Who is Nick Wallace?
Nick Wallace is a master’s student in environment and resources and JD. whose future was starting to look dark after he tested the limits of free speech on campus. Wallace’s Stanford Law diploma had been put on hold, meaning he might not be able to take the bar exam as planned this summer as the third-year student at Stanford Law School sent a satirical email to a student listserv reserved for debate and political commentary.
In it was a flyer mocking the Federalist Society, a conservative organization.
NEW: I spoke with Nick Wallace, the student who is not allowed to graduate from Stanford Law next week because a top member of the school’s Federalist Society chapter issued a formal complaint against him for making fun of FedSoc. https://t.co/gtrIlUfFOd @Slate
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) June 2, 2021
The limits of free speech have become an increasingly important challenge for both conservatives and liberals. Over the memorial day weekend, a prank by journalist Ken Klippenstein led to his firing from The Intercept. In other cases, several people have tried to pass off hate speech as free speech. In October 2020, a Tennessee preacher sued his school district after his daughter was kicked out of class for an anti-homosexuality t-shirt.
How old is Nick Wallace?
Nick Wallace is believed to be in his 20s.
Nick Wallace Student
According to a profile on Stanford’s website, Nicholas N Wallace is studying under the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program, the profile says.
According to reports, the third-year law student was hoping to take the Michigan bar exam this summer, but will not be able to do so since the bar requires students to send in their degrees. Stanford also lists Wallace as a ‘Class of 2021 Public Interest Fellows’.
That program is meant to recognize students who are planning to pursue careers in public service.
According to that webpage, Wallace was born and raised in Ann Arbour, Michigan. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Washington with a BSc degree. While studying at the university, Wallace also served as an economics and accounting tutor at the school’s academic support center. Post-graduation, Wallace first worked as a paralegal at a Seattle law firm, before stints in journalism. He then came to Stanford to pursue the joint MS-JD degree.
Nick Wallace Stanford
At Stanford, Wallace reportedly served as the editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and also volunteered with the Housing Pro Bono Project.
He has also interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a law firm that specializes in Tribal clients nationwide. “After graduating, he hopes to go into government or non-profit work in the environmental field,” the bio says. We also found a LinkedIn profile corroborating those facts.
Nick Wallace Stanford Law
The biggest gripe many have is with social media itself. Conservatives constantly lament that social media limits free speech.
Instead of studying for the finals, and preparing for the bar, Wallace found himself battling for his future over a digital flyer that he claims was simply meant to mock the FedSoc. “My concern now’s that different college students are going to see what’s occurring to me and hesitate to voice their opinions on controversial political matters,” he said in a press conference.
“So I’m going to maintain preventing this with the hope that Stanford will repair their course of in order that no pupil is subjected to this sort of remedy once”.
The issue arose from a flyer he published on January 25.
VICTORY:@Stanford drops its investigation into law student Nick Wallace’s satirical email hours after we issued our press release.
Nick is set to graduate next week. His diploma was put on hold pending the investigation.
Statement from Nick to his classmates: pic.twitter.com/MUCeApsQYA
— FIRE (@TheFIREorg) June 3, 2021
The flyer titled ‘the originalist case for inciting insurrection’ was meant to mock the FedSoc for not condemning the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
The flyer said the event was being organized by Stanford’s FedSoc and that Sen Joshua Hawley and Texas AG Ken Paxton would be attending.
That led to a complaint being filed by an unnamed student, who said:
“Nowhere in his electronic mail, nor on his flyer, did Wallace clarify that these representations of identification have been false.” The complaint added that the flyer “defamed” the Stanford Federalist Society, causing “harm” to the student group and to the “individual reputations” of the officers.