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Bedford County Honors W&L Alum

Washington and Lee alumnus the Hon. Philip A. Wallace has received an honor from Bedford County, Va., which hung his portrait in the courthouse there.

Judge Wallace, who received his undergraduate degree in 1967 and his law degree from W&L in 1972, served as a judge in the 24th District from 1991 to 2009. Most of his service was in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, where his portrait was unveiled earlier this month.

During his tenure, Wallace participated in several statewide initiatives, including the Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force in 1995 and the forms committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts for several years.

Under his leadership, Bedford’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court received designation as a Best Practice Court for Foster Care and Adoption in 2002 and expanded use of mediation in abuse and neglect and foster-care cases to promote peaceful resolution.

In 1998, Wallace won the Ally Award for efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims in Virginia, and in 2000 he was named Judge of the Year by the Virginia Foster Care Association.