Bio: Jameson Kunz

W. Jameson Kunz - Giving Voice to the Future

By Patrick Hughes
Assistant State Appellate Defender (Ret.)

Jamie Kunz (William Jameson Kunz, B.A. Yale, 1960; J.D., University of Chicago, 1972) continues his outstanding service to the local and national Criminal Defense communities as a trial advocacy educator and teacher as well as a practicing defense attorney. As an Assistant Public Defender in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, he defended capital murder cases as a member of the office’s Homicide Task Force subsequently assuming the position of its Training Director. Upon his retirement from that office, he joined the DuPage County Public Defender’s Office spending seven years there.

When he is not engaged in the training and teaching of public defenders, he is engaged in private criminal defense practice. Jamie Kunz is, and is recognized as, one of the premier criminal defense trial advocacy skills program creative thinkers and designers. The 27 year success and quality of the highly regarded annual week-long Illinois Public Defender Voir Dire/Trial Advocacy Skills Program is largely attributable to his program design, structure and continuing co-administration. He also has been and remains a valuable resource of the design and administration of a number of Illinois regional Public Defender Advocacy skills programs mounted by the Office of the State Appellate Defender/Illinois Public Defender Association. Additionally, he is a regular faculty member of the New York State Defender and University of Chicago annual Trial Advocacy programs. Also due to his great skills as a criminal defense advocate, he is recognized and acknowledged as an outstanding member of the defense bar.