Quinnipiac University
Kevin M. Barry

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor of Law

Kevin Barry is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He teaches administrative law and 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 and policy advocacy.

Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Barry was a teaching fellow in Georgetown University Law Center's Federal Legislation Clinic, where he represented a national coalition of disability rights organizations 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. Barry 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.

Barry's work focuses on civil and human rights issues, including transgender rights, disability rights, and death penalty abolition. He has filed amicus briefs on behalf of national and state transgender rights organizations and provided consultation in cases successfully challenging discrimination based on gender dysphoria under the ADA. In 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court cited Barry's work in the landmark case of State v. Santiago, which declared Connecticut's death penalty unconstitutional. Barry is the past president of the board of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, a non-profit organization that serves women and girls.


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

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Clinical Education
  • Disability Law


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education 126D

Mail Drop

  • LW-CLN

Selected Publications

The Law of Abolition

Kevin M. Barry

107 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 521 (2017)

Blatt v. Cabela's Retail, Inc. and a New Path for Transgender Rights

Kevin M. Barry & Jennifer Levi

127 YALE L. J. F. 373 (2017)

The Death Penalty & the Dignity Clauses

Kevin M. Barry

102 IOWA L. REV. 383 (2017)

A Bare Desire to Harm: Transgender People and the Equal Protection Clause

Kevin M. Barry et al.

57 B. C. L. REV. 507 (2016)

From Wolves, Lambs (Part I): The Eighth Amendment Case for Gradual Abolition of the Death Penalty

Kevin M. Barry

66 FLA L. REV. 313 (2014)

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Chai R. Feldman, Kevin M. Barry, & Emily A. Benfer

13 TEX. J. ON C.L. & C.R. 187 (2008)