Plan II alumna, The Honorable Diane P. Wood (BA 1971, JD 1975) receives 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Judge Wood is a Circuit Judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. She will give the commencement address at the May, 2011 Plan II Honors Commencement Convocation.
Posted: December 8, 2010
Created in 1958, Distinguished Alumnus Awards are granted annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to The University of Texas.
Judge Wood received her bachelor's degree in Plan II with highest honors and special honors in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 1971 and her law degree from the University in 1975. She has spent 15 years on the federal bench, having been appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Bill Clinton in June 1995. She also has been a leading contender to fill the two most recent U.S. Supreme Court vacancies.
Previously, Judge Wood was among the first women selected for the University of Chicago Law School faculty, and she served as the school's associate dean from 1989 to 1992. In 1990, she became the first woman at the school to be honored with a named chair, the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Chair in the International Legal Studies. Since joining the Seventh Circuit, she has continued to teach at the university as a senior lecturer.
A distinguished legal scholar, Judge Wood focuses on international trade and business, federal civil procedure and antitrust law. She has lectured in all three areas for audiences around the world, often in one of the several foreign languages she speaks fluently. Judge Wood will give the commencement address at the Plan II Honors Program's Commencement Convocation on May 21, 2011.T