In Memory of




Obituary for Lawrence Gerald Wallace

Lawrence Wallace

It is with deep gratitude for his life that we share the passing of our brother and uncle, Lawrence Wallace of Chevy Chase, MD, who passed away at the age of 88.
He presented more than 150 cases before the Supreme Court as a deputy in the office of the United States Solicitor General. The role of this office is to represent the government in cases before the highest Court. Mr. Wallace holds the record for the 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, and an LL.B. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review.
He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
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, he joined the faculty of the Duke University Law School, where he remained until joining the office of the United States Solicitor General.
He was promoted to Deputy Solicitor General, and retired from the Solicitor General's office. 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 also enjoyed a second avocation, as an avid bridge player.
Survivors include his sister, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
Donations in lieu of flowers, please, to Symphony Arlington