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Joseph L. Lester

Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs


B.A., Vanderbilt University; J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law

Professor Lester began his work with Faulkner in the Fall of 2000. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. Professor Lester is certified by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as a trial advocacy instructor. He teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Trial Advocacy. Professor Lester serves as the Director of Advocacy Programs coordinating all student advocacy teams and competitions.

Professor Lester's research interests are in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Gaming Law. You may view Professor Lester's recent publications on this website.

Professor Lester serves as a deacon at the University Church of Christ. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Off to Elba: The Legitimacy of Sex Offender Residence and Employment Restrictions, 40 Akron L. Rev. 339 (2007).

Gaming in Alabama: Futile Attempts to Put the Horse Back in the Barn, 10 Gaming L. Rev. 458 (2006).

B-I-N-G-O: The Legal Abuse of an Innocent Game, 18 St. Thomas L. Rev. 21 (2005).

Presumed Innocent, Fear Dangerous: The Eighth Amendment's Right to Bail, 32 N. Ky. L. Rev. 1 (2005).

Brandishing the Mark of Cain: The Process of Labeling Sex Offenders. FEDERAL SENTENCING REPORTER (December 2008).

Book Review, A Goodly Heritage by R. Volney Riser. American Journal of Legal History, Spring 2011

Editor Schroeder and Hoffman on Alabama Evidence, Third Edition. Thomson Reuters West Publication. (2009-Current)

Works in Progress

Manipulating Motive: Character Evidence That Perverts the Truth

How to Legally Gamble in the Bible Belt

Corruption, Conflict and Crisis: The Bingo Battle in Alabama

Faulkner University | Joseph L. Lester

Contact Information

Phone: 386-7542
Email: jlester@faulkner.edu