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CDR Dave Sherry
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444-8382
Chief, Law Section
Humanities Department
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Commander Sherry reported as Academy Law Section Chief in July 2014. Prior to teaching at the Coast Guard Academy, Commander Sherry served in many legal assignments. He served as a prosecutor with the Navy Region Legal Service Office in Norfolk, Virginia; as an operational law counsel for USCG District Five and Atlantic Area; as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for USCG District Five. Most recently he was assigned to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, serving as the Advanced Operational Law Studies Fellow at the Center for Law and Military Operations at TJAGLCS. There, he advised and taught Department of Defense, National Guard, and other agency counsel regarding domestic civil support and disaster response legal issues.

Commander Sherry has served in many operational assignments as well. His first assignment was as an Engineer Officer in Training on the 210-foot cutter Reliance (WMEC-615) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Next he served at U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office (MSO) Boston, Massachusetts as the Waterfront Facilities Inspection Division Chief, Waterways Management Division Chief, Environmental Response Division Chief, and Maritime Security Operations Chief. Commander Sherry’s most recent operational assignment was at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine where he served as the Incident Management Division Chief and Response Department Head, supervising search and rescue and oil and hazardous materials responses in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

  • LL.M. with Specialty in Administrative and Civil Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2013
  • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) with Specialty in International Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Marine and Environmental Science, United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, 1997

Courses Taught:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Maritime Law Enforcement
  • International Law
  • Constitutional Law and Homeland Security

  • Fellow for Advanced Operational Law Studies, U.S. Army Center for Law and Military Operations, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3)
  • U.S. Navy Achievement Medal

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • Commander David M. Sherry, If A Tree Falls in the Woods and The Government Did Nothing to Cause It, Does It Still Invoke the Endangered Species Act? Evaluating Karuk Tribe v. U.S. Forest Service and Its Impact On Agency Action Under the ESA, 220 Military Law Review 316 (2014).
  • Lieutenant Commander David M. Sherry, Book Note, Jan. 2013 Army Law. 37, (reviewing Peter Englund, The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War (2011)).
  • Senior Editor, 2014 Domestic Operational Law Handbook for Judge Advocates (Center For Law and Military Operations).
  • Contributing Author, 2014 Operational Law Handbook (The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School).
  • Cornell Rosiu (USCG), Stephen Lehmann (NOAA), David Sherry (USCG), Wyman Briggs (USCG), and Peter Blanchard (Maine Department of Environmental Protection), When Oil is the Lesser of Two Evils: Comparative Risk of the Shipwreck Empire Knight (2014 International Oil Spill Conference Presentation).

Professional Memberships:
  • Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar February 2006