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Dr. Wm. C. Peters, J.D., LL.M.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Bill is an attorney, licensed in state and federal district courts with extensive criminal law experience. He litigated more than 50 felony level cases in the United States and overseas as lead counsel, serving in positions as both chief prosecutor and senior defense counsel; he has adjudicated countless pretrial hearings. He is also a former Army officer with considerable international law expertise — before joining the SUNY community he was assistant professor, course director of international law, and deputy director of the Law of Armed Conflict Center at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Professor Peters coached undergraduate teams in 2006 and 2007 at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in the Villa Ormond at San Remo, Italy, and for the 19th and 20th Jean-Pictet international humanitarian law competitions held near Madrid, Spain in 2007, and Bern, Switzerland in 2008. In the 1990s he deployed as legal advisor to military commands frequently, twice for UN relief missions in the Sub-Saharan failed state of Somalia.

Earlier in his career he lived in Central America, Africa, and Alaska, and was posted from upstate New York to coastal Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, and to a presidential escort assignment which included duty at the White House in the Carter and Reagan administrations and as a sentinel of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In quieter times he enjoys wilderness camping (in “the Great Alone” as Robert Service called it), tour kayaking, cross-country skiing, and antiquing with his wife upstate and across New England.

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