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Michael Berry

Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs

Michael Berry is Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute. He joined First Liberty in 2013 after serving for seven years on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Among Mr. Berry’s numerous positions within the Marine Corps, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, and from 2009-2012, Mr. Berry served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy.  Mr. Berry continues to serve as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, and in 2017 he graduated from Command and Staff College where he was named a Distinguished Graduate.

As Deputy General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, Mr. Berry has participated in some of the nation’s most high-profile religious liberty cases.  As a recognized subject-matter expert on religious liberty within the military, Mr. Berry has testified before Congress and he is routinely invited to speak 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, and he earned his law degree from The Ohio State University.

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To The American Legion:

As a grateful citizen, I support your effort to honor those who have fallen in battle and to keep the Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial standing as a visible reminder of valor, sacrifice, endurance, and devotion.

Veterans memorials like the one in Bladensburg, MD are symbols reminding us of the sacrifice of our service members and the cost of war. Tearing down the Bladensburg Memorial would erase the memory of the 49 fallen heroes of Prince George’s County—like they never even existed.

We cannot allow the Bladensburg Memorial to be bulldozed.

Please know that you have my support and backing in your petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.