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Judge Diane Wood

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Year born: 1950
Education: B.A. University of Texas at Austin, J.D. University of Texas School of Law

Wood worked at the antitrust division of the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, and she was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit by Clinton in 1995. She knows Obama from her days as a professor at the University of Chicago law school, where he also taught. Among those mentioned seriously as a Supreme Court candidate, Wood is the favorite of the liberal activists, praised as a brilliant judge with a fully developed judicial philosophy and constitutional view.
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Experience: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Justice Dept., former professor at the University of Chicago law school

Timeline of Wood's life

July 4, 1950

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey.

1971

Graduates with B.A., University of Texas.

1975

Receives her J.D. from the University of Texas.

1975-76

Clerks for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

1976-77

Clerks for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1977-78

Works as attorney-advisor, office of the legal adviser, economic and business affairs section, U.S. Department of State.

1978-80

Works as an associate at Covington & Burling, a law firm in Washington, D.C.

1980-81

Becomes assistant professor at Georgetown Law School.

1981-1995

Joins the University of Chicago Law School as an assistant professor; becomes a full professor in 1988.

1985-86

Spends year as visiting professor, Cornell Law School.

1985-87

Works as special assistant to the assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

1993-95

Serves as deputy assistant attorney general for international, appellate and policy in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

June 1995 - present

Circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

TIMELINE SOURCES: Staff Reports, WhoRunsGov; GRAPHIC: Robert Barnes, Amy Goldstein and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post
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