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.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!