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Michael Berry

Senior Counsel and Director of Military Affairs, First Liberty Institute
Michael Berry

Michael Berry is Senior Counsel and Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute. He joined First Liberty in 2013 after serving for seven years as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2008, Mr. Berry was selected for a high-profile combat deployment to Afghanistan with a Marine Corps infantry battalion. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Berry served as an appellate litigator, arguing numerous cases before various federal appeals courts. From 2009 - 2012, Mr. Berry served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy.

As Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute, Mr. Berry’s practice focuses on religious liberty within the armed forces. A recognized subject-matter expert, Mr. Berry has testified before Congress on matters affecting religious liberty in the armed forces and he is routinely invited to speak before audiences across the nation about matters affecting religious freedom within the military. Mr. Berry has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fox News, TIME, Good Morning America, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Houston Chronicle, among many others.

Mr. Berry earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1999. He attended law school at The Ohio State University, graduating in 2005.


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Publications and Multimedia
Religious Liberty in the Armed Forces - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
April 18, 2016