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Judge Diane Wood had a busy 2009 on the road, as she was under consideration for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wood traveled to speaking engagements, moot courts, and other events about every other week, on average, illustrating a high level of engagement with lawyers nationwide that fits with her reputation as one of the federal judiciary’s intellectual heavyweights. The information is included on Wood’s most recent financial disclosure report, which asks sitting federal judges and nominees to list travel for which they received at least some reimbursement. The reports of Wood and Judge Merrick Garland, another short-lister for the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, also list millions in investment assets. Wood, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, visited eight states, three foreign countries, and the District of Columbia. She spoke at legal conferences, including an American Law Institute meeting on arbitration, and at moot competitions at Georgetown University Law Center and at Harvard Law School. She also traveled to more exotic locales, including the elite Renaissance Weekend, held last year in Jackson Hole, Wy., and the Australian National University for a lecture and visit. Garland, of the D.C. Circuit, listed five trips for which he was reimbursed — all to his alma mater, Harvard, for meetings of the university’s board of overseers. A third federal appellate judge under consideration for the Supreme Court, Judge Sidney Thomas of the 9th Circuit, listed no trips for which he was reimbursed. Of the three appellate judges, Garland listed the most in household investment assets: between $3.5 million and $8.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2008, the most recent date available. The bulk of it is in mutual funds, U.S. Treasury notes, and bonds, though Garland, a former Arnold & Porter partner, reported stock in several U.S. corporations, including General Electric Co. and jelly-maker J.M. Smucker Co. Wood listed assets valued between $2.4 million and $4.7 million as of Dec. 31, 2009, including rental houses in Texas, where she went to college and law school, and in Wisconsin. Thomas listed assets valued between $600,000 and $1.5 million as of Dec. 31, 2008, almost all of it in mutual funds. The current annual salary for federal circuit judges is $184,500. None of the three judges listed any liabilities, though the form excludes mortgages and most personal loans. The asset portion of the form also excludes personal residences. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, in a report she filed last year for her confirmation process, listed assets valued at $2.2 million. David Ingram can be contacted at [email protected].

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