Law Offices of

JAMES M. HALLETT

1001 Sixth Street, Suite 120
Manhattan Beach, CA  90266-6750
(310) 376-3374     Fax: (310) 318-0709

CURRICULUM VITAE

CERTIFIED CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALIST
State Bar of California
Board of Legal Specialization

CRIMINAL LAW EXPERIENCE

  • 9/1/82 to
    present
  • 10/81 - 8/82
  • 6/73 - 10/81

Private practice in Manhattan Beach area.

Private practice, Long Beach.
Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County. Place Assignments:  Los Angeles, Torrance, Norwalk, Long Beach, Compton.  Job Assignments:  Preliminary hearings, juvenile, extraditions, traffic trials, misdemeanor trials, mental health trials, writs and appeals, felonies.
 
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
 
  • Appointed by the California Supreme Court to represent the defendant in his automatic death penalty appeal in People v. McLain, 46 Cal.3d 97, including personal participation in oral argument.
  • Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton, to represent the defendants in death penalty prosecutions in People v. Travis, A622357; People v. Bridges, A623271; and People v. Sykes, A625409. (In all three of these cases, the defendant was the alleged shooter in a robbery-murder; none resulted in a death verdict; all were resolved at pretrial.).
  • Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton, to represent the defendant in the death penalty prosecution in People v. Hammonds, A646376 (1990 jury verdict: life).
  • Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach, to represent the defendant in the death penalty prosecution in People v. Butler, NA019605 (high publicity case involving the killing of two Japanese exchange students in San Pedro) (1996 jury verdict: death; appeal pending).
  • Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach, to represent the defendant in the death penalty prosecution in People v. Lipsey, NA038648 (publicity case involving take-over robbery murder in Grinder Restaurant, Harbor City) (2001 verdict: life).
  • Appointed by the South Bay Municipal Court to represent the defendant in the high publicity Manhattan Ranch Preschool child molestation case in 1984.
  • Television and radio appearances in the Los Angeles area on topics including child molestation, abortion, vigilantism, and the death penalty.
  • Handled to final jury verdict: 58 felonies and 29 misdemeanors.
  • Handled to final disposition in Superior Court: 36 murders (Penal Code §187).
  • Seminar speaker, contributor to legal publications, and legislative advocate for CACJ, CPDA, SBBA and local bar asssociations.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
 
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1984.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ).
 
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION:
 
  • Regular and frequent attendance at seminars presented by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and periodic attendance at seminars presented by the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the South Bay Bar Association.
  • Regular speaker on solutions to domestic violence.

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