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Division of Leadership Education and Development

LT Erika Leonhardt, JAGC, USN

Professor of Military Law

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6033
  •  E-mail:
  •  Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402

LT Erika Leonhardt reported to the United States Naval Academy in June 2022 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Military Law. 

LT Leonhardt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Political Science, with a minor in Music, from the University of Michigan in 2013.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2016.  During the summer of 2015, she practiced family law as a Harvard Legal Aid Bureau fellow.  She also assisted in writing the published work of Admiralty and Maritime Law: A Legal Research Guide.  LT Leonhardt was commissioned through the Navy JAG Corps Student Program in 2015 and graduated from Naval Justice School in 2016. 

LT Leonhardt completed her first tour at Region Legal Service Office Southwest and Defense Service Office West in San Diego, California, where she served as a command services, legal assistance, trial, and defense attorney.  During this tour, she was also assigned to U.S. Fleet Forces Command as a member of the Four-Star Consolidated Disposition Authority’s legal team, where she worked on the “Fat Leonard” scandal investigations.

From 2019 to 2022, LT Leonhardt was the Command Judge Advocate at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.  As Command Judge Advocate, she advised on administrative, foreign, health, Japanese, military, and privacy law and was the INDOPACOM Region’s health law expert during the critical time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

LT Leonhardt is licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee.  She is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (two bronze stars).


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