Ronald Alcala is a Major in the United States Army and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Before joining the faculty, Major Alcala served as a Military Personnel Law Attorney in the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. His other previous assignments include: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Special Operations Command Europe, Stuttgart, Germany (2011-2013); Editor of the Military Law Review (2010-2011) and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, the Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Va. (2009-2011); Chief, Rule of Law, Multinational Division Center, Baghdad, Iraq (2008-2009); Trial Counsel, Task Force Spartan and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Jalalabad, Afghanistan (2007); and Operational Law Attorney, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. (2006-2007).
Major Alcala earned a B.A. in History and Classics from Williams College and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He also holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va.