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Cody Cheek

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Major:
Humanities
Liberal Arts Honors
Graduation Year:
Spring 2007
BDP Certificate:
Ethics & Leadership
“To date, I have not met anyone else who received such a vibrant education, and I truly believe the cumulative effects of multi-tiered and functional interdisciplinary studies cannot be overstated.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

After graduating UT and UT Law, I began my active duty service in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. As a Judge Advocate, I have served in a variety of locations and assignments, including a recent deployment to Afghanistan. My current job involves representing soldiers during appeals of their courts-martial convictions. I have previously served as a Legal Assistance Attorney, Claims Attorney, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Operational Law Attorney, Rule of Law Attorney, and Military Prosecutor.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

At the time of my BDP experience, I was a scholarship cadet in the UT Army ROTC program. Above all else, my BDP experience helped further my interest in exploring the natural synthesis between ethics and leadership. Put another way, my BDP experience served as the perfect complement to my existing studies of military science and leadership.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

I remain grateful for the opportunity to pursue an experience directly related to my future career. Every single one of my assignments has involved the confluence of ethical principles and leadership challenges.

In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?

In my career, each job has brought new challenges, but I have been able to seamlessly effectuate the knowledge obtained from my ROTC, Liberal Arts Honors, and BDP courses. To date, I have not met anyone else who received such a vibrant education, and I truly believe the cumulative effects of multi-tiered and functional interdisciplinary studies cannot be overstated.