John Wesley Brooker

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  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)
  • B.A., Politics, History, Wake Forest University (1998)

John W. Brooker joined the UNC School of Law faculty in 2018 following over 20 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army.  Professor Brooker is the Director of the Military and Veterans Law Clinic.


Professor Brooker’s military experience includes multiple leadership positions in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Recently, he served for two years as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Army Africa / Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy. Previously, Professor Brooker served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for III Corps and Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), where he was a key leader on the team that provided legal advice for operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  His prior academic appointment was as an Associate Professor at The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In that role, he created the school's Wounded Warrior and Veterans Law portfolio.  Additionally, Professor Brooker’s extensive military criminal law experience earned him the U.S. Army’s Expert Military Justice Practitioner qualification.


Professor Brooker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuant to the U.S. Army Funded Legal Education Program, earning a Juris Doctor degree in 2003.  Professor Brooker also holds a Master of Laws degree in Military Law from The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army, and a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He is a member of the State Bar of North Carolina and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Professor Brooker is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and is married to Melissa Brooker.  They have three children.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Improving UCMJ Reform, 222 MIL. L. REV. 1 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Beyond "T.B.D.": Understanding VA's Evaluation of a Former Servicemember's Benefit Eligibility Following Involuntary or Punitive Discharge from the Armed Forces (with Maj. E. Seamone and L. Rogall), 214 MIL. L. REV. 1 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Target Analysis: How to Properly Strike a Deployed Servicemember's Right to Civilian Defense Counsel, ARMY LAW. (Nov. 2010), at 7. [SSRN, Hein]
  • Ford v. Garcia: A Puzzling Fusion of the Command Responsibility Doctrine with the Torture Victim Protection Act, 28 N.C. J. INT'L L. & COM. REG. 701 (2003). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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