Wayne Alley

Title: Judge, Retired Military Officer

Location: Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Wayne Alley, Judge, Retired Military Officer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the United States military.

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1952, Mr. Alley was on active duty with the ROTC and realized he wanted to pursue law. He earned Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University in 1957 and is admitted to practice law in California, Oregon, and California. He then worked as a partner of Williams & Alley in Portland, OG, 1957 from 1959 but was unsatisfied with this work as he wanted to see more of the world and enter public service. Thus, he joined the United States Army, served until 1981 and enjoyed every day of his esteemed career. He was a commissioned officer, advanced through grades to brigadier general and was a judge within the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Following his military service, Mr. Alley served as a dean of the College of Law and director of the Law Center at the University Oklahoma, Norman, from 1981 to 1985 and as a judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City from 1985 until his retirement in 2004.

Mr. Alley was instrumental in providing justice following the horrors of the My Lai Massacre. He was a trial military judge in Hawaii at the time and was asked to travel to the Washington, DC area and serve as an appellate judge. He did so and rendered an opinion against the perpetrator of that atrocity, William Calley. Following this pursuit, Mr. Alley was the chief of the criminal law division at the Pentagon. He also became the chair of the Joint Services Committee on Military Justice. As a trial judge, he felt the military was not keeping up with respect to the rules of evidence so he initiated a working group of younger officers to produce the Military Rules of Evidence, which were promulgated by the President via executive order. His legacy in that initiative lives on today, and it is his enduring pride. As a testament to his success, Mr. Alley has been decorated with a Distinguished Service Medal, a Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. Furthermore, he appears in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in America: Student Version, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Politics and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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