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The Honorable Patricia Wald
The Honorable Patricia Wald is a current Board member and former Chair of the Open Society Justice Initiative. She previously served as a judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She served on the Iraq Intelligence Commission, an independent panel tasked with investigating U.S. intelligence surrounding the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. She was appointed Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice in 1977 and was the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was also a founding member of the Prettyman-Leventhal American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C. Judge Wald is a member of the Global Council of the California International Law Centre at the University of California-Davis School of Law. She graduated from Connecticut College in 1948 and earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1951.