Kevin M Barry

Kevin M Barry

Professor of Law

BA, Boston College; JD, Boston College Law School; JD, LLM, Georgetown University

Law School Academic
School of Law and Education  126D

(203) 582-3233

LAWS 294Civil Justice Clinic P   -   Law Spring 2015
LAWS 301Clinic Seminar   -   Law Spring 2015
LAWS 587Disability Law   -   Law Spring 2015
LAWS 611Advanced Clinic   -   Law Spring 2015


Kevin Barry joined Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2008. He teaches disability law and is the co-director of the law school’s civil justice clinic, which represents low-income clients through a combination of direct legal services, community education, and policy advocacy. Professor Barry’s research focuses on disability law and employment discrimination, as well as other civil rights issues, including death penalty abolition, arising out of his work in the civil justice clinic. His articles have been published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Cardozo Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Florida Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and San Diego Law Review, among others. Professor Barry and his clinic students received the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Project in May of 2012 for their work in support of abolishing Connecticut’s death penalty. Before coming to Quinnipiac, Professor Barry was a teaching fellow in Georgetown University Law Center’s Federal Legislation Clinic, where he provided pro bono legal services to the Epilepsy Foundation and the larger disability rights coalition in support of their efforts to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was also a member of the team of disability rights lawyers that successfully negotiated draft legislative language with lawyers from the business community, resulting in passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Professor Barry received his B.A. from Boston College in 1997 and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2000. After law school, he served as an associate at Ropes & Gray; a researcher at Amnesty International USA and Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and a law clerk to Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Going Retro: Abolition for All, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO LAW JOURNAL (forthcoming 2015); From Wolves, Lambs (Part II): The Fourteenth Amendment Case for Gradual Abolition of the Death Penalty, 35 CARDOZO LAW REV. 1829 (2014); Pleading Disability After the ADAAA, 31 HOFSTRA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW JOURNAL 1 (2014) (with Brian East & Marcy Karin) (invited comments); From Wolves, Lambs (Part I): The Eighth Amendment Case for Gradual Abolition of the Death Penalty, 60 FLORIDA LAW REV. 313 (2014); Law Clinics and Lobbying Restrictions, 84 COLORADO L. REV. 985 (2013) (with Marcy Karin); Disabilityqueer: Federal Disability Rights Protection for Transgender People, 16 YALE HUM. RTS. & DEV. L.J. 1 (2013) (invited comments from symposium, “States, Minds, and States of Mind: Mental Health as a Human Right”); Exactly What Congress Intended?, 17 CHICAGO-KENT EMP. RTS. & EMP. POL’Y J. 5 (2013) (symposium issue); Gray Matters: Autism, Impairment, and the End of Binaries, 49 SAN DIEGO LAW REV. 161 (2012); Toward Universalism: What the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Can and Can't Do for Disability Rights, 31 BERKELEY J. EMP. & LAB. L. 203 (2010); The ADA Amendments Act of 2008, 13 TEX. J. ON C.L. & C.R. 187 (2008) (with Chai Feldblum and Emily Benfer) (symposium issue)