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.

Among 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 was recently 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.

Barry 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. He is a member of the California Bar.