Patrick Barry's teaching and research focus on creating a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy.
He is the author of several books, including Good with Words: Writing and Editing, Notes on Nuance, and The Syntax of Sports. He has also created multiple online courses for the educational platforms Coursera, Michigan Online, and FutureLearn.
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 University of Chicago 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 completed a dual clerkship in Las Vegas for the Hon. Jennifer A. Dorsey and the Hon. Andrew P. Gordon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
Among Professor Barry’s teaching awards are the Wayne Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, and the Outstanding Research Mentor Award. In addition, he recently was selected as a faculty fellow by U-M’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Center for Educational Outreach and as a Public Engagement Fellow by U-M’s Center for Academic Innovation. 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.
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 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 University of 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 Zelle Entrepeneurs at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Presented "Feedback Loops" at the Annual Appellate Defender Fall Training; Ann Arbor, MI.
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.
Presented "Anticipatory Edits" at the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse, Detroit, October 2019.