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In 2005, he joined the FCC as deputy
In his new position as general
counsel, the 35-yerar-old Berry is
responsible for 80 employees. He sees
the job as "a tremendous opportunity
because the Commission deals with a
wide range of issues:' including consti-
tutional and administrative law."It's a
very interesting field:' Berry says.
"I very much enjoy the variety
of the job and the many interest-
ing issues. We give legal advice to
the Commission and defend the
Commission in court when its deci-
sions are challenged. I enjoy both
Some issues currently facing the
FCC include the transition from ana-
log to digital television, broadband
networks, competition in the cable
industry, and the auction of spectrum
(air waves) for broadband telephone
A typical day for Berry includes a
number of meetings to keep track of
staff progress, reviewing draft plead-
ings in FCC court cases, working on
legal issues, and administrative duties.
Berry tries to keep administration
down to 10-15 percent of his work-
"I try to keep most of my time on
substantive issues:' he says.
He wasn't planning for a legal career
in government, Berry says, but he has
been well prepared for the job. He
graduated summa cum laude from
Dartmouth with majors in govern-
ment and economics. While at the
Justice Department, he was one of its
leading authorities on law enforcement
surveillance and seizure of electronic
communications and records of ser-
He also worked on First
Amendment issues, school choice and
vouchers, affirmative action, the U.S.A.
Patriot Act and other issues.
A resident of the Washington sub-
urb of Arlington, Va., Berry enjoys
being a sports fan in his free time.
He loves attending Washington
Nationals baseball games, plays ten-
nis and golf, is a movie buff and has
two pug dogs. "And they have to be
walked," he says.
He also occasionally attends syna-
gogue services in Arlington.
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ssuming the role of chair-
Liebman has turned over
the role of president of Specs Howard
School of Broadcast Arts to Chief
Operating Officer Lisa Zahodne. He'll
channel his efforts toward the devel-
opment of new programs, opening
more campuses and transforming the
into a degree-grant-
duties, Zahodne will
oversee the school's
most recent initia-
tive to incorporate
its offerings. In
February, the school
launched a new one-year graphic
design program, which is the first to
incorporate an online delivery compo-
nent to the curricula.
Liebman's tenure as president of
Specs Howard School began in 1998.
Since then the school has undergone
consistent double-digit growth in
enrollments and revenue, and its num-
ber of formal partnerships with col-
leges and universities has doubled.
In 2005, Gov. Jennifer Granholm
appointed Liebman to the Michigan
Higher Education Assistance Authority
and the Michigan Higher Education
Student Loan Authority. He served as
president of the Michigan Association
of Career Schools and spent five years
as a member of the Oakland County
Business Roundtable Education &
Workforce Committee as an adviser to
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
As a board member and cur-
rent treasurer of the Career College
Association, Liebman frequently trav-
els to Washington to meet with elected
officials on behalf of career schools
and career school students.
Liebman is an active member of
the Detroit Economic Club, Michigan
Association of Broadcasters and
American Federation of Musicians.
Zahodne was previously the presi-
dent/CEO of Media Power (now a divi-
sion of Specs Howard School).
Specs Howard School offers under-
graduate programs in radio and TV
broadcasting and graphic design.
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