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Barry, Patrick

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

915 LR

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.

Recent Publications

"Uselessly Accurate." Scribes J. Legal Writing (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN

"The Rule of Three." Legal Comm. & Rhetoric (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN

"The Infinite Power of Grammar." J. Legal Educ. (Forthcoming).

"Paragraphing." Mich. B.J. (Forthcoming).

Good with Words: Writing and Editing. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Forthcoming.

"Editing and Empathy." Mich. B.J. 97, no. 5 (2018): 42-3.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich Users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw | SSRN | WWW

"The Words Under the Words." Stan. L. Rev. Online 70 (August 2017): 70-81.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich Users) | HEIN | Westlaw | SSRN | WWW

"Confirmation Bias." Geo. L.J. Online 106, no. 1 (2017): 25-32.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich Users) | HEIN | Westlaw | SSRN | WWW


Presented "Shot Selection" at the UCLA School of Law, April 2018.

Served as a judge for the Michigan Business Challenge presented by the Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan, February 2018.

Presented (via Skype) "Faculty Briefs" at the UCLA School of Law, February 2018.

Presented "Entrepreneurs of Ideas" at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, November 2017.

Presented "Better Writer
-->Better Lawyer" at the University of Chicago Law School, October 2017.

Presented "Good with Words," a one-day writing workshop at Morrison Foerster LLP, Los Angeles, June 2017.

Presented "The Words Under the Words" at the Family Defense Leadership Workshop, Ann Arbor, June 2017.

Presented "Editing and Advocacy" at a training for Legal Services of South Central Michigan and Farmworker Legal Services, Jackson, Michigan, May 2017.

Panelist at "Human Trafficking: A Rochester Problem Too," St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, January 2017.

Presented "Appellate Briefs: Framing and Focus" for the Colorado Office of Parent Representation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2016.

Presented "Trafficking Tip-Offs: Identifying Human Trafficking Victims in the ER" at Genesys Health Center, Flint, Michigan, March 2016.

Presented "Entrepreneurs of Ideas" at the University of Chicago Law School, November 2015.​

Presented "Writing Better Papers" at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 2015.​

Presented "Writing Better Sentences" at UCLA Law School, October 2015.​