It is our great pleasure to reintroduce Judge Patricia M. Wald, who was a guest blogger with us on the old site. Herpost with us today is the speech she gave at IntLawGrrls’ 10th Birthday Conference in Athens, Georgia.
Patricia served from 1999-2001 as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Before joining ICTY Patricia served from 1986-1991 as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, part of a judicial tenure there that spanned 20 years. She was the court’s 1st woman chief.
Before becoming a judge, Patricia was, among other things: the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice; co-director of the Ford Foundation Drug Abuse Research Project; and an attorney with the Mental Health Law Project, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and DOJ’s Office of Criminal Justice. Having earned her J.D. from Yale and her B.A. from the Connecticut College for Women, Patricia clerked for Judge Jerome Frank, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has published many articles on international criminal justice, as well as five books on criminal justice, children’s rights, poverty, and women.