The focus of Professor Patrick Barry's teaching and research is on developing a new, more effective vocabulary to talk about writing and advocacy. He recently created Good with Words, a workshop series at the Law School designed to help students improve the way they draft and edit everything from research memos to pre-trial motions to appellate briefs. Video excerpts from the series can be found
here. He is also the curator of
Good Sentences, a digital library premised on the idea that to write good sentences, you need to read good sentences.
Professor Barry earned both his BA and his JD from the University of Chicago. He was a member of the
University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas Mulroy Award for Appellate Advocacy as well as the Ann Barber Watson Outstanding Service Award. He was also the first law student to win the Wayne Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence.
After law school, Professor Barry earned a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. During that time, he taught in Michigan Law's Child Welfare Appellate Clinic and later worked with other Michigan faculty to create Clinnect HTS, a global network of legal clinics devoted to combating human trafficking. He then did a dual clerkship in Las Vegas for the Hon. Jennifer A. Dorsey and the Hon. Andrew P. Gordon.
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