About the Author
John Wesley Hall,
Jr. :: ForHall@aol.com
John Wesley Hall, Jr. is a criminal
defense lawyer who practices in Little Rock, Arkansas. His criminal
practice includes trials, appeals, and post-conviction litigation.
original ethics advisor, he has been consulted by at least
900 criminal lawyers seeking confidential counsel on ethics issues
in the U.S., Military Courts, Canada, and international tribunals.
A student of the law of legal ethics in criminal defense practice
and prosecutorial misconduct for over 30 years, he has argued twice
in the U.S. Supreme Court, authored numerous amicus briefs in the
Supreme Court for NACDL and others, and he has appeared in four federal
Licensed to practice law for since 1973,
he has handled over 250 jury trials and over 200 appeals, having
made at least 80 oral arguments, two in the U.S. Supreme Court.
He concentrates on cases involving search and seizure issues, particularly
drugs, sex, violence and computer crime. He also handles street
crime, white collar crime, homicide, war crimes, and death penalty
cases. Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Lawyer was first
published in 1987 and the second edition was published in 1996.
He received his law degree from the University
of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1973. Before beginning his criminal
defense practice, Mr. Hall was a deputy prosecuting attorney in
Little Rock, and he was head of the office's Career Criminal Division
at the time he entered private practice in 1979. He also is licensed
to practice in New York, Nevada, Tennessee, and the District of
Columbia, seven federal district courts, as well as seven of the
thirteen federal appellate circuits, and the International Criminal
He was involved in the defense of a Sierra
Leone government official accused of war crimes in putting down
that country's civil war on trial before the Special
Court of Sierra Leone, an international war crimes
tribunal. That trial kept him in West Africa on third months, 2004-06.
He is a President Elect and a Life Member
of the 13,000 member (with 13,000 members and 90 affilate organizaions
with a total of about 35,000 members) of the National
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), was
the Chair of NACDL's Ethics Advisory Committee 1990-2005. He Previously
served as NACDL Secretary for 2003-04, Treasurer for 2004-05, Second
Vice-President for 2005-06, and First Vice President for 2006-07.
He received the NACDL's prestigious Robert
C. Heeney Memorial Award in 2002, NACDL's highest honor
for service to the criminal defense bar and NACDL.
He is also one of NACDL's representattives to the ABA task force
working on the fouth edition of the ABA Standards for the Prosecution
Function and Defense
He was elected by defense counsel in the International
Criminal Court in The Hague as a permanent member of the attorney
Disciplinary Appeals Board of the ICC for a four year term, 2007-10.
The Board consists of two lawyers alleged by the lawyers on the Registry
and three ICC judges appointed by the President of the Court.
He is also on the Board of Directors of
Criminal Defence Attorneys Association and one of the
principal drafters of the International
Criminal Bar's Code of Conduct.
He is peer review listed in The
Best Lawyers in America, and A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
He is also a Fellow of the American Board
of Criminal Lawyers, and a Past President of the Arkansas Association
of Criminal Defense Lawyers receiving its Champion of Justice Award
in 2003 and Humanitarian Award in 2005.
He is regular CLE speaker on lawyers'
ethics for criminal defense lawyers, having done at least 120 CLEs
in about 35 states, Québec, Alberta, and The Hague. He has
also appeared as an expert witness on the question of legal ethics
of criminal defense lawyers, criminal defense malpractice, ineffective
assistance of counsel, and prosecutorial misconduct from both sides.
He has been an occasional Adjunct Professor of Law at the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and a lecturer at UALR's
Graduate School of Criminal Justice.
He is also writes a blog on the Fourth
Amendment updated daily, depending on his trial schedule, www.FourthAmendment.com,
the author of Search
and Seizure (3d ed. 2000) published by Lexis Law Publishing
(fourth edition forthcoming) and Trial
Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers (2006 ed.) (5th edition).
He is in complete denial about the possibility
of burnout. See § 34:7.
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