After a successful career as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), Dr. Ed Lucas (Colonel, Retired) joined the university faculty in 2016. His legal background includes criminal (both prosecution and defense), tort, contract, environmental, labor, family law, and government ethics. He has expertise in the areas of international and operational law. Highlights of his career include serving as a Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Chief of International Law for United States Central Command Air Forces. He also served as the Staff Judge Advocate (supervisory attorney) for the Air Force’s largest combat wing, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and as the Staff Judge Advocate for the USAF in the Republic of Korea.

During law school, he worked for a foundation that provided legal services to low-income clients. He also served as an Army combat medic, military police officer, and infantry officer. Professor Lucas retired from active duty and moved to Montana because of the friendly people, wide open spaces, and outdoor adventure opportunities.

BS, Illinois State University
JD, Creighton University
LLM, University of Iowa

“Take your responsibilities seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.”
-Dr. Ed Lucas