Patricia Wald

Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Previously with Neighborhood Legal Services Program and Center for Law and Social Policy.

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Where most active professionally: District of Columbia, International, and National
Law type: Civil and Criminal
Lists: In Memoriam and Judge
Source: CNEJL
Date deceased: Jan 12, 2019


The Honorable Patricia M. Wald, a graduate of Yale Law School, served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1999, serving as Chief Judge from 1986-1991. Judge Wald was a consultant for the Office of Economic Opportunity at the National Conference on Law and Poverty in 1965. She went on to work with legal services organizations such as Neighborhood Legal Services Program from 1968-1970 and the Center for Law and Social Policy from 1971-1972 before becoming Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice and, soon after, a Justice with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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