Syracuse University’s College of Law has launched its new Doctor of Juridical Science in Law (Scientiae Juridicae Doctor, or S.J.D.) degree program. This is the third programmatic announcement in the 2019-2020 academic year for the College of Law, coming after…
Matthew Wallace Elected as ABA Board of Governors Law Student At-Large
Matthew Wallace, a J.D./M.P.A. candidate (2019) and a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, has been elected as the national law student at-large on the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors. In this capacity, he will be responsible for advocating on behalf of the nation’s more than 120,000 law students during the 2018-2019 academic year. The online election took place from March 13-15.
“As law student at-large, my priorities, among others, will include advocating for the preservation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and increasing the availability of mental health resources for law students,” says Wallace. “These issues are vitally important both to my fellow students at the College of Law and to the future of our profession as a whole. I look forward to bringing these concerns before the board of governors and working with them to find viable solutions that will benefit law students all across the country.”
In his election platform statement, Wallace also addressed improving law student participation in the ABA and starting a campaign to reach out to communities that could potentially provide a pool of law students, and eventually attorneys, dedicated to public service.
“One such community is veterans returning from our decade-long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,” explained Wallace in his statement. “Having worked with many of these individuals first hand, I know their passionate commitment both to this country and to the success of every individual they stand beside each day. Several of my classmates are veterans, and I know that a targeted recruitment campaign could result in a new generation of attorneys ready to serve the people of the United States.”
A native of San Francisco, Wallace earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. Wallace was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduating in June 2016. Before beginning law school, Wallace worked as part of a joint force operations and international law team at the Pentagon.
At the College of Law, Wallace is executive vice president-elect of the Student Bar Association, and he was the cass vice president in his first year. Wallace also has worked as a student attorney for the college’s Wohl Family Veteran’s Legal Clinic and has interned at the JetBlue Airways Legal Department, a position in line with his passion for the aerospace industry, as is his membership in the ABA Air and Space Forum.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience. The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.