James H. Hall Jr.

Educational Policy & Community Studies

James H. Hall, Jr. is a 1979 graduate of University of Virginia School of Law. He joined the firm Charne, Clancy & Taitelman, S.C., in June 1979, where he became a partner and practiced until that firm’s dissolution in 1991, at which time he and others established the firm Hall, Burce & Olson, S.C., where he has continued to practice since that time.

Mr. Hall’s practice areas include, among other things, general business matters, small business and not-for-profit organizations, litigation, employment and civil rights. Mr. Hall has represented numerous individuals and groups of employees in connection with employment issues and has negotiated several comprehensive settlements in those matters. He has also represented clients in labor relations matters. He has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in matters involving discrimination in employment, housing and education.

Mr. Hall was co-lead counsel in the class action involving redlining discrimination against American Family Insurance Company, the class action settlement with the City of Milwaukee on behalf of African American Firefighters and the lawsuit challenging the Wisconsin voucher program. He has provided representation and counsel to a range of clients, including Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, City of Milwaukee Ethics Board, City of Milwaukee Pension Board, and the Community Relations - Social Development Commission of Milwaukee County

In 2007, Mr. Hall was retained by the City of St. Paul, Minnesota to conduct a performance audit of the laws and ordinances of the City and its Housing and Redevelopment Authority to determine compliance with equal opportunity requirements of those laws as well as State and Federal Statutes. Mr. Hall’s team conducted the audit over a six-month period and issued findings and recommendations that were adopted by the Mayor and City Council and which have been implemented to increase participation of minorities, women and persons with disabilities in contracting opportunities with the City. In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Hall was part of a team that conducted an audit that assessed the administrative application of certain provisions of the State of Minnesota’s Procurement Act, Human Rights Act and Statewide Affirmative Action Program. The audit focused on the State’s efforts to comply with pertinent legislative provisions and provided analysis, findings and recommendations for improvement. He is currently providing counsel to the City of Minneapolis regarding the legal parameters relating to targeting programs and initiatives to benefit American Descendants of Slaves (ADOS).

Mr. Hall is past president of the NAACP Milwaukee Branch and is a founding member of 100 Black Men of Milwaukee. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Wisconsin, a past member of the ACLU National Board of Directors, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is also a former board member of the Tanzanian Economic Development Initiative, the Haggarty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Fine Arts Society. Mr. Hall has extensive experience with non-profit financial matters, having served for fifteen years on the finance committee of the National ACLU and having served for several years as chairman of the finance committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Mr. Hall served for many years as chairman of the Endowment Committee of the ACLU National organization. Mr. Hall is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies in the School of Education. He has taught several courses in the Department, including Race and Public Policy in Urban America, Community Policy Analysis, Foundations of Community-Based Organizations, Community Problems, Urban Institutions and Minority Youth, The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights Movement in the South.