Michael J. Lebowitz (born August 21, 1977) is a Washington, D.C., attorney and expert in the field of military law and Military Expression. Along with being an advocate for veterans' issues, he has published a number of legal articles on First Amendment issues pertaining to the military as well as the field of national security and war crimes. In 2009, he became a prosecutor in the Military Commission for the terrorism and war crimes suspects detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Lebowitz has a journalism degree from Kent State University (1999) and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2003). In 2005–2006, he served in Iraq as a Pathfinder with the 101st Airborne Division, where he helped capture foreign fighters. After returning from Iraq, he began advocating on behalf of military families and veterans. Lebowitz continues to serve as a military lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the Virginia National Guard.
Lebowitz is an attorney in the field of military law and specializes in military free speech where he served as defense counsel in a number of cases where uniformed personnel faced discipline for speech-related activities. Lebowitz has worked on trials involving military freedom and expression. He lectures on the subject and is asked to serve as a media resource on the impact technology continues to play in the field of military free speech. More recently, he has written on the subject of war crimes and national security, and has served as a war crimes prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay.
Lebowitz is a founder of the Modern Whig Party, an organization originally created in 2008 as an advocacy forum for military families and veterans. This centrist organization professes to offer common-sense approaches to government, rather than ideology. In March 2010, the Modern Whig Party was named by Time as among the "top 10 most popular political movements worldwide". Since 2009, Lebowitz ceased activity with the organization upon entering government service.
- Washington Post covering legal issue https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/30/AR2007053002627_pf.html
- Terrorist Speech: Detained Propagandists and the Issue of Extraterritorial Application of the First Amendment https://litigation-essentials.lexisnexis.com/webcd/app?action=DocumentDisplay&crawlid=1&doctype=cite&docid=9+First+Amend.+L.+Rev.+573&srctype=smi&srcid=3B15&key=1bd35066d1029163f2596c5b602da16b
- Lebowitz, Michael J. (2011). "Anti-war & Anti-Gitmo: Military Expression and the Dilemma of Licensed Professionals in Uniform" (PDF). Journal of International Law. 43 (3): 579–602. ISSN 0008-7254. OCLC 774260546.
- The Cyber-Enemy: Using the Military Justice System to Prosecute Organized Computer Attackers http://illinoisjltp.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Lebowitz.pdf
- Lebowitz, Michael J. (2010). "The Value of Claiming Torture: An Analysis of al Qaeda's Tactical Lawfare Strategy and Efforts to Fight Back" (PDF). Journal of International Law. 43 (1–2): 357–393. ISSN 0008-7254. OCLC 775376693.
- A Question of Allegiance: Choosing Between Dueling Versions of ‘Aiding the Enemy’ During War Crimes Prosecution http://www.afjag.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-111121-039.pdf
- Detailing Memorandum United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, et al http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2012/04/17/10/57/1174fl.So.56.pdf
- About the 9/11 War Crimes Trial http://www.miamiherald.com/2008/02/27/v-fullstory/436366/about-the-911-war-crimes-trial.html
- CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57536137/navy-to-go-after-rats-mold-in-gitmo-legal-offices/. Missing or empty
- United States v. Nashiri charge sheet http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2011/04/20/16/nashiri.source.prod_affiliate.56.pdf
- Stephen Koff, "Marines Muzzle Protester", Honolulu Star-Bulletin (June 1, 2007), Section C, p. 9.
- Facebook Face-Off, Military Times http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20091208/OFFDUTY02/912080302/Facebook-face-off
- "Zip it, Soldier!" Mother Jones[dead link]
- "Antiwar to the Corps: Marine Reservist-Protesters Face Discipline", by David Montgomery. Washington Post May 31, 2007; Page C01.
- "The Rise and Fall of a Military Blogger", Army Times
- "KRMS News-Talk 1150 Morning Magazine interview, February 6, 2009".
- Silver, Alexandra (2010-03-29). "The Modern Whig Party - Top 10 Alternative Political Movements". TIME. Retrieved 2012-07-22.