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Hofstra Law Review - The First Annual Thomas C. Wales Memorial Award Reception

Hofstra Law Review First Annual Thomas C. Wales Memorial Award Reception

 Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Fresco on the Go Midtown 
40 East 52nd Street 
(Between Park and Madison Avenues) 
New York, NY 10022

 2013 Thomas C. Wales Memorial Award Honoree 

Timothy Lynch '99 
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office,
Eastern District of New York 

Timothy Lynch serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he is responsible for representing the United States in a wide range of civil actions to enforce federal civil rights laws, anti-discrimination statutes, and environmental, health, and safety regulations. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked as a litigation associate in the New York offices of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, and Walker LLP. In addition to his legal practice, Lynch also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and bar associations, including the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Lynch is a 1999 graduate of Hofstra Law, where he served as the articles editor for the Hofstra Law Review.

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Thomas C. Wales was born in Boston in 1952 and grew up in Southborough, Mass., where his father taught at St. Mark's School.  After attending a local elementary school and a year at Winchester College in England, where his father taught on an exchange program, Tom went to Milton Academy, graduating in 1970. Leadership seemed to come naturally to him; he was Head Monitor at Milton and captain of the football team. He went on to Harvard and then to Hofstra Law where he graduated with distinction in 1979 and was editor-in-chief of the Hofstra Law Review.

In 1983, Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, whom he had met when they were both high school students at Milton Academy  and married during his Harvard undergrad years, moved to Seattle. Spurred by his desire to truly make a difference for the benefit of society, Tom became a federal prosecutor. Tom’s work focused on white collar crime. Unlike most Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who spend only a few years in the job before moving on to better-paying jobs at law firms, Wales remained in his position for eighteen years.  His record as a litigator was extraordinary; he never lost a case he tried. He became Senior Litigation Counsel and was the first and longest-serving Professional Responsibility Officer at the Seattle U.S. Attorney's Office.

Tom’s passion extended far beyond his work for the government. He became a neighborhood activist, fighting overdevelopment and the placement of cell-phone towers.  He served for several years on the Seattle Planning Commission, the Design Review Board, and the Mayor's Citizen Advisory Committee, among others. He also chaired his local community and district councils.  After a student at the high school that the Wales’ son attended brought a gun to school and shot and injured two classmates, Tom’s outrage led to his becoming the president of Washington CeaseFire, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in Washington state through education, research, and advocacy.

Tom’s life was tragically cut short the night of October 11, 2001, when he was shot and killed at his home.  His murder remains unsolved.   Jeffrey Toobin, CNN analyst and author, wrote a remarkable article in The New Yorker on Tom’s case. 

Tom’s family and friends established The Thomas C. Wales Foundation which is dedicated to the promise of ordinary citizens actively helping to create a more livable and fair society. The Foundation’s work focuses on inspiring civic engagement. 

Also in recognition of Tom’s devotion to public service, his classmate and fellow Hofstra Law Review member, Catherine Samuels ’79, has endowed the Tom Wales Public Justice Fellowship at Hofstra Law.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013



Fresco on the Go
40 East 52nd Street
(Between Park and Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10022


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