Patrick Barry's teaching and research focus on creating a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy. He is the author of the forthcoming books
Good with Words: Writing and Editing and
The Syntax of Sports. Both are based on popular courses he created at Michigan Law. Material from each is included in a playlist of videos the Law School has posted online
Professor Barry also has written several academic articles on persuasion and frequently collaborates on cases with the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic and the Unemployment Insurance Clinic. Since joining the faculty in 2016, he has developed a number of new programs at the Law School, including
Faculty Briefs, Edit Hour, Creative Counsel, and a communications workshop for the
Problem Solving Initiative. In addition, he has launched two digital libraries premised on the idea that "to write good sentences, you need to read good sentences." The first is called
Good Sentences. The second is called
The Syntax of Sports.
The sports library stems from Professor Barry's years playing soccer—first as an All-American at the University of Chicago, where he won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Medal and graduated with honors, and next for a few years with various teams in Scotland, New York, and Massachusetts. He eventually returned to the University of Chicago for law school, earning a spot on the
University of Chicago Law Review and winning both the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize in Appellate Advocacy and the Ann Barber Watson Award for Outstanding Service. In 2012, he became the first law student to be awarded the university's Wayne Booth Prize in Teaching Excellence.
After law school, Professor Barry completed a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. During that time, he worked with other Michigan faculty to create Clinnect, a global network of legal clinics devoted to combatting human trafficking. He then did a dual clerkship in Las Vegas for The Hon. Jennifer A. Dorsey and The Hon. Andrew P. Gordon and later became the director of Pro Se Camp, a program that helps people who can't afford a lawyer navigate the legal system. A member of the California Bar, he now regularly works with law firms, state governments, and nonprofit organizations to improve their written and spoken advocacy.
The Syntax of Sports. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Forthcoming, 2019.
"Show and Tell." Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 23 (Forthcoming, Fall 2018)Full Text:
J. App. Prac. & Proc. 19, no. 2 (Forthcoming).Full Text:
Mich. B.J. (Forthcoming).Full Text: SSRN
Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 27 (Forthcoming, Spring 2019).Full Text: SSRN
"Alliteration, Restraint, and a Mind at Work."
Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing (Forthcoming, Fall 2018).Full Text:
"Sites of Storytelling: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings."
Ind. L.J. Online Supplement 94 (2018): 1-12.Full Text:
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