Judge Wood Profiled

Frontrunner for Supreme Court Believes Constitution Grows 'With the Times'
Marie Magleby
May 5, 2009

This photo taken in June 2008 and provided by the University of Chicago shows Judge Diane Pamela Wood of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Wood is a possible nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a 2005 article she wrote for the New York University Law Review, Wood argued that the U.S. Constitution “survives” the test of time through the “evolving” interpretation of its text.
“Over the long run, even though it can sometimes be frustrating to wait for the long run, it has been better to allow constitutional understandings to grow with the times,” she wrote. “Our eighteenth-century Constitution, while a bit cryptic at the edges, is nonetheless a real treasure.”

Diane P. Wood