Kevin J. Barry
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)  Attorney and Mediator


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During a quarter-century Coast Guard career, Captain Barry served as operations officer and navigator in two Coast Guard cutters, as a legal officer (staff judge advocate), trial and defense counsel, and as a trial and an appellate military judge. After retiring from active service he maintained a law practice concentrating in military law cases, and served as a mediator in both the public and private sector. He has authored numerous articles on military justice and other military law topics, including the treatment of detainees, and the use of military commissions to try detainees in the "war on terror."

In 1997, Captain Barry was diagnosed with Colon Cancer, a disease that has returned and been treated many times since. In 1999, after the cancer returned the first time, he wrote a reflection entitled "The Gift of Cancer" that was published in "America."*

Captain Barry retired from active law practice in 2005. He continues to serve as a consultant to the media and others on military legal issues. He is a founder and a director of the National Institute of Military Justice.

*Reprinted with permission of America Press, Inc. (c) 1999. All rights reserved. For more information, visit]