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Barry, Patrick

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Director of Digital Academic Initiatives

915 LR
734.763.2276
E-mail barrypj@umich.edu

Patrick Barry's teaching and research focus on developing a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy. He is the author of Good with Words: Writing and Editing (Maize Books, 2019), as well as The Syntax of Sports: Class 1 (Maize Books, 2019), The Syntax of Sports: Class 2, (Maize Books, 2020) and Notes on Nuance (Maize Books, Forthcoming). Material from each is included in a four-part set of online courses he created for the educational platforms Coursera and Michigan Online.

An All-American soccer player in college, Professor Barry earned his law degree from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the Law Review and won both the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize in Appellate Advocacy and the Ann Barber Watson Prize for Outstanding Service. After law school, Professor Barry completed a PhD in English at the University of Michigan, with a special focus on the theatrical aspects of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. 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. 

Among Professor Barry's teaching awards are the Wayne Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost's Innovation in Teaching Prize, and the Outstanding Research Mentor Award. In addition, he was recently selected as a faculty fellow by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Center for Educational Outreach. A member of the California bar, he also teaches at the University of Chicago Law School and regularly works with law firms, state governments, and nonprofit organizations to improve their written and spoken advocacy.

Recent Publications

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Notes on Nuance. Forthcoming, 2020.

The Syntax of Sports: Volume 4. Forthcoming.

The Syntax of Sports: Volume 3. Forthcoming.

"Investigative Advocacy." Scribes J. Legal Writing (Forthcoming).

Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting. Forthcoming.

"Faculty Briefs." Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 27 (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN

"Editing and Interleaving." Legal Comm. & Rhetoric 18 (Forthcoming).

​"Errors and Insights."  Mich. B.J. 99, no. 10 (2020): 54-5.
Full Text: SSRN

"Numbers." Scribes J. Legal Writing 19 (2020): 15-24.
Full Text: SSRN

The Syntax of Sports, Class 2: The Power of the Particular, vols. 2. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Maize Books, 2020.
Full Text: WWW

"The Animal Farm Principle" Mich. B.J. (2020).
Full Text: SSRN | WWW

"Rhetorical Repetition." Mich. B.J. (2020): 38-40.
Full Text: WWW

"Uselessly Accurate." Scribes J. Legal Writing 18 (2019): 27-35.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | SSRN

The Syntax of Sports, Class 1: The Words Under the Words. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Maize Books, 2019.
Full Text: WWW

Good with Words: Writing and Editing. [Ann Arbor, Mich.]: Maize Books, 2019.
Full Text: WWW

"Good Sentences." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 2 (2019): 40-1.
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"Corresponding Ideas in Corresponding Forms." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 8 (2019): 42-4.
Full Text: Lexis | Westlaw | SSRN | WWW

"The Rule of Three." Legal Comm. & Rhetoric 15 (2018): 247-61.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw | EBSCOhost (UMich users) | EBSCOhost | SSRN | WWW

"The Infinite Power of Grammar." J. Legal Educ. 67, no. 3 (2018): 853-9.
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​"Sites of Storytelling: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings." Ind. L.J. Online Supplement 94 (2018): 1-12.
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​"Shot Selection." J. App. Prac. & Process 19, no. 2 (2018): 157-71.
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​"Show and Tell." Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 26, no. 2 (2018): 76-8.
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"Paragraphing." Mich. B.J. 97, no. 8 (2018): 52-4.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw | SSRN | WWW

"Editing and Empathy." Mich. B.J. 97, no. 5 (2018): 42-3.
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​"Alliteration, Restraint, and a Mind at Work." Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 26, no. 2 (2018): 73-5.
Full Text: Westlaw | SSRN | WWW

"The Words Under the Words." Stan. L. Rev. Online 70 (2017): 70-81.
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"Confirmation Bias." Geo. L.J. Online 106, no. 1 (2017): 25-32.
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Professor

Activities

Presented "Talent and Teams" at the University of Chicago Law School; October 2020.

Presented "Architects of Information" during the orientation for incoming law clerks at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, MI, September 2020.

Presented "Not That New" during Innovation Week at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, September 2020.

Taught “Mistakes Were Made: Litigation,” a month-long workshop for law students who had their summer programs cancelled or shortened, June 2020.

Presented “Writing. Editing. Persuasion.” as a webinar for the Center for Academic Innovation, June 2020.

Won the Provost's Innovation in Teaching Prize for a series of workshops he created with Soojin Kwon of the Ross School of Business, April 2020.

Presented "The Optimal Amount of Advocacy" to the International Association of Young Lawyers, May 2020.

Won Outstanding Research Mentor Award from the U-M Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, April 2020.

Presented "Mistakes Were Made" at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, January 2020.

Presented "Anticipatory Edits" at the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse, Detroit, October 2019.

Selected as a faculty fellow by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Center for Education Outreach, University of Michigan, 2018–2019.

Won a grant from the Center for Educational Outreach to develop a creative problem-solving workshop for homeless youth in southeastern Michigan, April 2019.

Won a grant from the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching to develop the interdisciplinary workshop, "Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting," April 2019.

Presented "The Optimal Amount of Advocacy" to attorneys at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 2019.

Served as a judge for the Michigan Business Challenge, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, March 2019.

Conducted a job-training workshop for homeless youth, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, February 2019.

Presented "Shape" for the Program in Health Informatics, University of Michigan School of Nursing, February 2019.

Presented "Storytelling: Styles and Strategies" to the Innovation in Action program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, January 2019.