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Patrick Barry

Visiting Lecturer

Patrick Barry is a Visiting Lecturer at Chicago and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on creating a new vocabulary to talk about advocacy. His books include Good with Words, Notes on Nuance, and The Syntax of Sports. He has also created two sets of online courses for the educational platform Coursera.

An All-American soccer player in college, Professor Barry received his JD from Chicago, where he was a member of the Law Review and won both the Thomas Mulroy Prize in Appellate Advocacy and the Ann Watson Prize for Outstanding Service. After law school, he studied the theatrical aspects of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and completed a PhD in English at the University of Michigan. He then did a dual clerkship in Las Vegas with the Hon. Jennifer Dorsey and the Hon. Andrew Gordon. His work at Michigan includes collaborations with the Human Trafficking Clinic, the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, and the Entrepreneurship Clinic. It has led to several teaching awards, including the Provost’s Innovation in Teaching Prize, the Outstanding Research Mentor Award, and being selected as a faculty fellow by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Center for Educational Outreach.