William Eckhardt

Adjunct Faculty
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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. He has expertise in criminal law, evidence, and military. 

Courses Taught:

  • Evidence



LL.M., The Judge Advocate General's School, 1970; LLB., The University of Virginia School of Law, 1966; B.A., University of Mississippi, 1963. 

Selected Publications

Eckhardt, “The Electoral College: Federalism at Work,” @Law Magazine (February 25,

Eckhardt and Hilton, “The Consequences of Judicial Selection: A Review of the Supreme
Court of Missouri, 1992-2007,” The Federalist Society (2007).

Eckhardt, “William G. Eckhardt Oral History,” The Judge Advocate General’s School

Eckhardt, “The Role of the Lawyer in War: Lawyering for Uncle Sam When He Draws His
Sword,” 4 Chic.J. Int’l L. 431 (2003).

Eckhardt, “My Lai: An American Tragedy,” in The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War:
Reflection Twenty-Five Years After the Fall of Saigon (John Norton Moore and Robert F.
Turner eds., Carolina Academic Press 2002).

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