VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will host a lecture by retired Army Col. William George Eckhardt, “Professional Conduct on the Battlefield,” at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 at the courtroom of the South Dakota School of Law.
Eckhardt’s address is part of a fall 2010 military law course, taught by Professor Greg Huckabee. Currently a professor of law and director of Urban Affairs Outreach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Eckhardt completed 30 years of service and retired as 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 Advisor to Wartime Theater Commander. Additionally, he was director of National Security Legal Issues and Legal Adviser at the United States Army War College from 1985 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1992 where he was responsible for curriculum design, instruction, and text creation for a wide variety of national security issues and programs at the Army's pinnacle educational institution.
An author of several legal publications and a member of the bar association in Virginia, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Military Appeals, Eckhardt received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and his LL.B. from the University of Virginia. In addition, he earned an LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General’s School in 1970. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, where he later served on the faculty and held the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security.
A photo of Eckhardt is available for download at www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/images/eckhardt.gif.