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Wald, Patricia McGowan
Born 1928 in Torrington, CT

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on April 30, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on July 24, 1979, and received commission on July 26, 1979. Served as chief judge, 1986-1991. Service terminated on November 16, 1999, due to retirement.

Education:
Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College), B.A., 1948
Yale Law School, LL.B., 1951

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Jerome Frank, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1951-1952
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1952-1953
Research and editorial assistant, Frederick M. Rowe, Esq., 1959-1962
Member, National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice, 1963-1964
Consultant, National Conference on Law & Poverty, Office of Economic Opportunity, 1965
Member, President's Commission on Crime in the District of Columbia, 1965-1966
Consultant, President's Commission on Law Enforcement & Administration of Criminal Justice, 1966-1967
Attorney, Office of Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 1967-1968
Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Washington, D.C., 1968-1970
Consultant, National Advisory Committee on Civil Disorder, 1968
Consultant, National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, 1969
Co-director, Ford Foundation Drug Abuse Research Project, 1970
Attorney, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, D.C., 1971-1972
Director, Office of Policy and Issues, Sargent Shriver Vice-Presidential Campaign, 1972
Attorney, Mental Health Law Project, Washington, D.C., 1972-1977
Assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, 1977-1979
Member, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, 1999-
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