Wade is a native of La Crosse and has lived in Madison since spending his third year of law school at the University of Wisconsin. Before moving to Madison, Wade lived in Minneapolis where he attended the University of St. Thomas Law School for his first two years of law school. Throughout life Wade has been motivated to help disadvantaged populations. The most profound experience for Wade was volunteering at a Peruvian orphanage before attending law school. The time there can be described simply as eye-opening. During law school, Wade continued to be committed to volunteer work by spending time at a number of different volunteer organizations throughout the communities where he has lived. This dedication to helping people still drives his work. When not involved in his work, Wade enjoys spending time outdoors, watching his favorite sports teams, and reading about current and historical events.