MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — 3L Ryan Wallace has been named one of the top student leaders in the country by The National Jurist.
In its spring issue, the magazine named Wallace a finalist for Law Student of the Year. He is among 20 student leaders from across the country recognized for significantly contributing to their law school and community.
“I am humbled and grateful to be recognized for doing something I love,” said Wallace. “My dream is to become a lawyer who makes a difference in the world, helping communities and people, and I am honored to be able to pursue that dream.”
A two-time recipient of a Public Interest Advocates Summer Fellowship, Wallace has worked for West Virginia Senior Legal Aid and the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. As a student attorney in the clinic, he provided pro bono assistance in West Virginia communities devastated by floods.
Last year, Wallace ran a successful campaign for a seat on the Morgantown City Council. He is the first WVU student to hold a seat on the council.
Since taking office, Wallace has used his law background to help pass several significant city ordinances, including a non-discrimination ordinance for LGBTQ+ and veterans. He has also helped pass ordinances that make Morgantown safer, cleaner and more energy efficient.
Wallace serves on several municipal boards, commissions and committees. He also works to improve food security and youth fitness.
Prior to law school, Wallace held positions with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, including a post in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was also an English teacher in Taiwan.
Wallace is married and has two children. He is expected to graduate with a law degree in May.