Matthew R. Hall serves as the Senior Associate Dean at the School of Law — his primary responsibility is Academic Affairs. He also works closely with the offices of Admissions, Career Services, Communications, the Registrar, and Student Affairs. And he tackles a variety of strategic projects at the Law School as assigned by the Dean. He is the Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Board.
In the classroom, Dean Hall teaches Property to first-year students and Legislation for upper level students. In January, you will find him teaching Contract Negotiation and Drafting in the Skill Session, while in May Intersession he offers Federal Trial Practice. Over the years, Dean Hall has also taught Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Immigration Law, National Security Law, and a seminar on Future Law. For undergraduates, he taught Intelligence Communications for the University’s Intelligence and Security Studies program and Introduction to Law for students at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Dean Hall’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of immigration law, criminal law and procedure, and national security law. Recently, however, he published an article working to reconcile civil disobedience and the rule of law.
Before joining the faculty in 2001, Dean Hall worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation and specialized in national security and counter-terrorism matters. Dean Hall obtained his position at Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. While with the Justice Department, Dean Hall worked on certiorari oppositions before the U.S. Supreme Court; he handled appeals in nine of the U.S. Courts of Appeals; and he litigated cases in a dozen different U.S. District Courts.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Dean Hall held two clerkships with federal judges. First, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Terence T. Evans, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He then clerked for Judge John G. Heyburn II, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Dean Hall received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. In law school, he earned a spot on the Moot Court Board and he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. Dean Hall received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, where he studied Government.
Dean Hall is a member of the University of Mississippi’s Allies Program – a network of faculty and staff who visibly support students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The members of Allies also work to foster a campus climate in which all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, may feel safe, supported, respected, and affirmed.