Robert J. McWhirter
Office of the Legal Defender, Maricopa County
ROBERT J. McWHIRTER is a nationally and internationally know speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of the bill of rights. He is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law with the State Bar of Arizona and first chair qualified to defend capital case by the Arizona Supreme Court. Mr. McWhirter currently serves as a Senior Attorney with the Maricopa Legal Defender’s Office defending death penalty and other serious felonies. He is also an adjunct professor in Trial Advocacy at the Phoenix School of Law. He received his J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law in 1988. Upon graduation, Mr. McWhirter clerked for then Vice Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman of the Supreme Court of Arizona. Mr. McWhirter was an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1989 until 2007 representing Native Americans and other clients in a broad range of Federal cases including homicide, sexual abuse, and bank robbery. In addition, Mr. McWhirter developed a specialty in criminal immigration law having published articles in the GEORGETOWN IMMIGRATION LAW REVIEW and the CRIMINAL PRACTICE LAW REPORT. The American Bar Association published his books THE CRIMINAL LAWYER’S GUIDE TO IMMIGRATION LAW: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, 2nd Ed. 2006 and THE CITIZENSHIP FLOWCHART, 2007. Mr. McWhirter has also taught criminal immigration law and immigration consequences of criminal convictions nationally for Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys with the program sponsored by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as well as the history of the Bill of Rights. The American Bar Associate is set to publish his upcoming book on the history of the bill of rights.