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NO. R-252.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Deputy Attorney General J. Wallace Malley for his exemplary public service on behalf of the state of Vermont.


Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier.

Whereas, J. Wallace “Wally” Malley has served the state of Vermont as a member of the Vermont attorney general’s office for almost 30 years, and

Whereas, after graduating from Duke University in 1969 and from Georgetown University Law School in 1972, he served with distinction as an officer in the United States Navy, and

Whereas, in 1976, upon completing a clerkship with the Bennington County State’s Attorney, Wally Malley was admitted to the Vermont bar, and

Whereas, then Attorney General M. Jerome Diamond appointed him as an assistant attorney general, and

Whereas, a few years later, having demonstrated excellent legal skills in his work as a lawyer for the state of Vermont, Wally Malley was appointed by then Attorney General John Easton as Vermont’s deputy attorney general, the office’s number two official, and

Whereas, John Easton’s successor as Attorney General, Jeffrey Amestoy, was pleased to renew the appointment of the office’s second in command, and

Whereas, in 1997, after Governor Howard Dean appointed Attorney General Jeffrey Amestoy as chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, the governor named Wally Malley as the state’s acting attorney general, and

Whereas, the new attorney general, William Sorrell, recognizing Wally Malley’s wealth of professional experience and familiarity with the office’s operations, did not hesitate to reappoint him as Vermont’s deputy attorney general, and

Whereas, his professionalism has earned the respect and admiration of all the Vermont attorney generals for whom he has worked, regardless of their political party affiliation, and

Whereas, Wally Malley’s legal career has been distinguished through his work and expertise in consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental law, and by his successful defense of a multi-million dollar claim against the state of Vermont in the United States Supreme Court, and

Whereas, he has served as an advisor to Vermont state officials and legislators, to the National Association of Attorneys General, and to attorney generals in other states, and

Whereas, Wally Malley has been a mentor to and a role model for other lawyers in the attorney general’s office and throughout state government, and

Whereas, his management skills, calm demeanor, and high ethical standards have enhanced the organization and operation of the attorney general’s office, and

Whereas, when not engaged in his profession, Wally Malley has led an extremely busy life as a devoted husband, father, sailor, actor, gospel singer, and member of his community, and

Whereas, he is now retiring from state government, and

Whereas, Wally Malley is the husband of Garet Malley, and they have three sons, Brian, Collin, and Sean, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding career accomplishments of Vermont Deputy Attorney General J. Wallace Malley as he retires from government service and wishes him every success as he embarks on new endeavors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to J. Wallace Malley in Montpelier.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont