John Clifford Wallace

Hon. John Clifford Wallace
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Address: The James R. Browning Courthouse
95 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 355-8000
Web site:

Position Education Honors
Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Circuit Judge, since April 8, 1996

Appointed 1972 by Richard M. Nixon
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California, 1955

San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1952

Published Works:
Inter-Branch Communication: A Time to Heal and Help, Jurist: Books-on-Law (Vol. 2, No. 1), January 1, 1999

Resolving Judicial Corruption While Preserving Judicial Independence: Comparative Perspectives, 28 Cal.W.Int'l L.J. 341, 1998

A New Era of Federal-Tribal Court Cooperation, 79 Judicature 150, 1995

The Ninth Circuit Should Not Be Split, 56 Ohio St.L.J. 941, 1995

An Idea: The American Inns of Court, The Bencher, Vol. X, No. 1, 1995

Developing the Mission of the Federal Courts - A Method to Determine the Size of the Federal Judiciary, 27 Conn.L.Rev. 851, 1995

"How the People Are Protected from Their Government's Errant Conduct: The United States Experience," Proceedings of the Conference on Administrative Courts, 51 Journal of the Thai Bar Association 219, 1995

The Case for Large Federal Courts of Appeals, 77 Judicature 288, 1994

Tackling the Caseload Crisis, 88 A.B.A.J., 1994

Keynote Address, 10 State Justice Institute, 1993

The Future of Judiciary: A Proposal, 27 Cal.W.L.Rev. 361, 1990

Israeli and American Conceptions of Religious Freedom: A Response to Izhak Englard, Religion and Law Biblical-Judaic and Islamic Perspectives 377, 1990

The Influence of the United States Constitution on Pacific Nations, 16 Korean Journal of Comparitive Law 14, December, 1988

"Man Does Not Live by Law Alone," Introduction to Crime and Punishment in Modern America, The Institute for Government and Politics of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, 1986

Whose Constitution? An Inquiry into the Limits of Constitutional Interpretation, Still the Law of the Land? Essays on Changing Interp. of the Const. (Hillsdale College Press), 1987

Before State and Federal Courts Clash, A.B.A. Judges Journal 36, Fall, 1985

Book Review (reviewing C. Wright, "The Law of Federal Courts," 4th ed.), 62 Tex.L.Rev. 191, 1983

A Two Hundred Year Old Constitution in Modern Society, 61 Tex.L.Rev. 1575, 1983

The Nature and Extent of Intercircuit Conflicts: A Solution Needed for a Mountain or a Molehill, 71 Cal.L.Rev. 913, 1983

Judicial Reform and the Pound Conference of 1976, 80 Mich.L.Rev. 592, 1982

American Inns of Court: A Way to Improve Advocacy, A.B.A. J. 282, March, 1982

The Jurisprudence of Judicial Restraint: A Return to the Moorings, 50 Geo.Wash.L.Rev. 1, 1981

Wanted: Advocates Who Can Argue in Writing, 67 Ky.L.J. 375, 1979

The Nunn Bill: An Unneeded Compromise of Judicial Independence, 61 Judicature 476, 1978

Judicial Administration in a System of Independents: A Tribe with Only Chiefs, BYU L.Rev. 39, 1978

Our Judicial System Needs Help: A Few Inside Thoughts, 12 U.S.F. L.Rev. 3, 1977

Must We Have the Nunn Bill? The Alternative of Judicial Councils of the Circuits, 51 Ind.L.J. 297, 1976

Dismissals and Retraxits, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Report of 3rd Annual Seminar, 1964

Family Law: Appellate Contempt Jurisdiction Pending Custody Appeal: Continuing Jurisdiction of Trial Court Custody Orders Before the Appellate Court - Contempt: Requirements of Notice for Constructive Contempt: Contempt for Violation of a Statutory Staty, 42 Cal.L.Rev. 885, 1954

Evidence: Right of Opponent to Production of Memoranda Used by Witness to Refresh Recollection Prior Testifying, 41 Cal.L.Rev. 753

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Visiting Professor of Law and Lecturer, Brigham Young University School of Law

Adjunct Professor of Law and Lecturer, University of San Diego School of Law

Adjunct Professor of Law and Lecturer, California Western School of Law

Faculty Member, Seminar, American Law and Legal Institutions, Salzburg, Austria, 1985

Faculty Member, University of San Diego Program at King's College, London, 1987

Honors and Awards:
California Newspaper Publishers Association, Distinguished Service Award, 1979

Boy Scouts of America, Silver Beaver Award, 1981

Brigham Young University Honorary Alumni Award, 1979

Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Arts and Letters, San Diego State University, 1985

Award for Outstanding Service, United States Information Agency, 1987

Brigham Young University LL.D. (Honorary), 1987

Western State University College of Law, LL.D. (Honorary), 1987

Co-Recipient of Boalt Hall Alumni Association Citation Award

California Western School of Law, LL.D. (Honorary), 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates

Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Federal Jurisdiction, 1974 - 1976

Judicial Conference Committee to Consider Standards for Admission to, 1976 - 1979
Practice in the Federal Courts, Member

Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch, 1980 - 1988

Institute of Judicial Administration

J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1974 - 1977
Board of Visitors

San Diego County Council, Boy Scouts of America
Vice President

San Diego County Council, Boy Scouts of America
Member, Executive Board

San Diego County Council, Boy Scouts of America
Executive Committee

University of Southern California Law Center, 1983 - 1989
Board of Councilors

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research's Ten Year
Project to Study the Constitution, Advisory Panel

California Western School of Law
Council of Visitors

Boy Scouts of America, Co-Chairman
Committee to Develop Scouting in Black/Hispanic San Diego Communities

Ninth Circuit Committee on Reorganization of the Circuit Conference, 1974
and Circuit Conference Committees, Member and Chairman

Judicial Conference of the Circuit Executive Committee, 1978 - 1988
Chief Judge's Representative

Judicial Conference Executive Committee
Chairman, 1977 and 1988

Federal Judicial Center, 1988 - 1991

Ninth Circuit Program Subcommittee, Int'l Appellate Judges Conference
Chief Judge

Federal Courts Study Committee
Advisory Panel, Workload Subcommittee

Asia Foundation
Senior Advisor, Legal Systems and Judicial Administration

Past Employment Positions:
Southern District of California, United States District Judge, 1970 - 1972

United States Court of Apeals, Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge, February 1, 1991 - March 1, 1996

Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, San Diego, 1955 - 1970

Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, San Diego, Partner, 1962 - 1970

United States Navy, .S. Navy Second Class Petty Officer, 1946 - 1949

San Diego, California, Private Practice, 1955 - 1970

Birth Information:
1928, San Diego, California, United States of America

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