Patrick Barry is clinical assistant professor of law and director of digital academic initiatives at the University of Michigan Law School. His teaching and research focus on creating a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy.
Barry is the author of several books, including Good with Words: Writing and Editing, Notes on Nuance, and The Syntax of Sports. He also has created multiple online courses for the educational platforms Coursera, Michigan Online, and FutureLearn.
As a PhD student in English at the University of Michigan, he focused 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.
Barry also teaches at the University of Chicago Law School and the UCLA School of Law, and he regularly works with law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the California Bar.
Editing and Advocacy
"Editing, Vehicles in the Park, and the Virtue of Clarity"
- Legal Writing and Research
Feedback Loops: Feedback Fundamentals
"Résumé Review: Breadth and Depth"
Led a workshop at the Shriver Center for Poverty Law on how to give and receive high-quality feedback; Chicago, Illinois.
Presented “Discovery and Delivery” at the University of Chicago Law School.
Led a workshop at the Zell Lurie Institute on how to pitch investors; Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Led a workshop at the Theodore Levin Courthouse on judicial writing; Detroit, Michigan.
Conducted a multipart workshop called "Policy and Persuasion" for the Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines.
Conducted a workshop called "Good with Words" for the Association of International Young Lawyers.
Presented “Advocacy Hunt” as part of “Learning to Look, Learning to Write” at the University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art.
Presented “The Discipline of Breaks” as part of the Michigan Online Visionary Educators (MOVE) series.
Taught a two-week course called Editing and Advocacy at the UCLA School of Law.
Presented “Good with Words” to the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at Michigan Medicine.
Presented "Sentences Nobody Else Can Write" to the Black Law Students Association at the University of Chicago Law School.
Presented "Poise and Pitching" to the Zell Entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Presented "Feedback Loops" at the Annual Appellate Defender Fall Training, Ann Arbor.
Won a Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant to create “Mistakes Were Made,” a workshop series designed to teach law students how to productively respond to failure.
Won a grant from the XR Innovation Fund to develop "Feedback Loops," a virtual reality experience designed to teach lawyers and law students how to give and get better feedback.
Won the Outstanding Research Mentor Award from the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
Presented "Anticipatory Edits" at the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse, Detroit.
Selected as a faculty fellow by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan.
Won a grant from the Center for Educational Outreach to develop a creative problem-solving workshop for homeless youth in southeastern Michigan.
Won a grant from the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching to develop the interdisciplinary workshop "Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting."
Presented "The Optimal Amount of Advocacy" to attorneys at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Served as a judge for the Michigan Business Challenge, University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Conducted a job-training workshop for homeless youth, Eastern Michigan University.
Presented "Feedback Loops" at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Presented "Judicial Economy" at the Theodore Levin US Courthouse, Detroit.