Kevin Barry joined Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2008. 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, community education, and policy advocacy.
Professor Barry’s research focuses on disability law and employment discrimination, death penalty abolition, transgender rights, and other civil rights issues arising out of his work in the civil justice clinic. In 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court cited his work in the landmark case of State v. Santiago, which declared Connecticut’s death penalty unconstitutional. Professor Barry has authored amicus briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and Connecticut Supreme Court. He recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of twelve national and state transgender rights and transgender health organizations and provided consultation in a first-of-its kind case challenging the ADA’s exclusion of Gender Identity Disorder under the equal protection clause.
Professor Barry is board president of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, a non-profit organization that serves women and girls through a combination of direct services and policy advocacy. He has appeared on national and local news radio programs and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other national and local newspapers. His articles have been published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Boston College Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Florida Law Review, and Iowa 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 repealing Connecticut’s death penalty, and they continue to advise officials and advocates in other states regarding death penalty repeal legislation.
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.
The Death Penalty & the Dignity Clauses, IOWA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2016);
A Bare Desire to Harm: Transgender People and the Equal Protection Clause, BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW (forthcoming, 2016) (with Jennifer Levi, Brian Farrell, and Neelima Vanguri);
Chasing the Unicorn: Anti-Subordination and the ADAAA, 14 CONNECTICUT PUBLIC INTEREST LAW JOURNAL 207 (2015) (symposium issue);
Going Retro: Abolition for All, 46 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO LAW JOURNAL 669 (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)