Wade was raised by a working family in the Oxford Circle / Castor Gardens section of Northeast Philadelphia. After graduating from Central High School, Wade attended Temple University, where he completed the Honors Program and graduated in 2004 with highest honors, with a B.A. in Political Science and Classics. He went on to earn his J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2007.
Wade is openly gay, and hopes to join a small but growing number of LGBTQ+ members of the judiciary in Pennsylvania. He lives with his partner, Miguel, an immigration attorney.
Wade’s Legal Career
Wade now practices law at Stevens & Lee, one of the largest law firms in Pennsylvania. There, he focuses his practice on litigating employment discrimination and wage cases in federal and state courts and governmental agencies.
Wade also is an accomplished election law practitioner. He advises local, state, and federal candidates on campaign finance law compliance, and litigates ballot objection cases. In addition, he has a zoning law practice, in which he represents both community organizations and developers.
Wade began his formal legal career working for two preeminent trial judges on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He started as an intern law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss, and then served for almost four years as law clerk to the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro before President Obama appointed her to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.