Letter: Former Clayton Co. District Attorney Albert Wallace led a distinguished career

To the Editor:

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former Clayton County District Attorney Albert Bailey Wallace of Jonesboro on his recent passing.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Wallace served as district attorney for eight years during the 1960s and devoted the remainder of his career to the private practice of law. He played a significant role in the history of the legal profession in Georgia in 1969, when he prevailed as the plaintiff in a case decided by the Supreme Court of Georgia, which upheld the constitutional status of the unified State Bar of Georgia.

Mr. Wallace was also the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the State Bar of Georgia in 2001 for excellence in Bar leadership, as well as the Charles S. Pursley Award in 2009 for recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of eminent domain law. He also served his country by enlisting in the military during World War II and, later, as a congressional aide prior to beginning his law practice.

All Georgia lawyers are grateful for Albert B. Wallace’s lifetime of service and are inspired by his many contributions toward promoting the cause of justice and upholding the integrity of the legal profession in our state.

Sincerely,

— Robert J. “Bob” Kauffman

President, State Bar of Georgia

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