Congratulations to TCP’s 2011 Constitutional Champion recipient, Judge Patricia Wald, on being named to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In announcing her selection, the White House called Judge Wald “one of the most respected appellate judges of her generation.”
A former member of both TCP’s Liberty & Security Committee and the Task Force on Detainee Treatment, Judge Wald was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She retired from the D.C. Circuit in 1999 after serving 20 years on the bench. She also served as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She is currently one of five members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Judge Wald will be honored at a White House ceremony later this year along with 15 other medal winners.