Jim Hacking has practiced law in the greater St. Louis area since 1997. Since 2007, Jim’s practice has been devoted almost exclusively to immigration law. Jim handles spouse & employment visas, citizenship, asylum and deportation cases. Jim applies his litigation skills to his immigration practice, successfully litigating numerous cases involving naturalization and green card delays.
Jim has been active in local civic affairs. He has been a volunteer attorney through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri since he started practicing law. Jim was a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and served as the group’s executive director for two years. He has served on the U.S. Attorney’s Hate Crimes Task Force and currently chairs the Muslim Task Force of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri. In 2009, he received the Eugene H. Buder Award from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri as volunteer of the year. In 2009, Jim was elected to the inaugural board of Missouri Immigrants & Refugee Advocates, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees. In 2010, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri awarded Jim the F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award for his efforts advocating for low income individuals in the St. Louis area. Jim has also taught as an adjunct professor at the SLU Law School.
In 2004 and again in 2013, the Riverfront Times named Jim the Best Lawyer in St. Louis. Jim graduated with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. His article “Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Does New Jersey’s Megan’s Law Violate The Constitution Ban On The Passage Of Ex Post Facto Legislation?” appeared in the 41st Edition of the Law Journal.Jim has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post and on National Public Radio. He has been interviewed repeatedly on local television, radio and print outlets. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife, three sons and daughter.
Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Saint Louis University, B.A. History, 1992
Saint Louis University High School, 1988
Professional Honors & Activities:
Up & Coming Lawyer, Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly, 2010
F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2010
Eugene Buder Spirit of Freedom Award, ACLU of Eastern Missouri, 2009
Best Lawyer, The Riverfront Times, 2004
State of Missouri, 1997-Present
State of Illinois, 1998-Present
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000-Present
Eastern District of Missouri, 1997-Present
Southern District of Illinois, 1999-Present
Central District of Illinois, 2002-Present
Northern District of Illinois, 2009-Present