John Clifford Wallace

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This is a page about the federal judge for the Ninth Circuit. If you are looking for information on the New Jersey Supreme Court justice, please see John Wallace.


John Clifford Wallace
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   San Diego, CA
Service:
Appointed by:   Richard Nixon
Active:   6/28/1972 - 4/8/1996
Chief:   1991-1996
Senior:   4/8/1996 - Present
Preceded by:   James Marshall Carter
Past post:   Southern District of California
Past term:   1970 - 1972
Past position:   Seat #4
Personal History
Hometown:   San Diego, CA
Undergraduate:   San Diego State University 1952
Law School:   University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law 1955



John Clifford Wallace is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in San Francisco. Wallace is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

Born in San Diego, California, Wallace served as a Second Class, Petty Officer in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1949. Wallace received a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University in 1952, and his bachelor's of Laws, LL.B, degree from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1955.[1]

Professional career

Wallace was a private practice attorney in San Diego, California from 1955 to 1970.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of California

Wallace was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California by President Nixon on October 7, 1970, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294, which was approved by Congress. The United States Senate confirmed Wallace's nomination on October 13, 1970, and Wallace received commission on October 16, 1970.[1] Wallace was succeeded in this position by William Enright.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Wallace was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Nixon on May 22, 1972, to a seat vacated by James Marshall Carter. The United States Senate confirmed Wallace's nomination on June 28, 1972, and Wallace received commission on June 28, 1972. Served as Chief Judge of the Court from 1991 to 1996 and assumed senior status on April 8, 1996.[1]

Awards and associations

Wallace was the 2005 recipient of the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Southern District of California
1970–1972
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
William Enright
Preceded by:
James Marshall Carter
Ninth Circuit
1972–1996
Succeeded by:
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