Perry E. Wallace Jr.
Professor Perry E. Wallace received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and engineering mathematics from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. He received his law degree from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Charles Evans Hughes Fellowship. Professor Wallace also pursued graduate business studies at Columbia University, American University and George Washington University.
Professor Wallace was for several years a senior trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, handling cases involving environmental, energy and natural resources law. He has served as a securities arbitrator and as a commercial arbitrator. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Professor Wallace was also appointed to, and served, a three-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. He is a tenured professor of law at the Washington College of Law of the American University, where he teaches corporate, environmental and international law and serves as the director of the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program.
Professor Wallace has received numerous honors for his contribution as the first African American varsity basketball player in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), including: team captain; All-SEC second team; SEC Sportsmanship Award; Bachelor of Ugliness (most popular male student); induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame; induction into the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame; retirement of basketball jersey by Vanderbilt; named a “Legend” by the SEC; named a member of the Silver Anniversary All-America team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.