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Judge J. Clifford Wallace to Receive Devitt Award
Judge J. Clifford Wallace (9th Cir.) will receive the 2005 Edward J. Devitt
Distinguished Service to Justice Award. The award, named for the late Judge
Edward J. Devitt (D. Minn.), honors Article III judges who have made significant
contributions in their careers to the administration of justice, the advancement
of the rule of law, and the improvement of society as a whole.
Throughout his judicial career, Wallace has been influential in the field of
state-federal judicial relations, in the improvement of relations between the
bench and bar, and in the pursuit of judicial efficiency for trial and appellate
With Chief Justice Warren Burger, Wallace was an early advocate for the
establishment of the American Inns of Court, and he remains active in the
association. Among his many contributions to judicial administration was his
work in shaping the legislation that authorized the present structure for a
judicial discipline system in the federal courts.
Throughout his career, Wallace has worked with foreign judiciaries. Since
taking senior status in 1996, he has traveled extensively to developing
countries to teach the importance of judicial education, efficiency, and
excellence. His reputation as a spokesman for the rule of law is known by judges
in Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.
Wallace also has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the
Judicial Conference, and as a member of numerous Conference committees.
He was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
California in 1970 and was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit in 1972, serving as chief judge from 1991 to 1996.
The 2005 Devitt Award recipient was chosen by a three-member panel chaired by
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, with Chief Judge John M. Walker, Jr. (2nd
Cir.) and Chief Judge Barbara Brandriff Crabb (W.D. Wis.). The annual Devitt
Award is administered by the American Judicature Society.