James B. Haddad, 49, professor of law at the Northwestern School of Law, died of cancer Feb. 7  at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Services were held Feb. 10 at Alice Millar Chapel on the Evanston campus.
Haddad, a native of Chicago and resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood, graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, the University of Notre Dame, maximacum laude, and the Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude. He also received a master of laws from Northwestern.
A specialist in criminal law and criminal procedure, Haddad joined the Northwestern faculty in 1969. He had previously served as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County and returned to that office to serve as first assistant state's attorney from 1972 to 1974. While serving in that capacity, Haddad was responsible for implementing a hiring program for the state's attorney office based on merit rather than politics.
Haddad was widely respected as a criminal appellate specialist. During his career he argued more than 100 appeals in state and federal courts, mostly for indigents, and many while serving as a full time faculty member at Northwestern. At the School of Law, Haddad taught constitutional criminal procedure, criminal appellate advocacy, current problems in criminal law and criminal process. He was a treasured teacher to generations of students and in 1981 was selected by the students to receive the Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern.
He has served as associate director and director of the Northwestern University Short Courses for Prosecuting Attorneys and for Criminal Lawyers in Defense Cases. Haddad was a faculty member of the Illinois Judicial Conference where he taught at continuing legal education programs for the Illinois judiciary, instructing Illinois circuit and associate judges on the law of sentencing, evidentiary and criminal law issues.
Haddad was a member of the Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction Committee (Criminal), which drafts authoritative jury instructions for criminal cases. He served as chair and general editor of the committee since 1986. He is the author of "Arrest, Search and Seizure," a publication widely relied upon by Illinois judges and lawyers, and coauthor of "Cases and Comments on Criminal Procedure," one of the most widely used law school texts.
He served on the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, the Illinois Criminal Sentencing Commission, the Illinois Appellate Defender Board of Commissioners, the Chicago Police Board and the Federal Magistrate's Selection Committee. In 1988, he received the award of excellence for meritorious service from the the Illinois Public Defender Association.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy Meltzer, an attorney; two daughters, Emma and Abigail; and his mother, Bessie Haddad.