Judge John Clifford Wallace Lecture Series

john_clifford_wallaceHon. John Clifford Wallace

Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

The Law School is proud to inaugurate the J. Clifford Wallace Annual Lecture Series with an address by the series’ namesake.

John Clifford Wallace, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, is one of most recognized and influential graduates of the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law. Judge Wallace graduated from Boalt Hall in 1955, and after a decade and a half in private practice was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a federal district judgeship in the Southern District of California, receiving his commission October of 1970. Two years later he was nominated and confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, later serving as Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit from 1991 to 1996.

Judge Wallace took senior status in 1996.In addition to his rulings on the bench, Judge Wallace is known for his focus on international affairs and development and advancing the rule of law abroad, especially through developing an independent judiciary, streamlining judicial administration, and strengthening the separation of powers. He has traveled the globe extensively to promote these principles in fledging judiciaries ranging from the South Pacific to the Middle East to China.

Inaugural Lecture

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
12:45 – 2:00 PM
132 Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law

Religious Minorities: The Importance of Religious Freedom and Strong Judicial Administration

RSVP required. Lunch will be served at 12:45 PM. 


  • Diarmuid O’Scannlain

    • Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Jesse Choper

    • Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, Berkeley Law
  • Michael McConnell

    • Richard and Frances Mallery Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Mark Yudof

    • President Emeritus, University of California
    • Chancellor Emeritus, University of Texas
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