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William G. Eckhardt

Teaching Professor of Law and Director of Urban Outreach

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Bill Eckhardt received his bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Mississippi in 1963 and his LL.B., also with honors, from the University of Virginia in 1966. In addition, he earned an LL.M. Equivalent with honors from The Judge Advocate General’s School in 1970. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, where he served on the faculty and held the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security.

Professor Eckhardt completed 30 years of service and retired as a Colonel in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His significant positions included: chief prosecutor in the My Lai cases (receiving the Federal Bar Association - Federal Younger Lawyer Award for his professional efforts), personnel affairs branch chief in the Army’s Litigation Division, general counsel to units in California and Germany, the Army’s chief appellate defender and legal adviser to Wartime Theater Commander. His varying teaching duties included being an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Eckhardt teaches criminal law, administrative law and evidence.

Areas of expertise

Criminal law, evidence, military






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