Lauren M. Cherry is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  She currently serves as Associate Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence at the Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel.  Her previous assignments include defense, legal assistance, and physical evaluation board attorney at Naval Legal Service Office North Central; prosecutor and assistant officer-in-charge at Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia – Detachment Bahrain; Legal Advisor to Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, CTF 151, and CTF 152; Staff Judge Advocate to Naval Special Warfare Center; Staff Judge Advocate to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq; Professional Development Officer at Region Legal Service Office Midwest; and Flag Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations.

Lauren holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, a J.D. with certificates in Child & Family Law and Trial & Appellate Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, an M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies with a concentration in Homeland Security/Homeland Defense from the U.S. Naval War College, and an LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches “Information Operations in the Cyber Age: Law and Policy.”