Smidt, Michael
Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice
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A.A., Fayetteville State University
B.B.A, National University
J.D., California Western School of Law
LL.M, The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School
LL.M, University of Virginia School of Law
M.S.S., U.S. Army War College

Professor Smidt comes to the Criminal Justice faculty after retiring as a colonel from the U.S. Army with 31 years of active service.  

Professor Mike Smidt joined the U.S. Army in 1976 as a paratrooper infantryman with the 82d Airborne Division.  He left active duty three years later and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, 12th Special Forces Group.  He spent a total of nine years in the U.S Army Reserve.  Mike became a police officer with the San Diego Police Department in 1982.  He completed college part-time and entered law school in 1985.  After completeing law school, he became a Deputy City Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Office of the City Attorney in San Diego.

Eventually, in January of 1990, Professor Smidt elected to return to active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate.  He has served as a defense attorney, prosector, and chief of criminal law.  He was a professor of International and Operational Law at the Judge Advocate General's School, an ABA accredited graduate law program.  Professor Smidt held several positions of signficant responsibility including, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 82d Airborne Division; Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Aviation Warfighting Center and School; Staff Judge Advocate,1st Infantry Division; Staff Judge Advocate, US Special Operations Command; Chief of Operations and International Law, US Northern Command and NORAD; Staff Judge Advocate, US Strategic Command.

Professor Smidt particpated in numerous exercises and operations including Operation Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Iraq.  His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sourthwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, Joint Merritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Wings, and Republic of Korea Senior Parachutist Wings.

Mike has had serveral articles published with a focus on international and operational law.

He and his wife Sandra are the proud parents of 4 children and 13 grandchildren.