Patrick Barry is a clinical assistant professor of law and the director of digital academic initiatives at the University of Michigan Law School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and the UCLA School of Law. His teaching and research focus on creating a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy, especially in the age of artificial intelligence.
Among his teaching awards are the Wayne Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost’s Innovation in Teaching Prize, and the Outstanding Research Mentor Award. In addition, he was recently selected as a faculty fellow by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Center for Educational Outreach and a Public Engagement Fellow by the Center for Academic Innovation.
An All-American soccer player in college, Barry focused on the theatrical aspects of Supreme Court confirmation hearings as a PhD student in English at the University of Michigan. During that time, he also worked with other Michigan faculty to create Clinnect, a global network of legal clinics devoted to combating human trafficking.
Barry is the author of ten books—including Good with Words: Writing and Editing, Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting, Feedback Loops: How to Give and Receive High-Quality Feedback, and The Syntax of Sports. He has also created several online courses for the educational platforms Coursera and Michigan Online and regularly collaborates with the Human Trafficking Clinic, the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, and the Social Enterprise Clinic, as well as with various 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"
Presented “Mistakes Were Made: Writing, Editing, and AI” at the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse in Detroit, MI.
Selected by the Center for Academic Innovation to create a series of online courses called “AI for Lawyers.”
Taught an two-week course called "Editing and Advocacy" during the J-Term at the UCLA School of Law.
Presented "Digital Lawyering: Advocacy in the Age of AI" at the "Law and Justice in the Age of AI" conference.
Led a workshop for the Zelle Entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business on pitching ideas to customers and investors.
Led a pubic-speaking workshop at the Life Skills Conference put on by the Blavin Scholars, a program designed to help Michigan students who have spent time in the foster care system.
Led a self-advocacy workshop for the Black Law Students Association at the University of Chicago Law School.
Conducted a workshop for the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
Taught in ‘Saturdays in the D,’ a skills-enrichment program for residents of Detroit.
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.