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Attorney, former JAG officer to speak at WFU

By Pam Barrett
336.758.5237
March 31, 2004

As part of Wake Forest University’s Military Guest Speaker Program, John Stevens Berry, noted U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer for Chief Defense Counsel during the Vietnam War, will present two free, public lectures April 14.

The first lecture, titled “A JAG Officer in the Vietnam War,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Information Systems Building, Room 162 of the department of military science (ROTC).

At 12 p.m., Berry will speak on “Court Martials in Combat” at Worrell Professional Center in the Court Room Auditorium, Room 1312.

Berry is the author of “Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam,” a book on military justice that tells of several cases involving the prosecution of Green Beret soldiers in Vietnam. In the book, Berry writes about his experiences defending soldiers charged with offenses including stealing, desertion, rape, murder and “fragging,” the killing of an American by another American during war.

Berry is the senior partner of Berry, Kelley and Reiman, a Lincoln, Neb. law firm specializing in veteran’s law. He is also the host of a popular radio talk show in Nebraska.

The event, sponsored by the Wake Forest ROTC and the Wake Forest School of Law, is part of Wake Forest’s theme year, “Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic Community,” which is dedicated to exploring how free people with passionate interests and beliefs can communicate openly without turning dialogue into discord.

For more information, call 336-758-5542.


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