Retired Vandy Law Prof Dies

Donald J. Hall, a celebrated professor of criminal law, who served on Vanderbilt’s law faculty from 1970 until his retirement in 2007, died Nov. 29 at the age of 69. Well regarded by students and colleagues, Hall was the author of a national casebook on criminal procedure, held the Vanderbilt University Chair for Teaching Excellence in 1994 and served as the law school’s associate dean from 1979 to 1984. He also coached the school’s national moot court team for many years and mentored generations of students. Hall was active outside the university setting as well, serving as chair of the state Ethics Commission, co-chair of the Tennessee Commission on Gender Fairness, a member of the Tennessee Sentencing Commission, and a member of the Governor's Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform and the Governor's Task Force on the Use of Enhancement Factors in Criminal Sentencing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Family and Children’s Center of Nashville, the Donald J. Hall Scholarship Fund at Vanderbilt Law School or to a charitable organization of the donor’s choice. Read more from the school