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May 14, 2008

The Honorable Diane Wood to deliver keynote at Sunflower Ceremony, May 17, 2008

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The Honorable Diane P. Wood

The Honorable Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will deliver the keynote address at the University of Texas School of Law’s Sunflower Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. in the Frank Erwin, Jr., Special Events Center.

Judge Wood is also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Her areas of scholarly interest include antitrust law, international trade and business, and federal civil procedure. She has taught and published in all three fields.

Wood received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 and J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975. After graduating from UT Law, she clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court.

Wood worked briefly for the U.S. State Department on international investment, antitrust, and transfer of technology issues. She then joined Covington & Burling, where she continued a more general antitrust and commercial litigation practice until June 1980.

From 1980–1981, Wood was an assistant professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 1981, she joined the law faculty at the University of Chicago, where she was Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of International Legal Studies and where she also served as an associate dean.

From 1993 until 1995, she was deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice with responsibility for the division’s international, appellate, and legal policy matters. Wood was appointed to the Seventh Circuit in 1995.

Wood is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the highest academic honors in the United States. She is also a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Law Review Association. She has honorary J.D. degrees from Georgetown University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Related links:

Diane Wood faculty profile at the University of Chicago Law School

Press contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or

Event contact: Rey Ramos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, UT Law, (512) 232-1313.