In Memory of Lawrence Wallace





Lawrence Wallace

It is with a deep sense of gratitude for his life that we share the passing of our brother and uncle, who will be missed, on Thursday, February 13, 2020, Lawrence Gerald Wallace of Chevy Chase, Maryland, died peacefully at the age of 88. Born on March 25, 1931, in Syracuse, New York to the late, Harry and Florence (nee Gordon) Wallace. Lawrence Wallace argued over 150 cases before the United States Supreme Court as a deputy in the office of the United States Solicitor General, whose office argues the government's cases before the Supreme Court. Mr. Wallace argued more cases than any other career civil servant. He also holds the record for most cases argued before the Supreme Court by any attorney, public or private, in the twentieth century. The Supreme Court was the first and only Court before which he ever appeared. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University in 1952 and 1954, respectively, and an LL.B. from Columbia University School of Law in 1959, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. He earned an Honorable Discharge as a First Lieutenant from the United States Air Force after serving from 1953 - 1955. After practicing law for a year with the Washington, D.C. firm of Covington & Burling, he served as a law clerk to Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court. As a law clerk, he assisted in the drafting of some of Justice Black’s opinions. After completing his clerkship in 1961, he joined the faculty of the Duke University Law School, where he remained until joining the office of the United States Solicitor General in January, 1968. He was promoted to Deputy Solicitor General in 1970 and retired from the Solicitor General's office in 2003. In 1989, he was the first recipient of the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service from the American Bar Association. In his avocation as a regularly performing violinist, he played at the opening of Kennedy Center during performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass," and also at a Mikhail Baryshnikov performance at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. He was pre-deceased by his brother Stuart and his niece, Lauren. Survivors include his sister, Ina Menter, Sister-in-law Joyce Wallace, nieces and nephews Tina Bulucea, Pamela Menter, Jeffrey Menter and Eric Menter, as well as five great-nephews. Donations in lieu of flowers, please, to Symphony Arlington http://www.symphonyarlington.org/support-your-symphony