John Wesley Hall is a criminal defense lawyer and NACDL’s 50th Past President. He has held all officer positions in NACDL and was a member of the Board of Directors for twelve years prior to 2002. He received NACDL’s 2002 Heeney Award, NACDL’s most prestigious recognition.
A student of the Fourth Amendment ( FourthAmendment.com) and law of legal ethics in criminal defense practice and prosecutorial misconduct for over 42 years, he has argued twice in the U.S. Supreme Court, authored numerous amicus briefs in the Supreme Court for NACDL and others. As an ethics advisor, Mr. Hall has been consulted by at least 900 criminal lawyers seeking confidential counsel on ethics issues in the United States and Canada, military courts and tribunals, including the Guantanamo tribunal, and international criminal tribunals. He also wrote or co-wrote all of NACDL’s ethics advisory opinions to date. He tried a war crimes trial in the Special Court of Sierra Leone in 2004-06. He has handled over 350 jury trials and over 300 appeals, having made at least 90 oral arguments. He has orally argued in five federal circuit courts and four state appeals courts.
He is the author of Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Lawyer (3d ed. 2005, Thomson West), Search and Seizure (5th ed. 2013, Lexis Law Publishing), and Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers (5th ed. 2006, Thomson West). Mr. Hall was one of the principal drafters of the International Criminal Bar’s Code of Conduct and was elected by defense counsel in the International Criminal Court in The Hague as a member of the Attorney Disciplinary Appeals Board of the ICC 2007-10. He is a Fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, peer review listed in The Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers, and A-V rated by Martingale-Hubbell.
In 2015-17, he was appointed by the Arkansas Governor as the criminal defense representative to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force.
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.