Judge J. Clifford Wallace

Judge John Clifford Wallace will speak at the Sunday evening Fireside. A native of San Diego who attended San Diego State University, Judge Wallace earned his law degree at Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley,

He served a stint in the United States Navy, then returned to San Diego and worked in private practice at the law firm of Gray Carey. In 1970 Wallace was appointed to serve as a federal trial judge in the Southern District of California. Two years later, he was appointed a federal appellate judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he heard federal appeals from California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, and Guam. He served as Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit from 1991 until 1996, when he assumed senior status, with a reduced case-load. He continues to serve as a senior judge in the Ninth Circuit today.

Judge Wallace upon his appointment to the Ninth Circuit in 1972.

Throughout his career in the federal judiciary, Judge Wallace has had a keen interest in strengthening the judiciaries in foreign countries. To this end, he has worked closely within the “rule of law” movement—a movement aimed to teach and share the concepts and ideals of an independent judiciary and impartial judicial system. Judge Wallace has traveled extensively throughout the world, teaching and mentoring on the the development of strong judiciaries.

Aside from his acclaimed work as a jurist, Judge Wallace has also lived a life marked by church service. He has served as bishop, stake president, temple president, regional representative, and currently serves as a sealer in the San Diego Temple. During his many years of church service, Wallace associated with many great church leaders, including Gordon B. Hinckley, Hugh B. Brown, Neal A. Maxwell. In January, the Church News published an ARTICLE about his life of faithful service.

Judge Wallace is a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He and his wife, Jenee, continue to live an active life in San Diego.

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally slated fireside speaker, Jack Christianson, is unable to attend the conference. We are grateful to Judge Wallace and his willingness to speak.)