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Barry, Patrick

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

915 LR
734.763.2276
E-mail barrypj@umich.edu

Patrick Barry's teaching and research focus on creating a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy. He is the author of Good with Words: Writing and Editing (Maize Books, 2019) and the forthcoming series The Syntax of Sports. Both are based on popular courses he created at Michigan. Material from each is included in a playlist of videos the Law School has posted online here and here.

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 Boot 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.


Recent Publications


The Syntax of Sports, 2 vols. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Forthcoming, Fall 2019.

Notes on Nuance. Forthcoming, 2020.

"Numbers." Scribes J. Legal Writing 19 (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN

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

​"Errors and Insights."  Mich. B.J. (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN

"Corresponding Ideas in Corresponding Forms." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 8 (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN

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

"Corresponding Ideas in Corresponding Forms." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 8 (2019): 42-4.
Full Text: Lexis | Westlaw

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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"The Rule of Three." Legal Comm. & Rhetoric 15 (2018): 247-61.
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"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.
Full Text: SSRN

​"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.
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"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.
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"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

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.

Presented "Pitches and Persuasion" at the University of Michigan School of Information, November 2018.

Presented "Feedback Loops" at the U-M Ross School of Business, November 2018.

Presented "Uselessly Accurate" at the University of Chicago Law School, November 2018.

Presented "Network Effects" at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, October 2018.

Presented "Judicial Economy" at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse; Detroit, October 2018.

Presented "Heavy Lifting" at the Ozone House youth shelter, Ypsilanti, Michigan, September 2018.

Presented "Poise" at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, September 2018.

Presented "Simpler Statutes" at the Legislative Service Bureau, Lansing, Michigan, July 2018.

Presented "Mapping: Words and Worlds" at Morrison Foerster LLP, Los Angeles, June 2018.

Presented "Thresholds" at the Ozone House youth shelter, Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2018.

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.