MacArthur named first female judge advocate in SD National Guard
A Rapid City woman has become the first female judge advocate in the South Dakota Army National Guard.
Karla MacArthur, was swore in as an attorney and an officer on Friday September 21. MacArthur, who served in the SD Army National Guard since 2006, will investigate, prosecute and defend those charged with crimes in the military. She will also provide legal advice for soldiers and work with international contracts.
"When I was first accepted into law school it was mentioned that I might be the first female judge advocate but I was three years away and didn't think much about it," MacArthur said. "But I think more importantly, we are all soldiers at the end of the day and we all have the same job to do. I like to think about it as another soldier added to a great organization."
MacArthur graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2007 with Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. She worked for the Department of Social Services until being accepted into law school at the University of South Dakota where in May of 2012 graduated with honors with a Juris Doctor degree.
"Before I ever enlisted, they asked ‘What do you want to do and how can we help?' I told them I wanted to be attorney, I wanted to be a judge advocate and I wanted to serve, like many in my family have done in the past," MacArthur said. "They said if I did the time and the work that they would get me here - and they did. I'm truly thankful for everyone who has helped along the way."