Star Staff Reports
District Attorney General D. Michael Dunavant is honored and pleased to announce the appointment of M.O. Eckel, III., as a special Law Student Assistant District Attorney in his Covington Criminal Division office during the summer of 2013.
On June 19, the Tennessee Supreme Court approved Mr. Eckel to serve as legal extern with the Office of the District Attorney General for the 25th Judicial District, to engage in law student practice as a special Assistant District Attorney General. On June 24, 2013, Mr. Eckel was sworn in by Circuit Judge Joseph Walker to act as a special Law Student Assistant District Attorney General, to practice and prosecute in the courts of Tipton County.
M.O. Eckel, III., of Drummonds, Tennessee, is currently in his third year of study at the Mississippi College School of Law, and is expected to graduate with his law degree in the spring of 2014. M.O. serves as Articles Editor for the Law Review, and is a Moot Court Board Member, participating on the National Trial Competition Team for the Mississippi College School of Law. M.O. also holds Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Science degrees from Des Moines University, as well as a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from the University of Memphis. M.O. also serves as Vice President and Director of Mid-South Physical Therapy, Inc., and has served as both Administrative Assistant and Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.
M.O.’s appointment as a special Law Student Assistant District Attorney is made possible by his participation in the Legal Extern Program at the Mississippi College School of Law, whereby he is authorized to work for government agencies in order to gain valuable legal instruction and develop practical legal skills, both in and out of the courtroom, to promote professional responsibility and effectiveness as an attorney and prosecutor. M.O. will be assigned to law student practice and prosecution on behalf of the State in the Juvenile, General Sessions, and Circuit Courts of Tipton County, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney General Billy G. Burk.
“I am pleased and excited that M.O. has joined our Covington Criminal Division staff this summer. With his prior years of public service in law enforcement and his impressive academic record, I am confident that he will be prepared to immediately begin handling and prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the State of Tennessee in Tipton County. Being a long time resident of Tipton County, M.O. cares about issues of public safety in our communities, and will be an effective public servant to the citizens of Tipton County. I look forward to working with him in our collective prosecutorial efforts.”, said General Mike Dunavant.