Faculty Biography

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Kevin Barry

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law

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

Areas of expertise

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

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Kevin M. Barry & Jennifer Levi, Blatt v. Cabela's Retail, Inc. and a New Path for Transgender Rights, 127 YALE L. J. F. 373 (2017)

Kevin M. Barry, The Death Penalty & the Dignity Clauses, 102 IOWA L. REV. 383 (2017)

Kevin M. Barry, The Law of Abolition, 107 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 521 (2017)  

Kevin M. Barry et al., A Bare Desire to Harm: Transgender People and the Equal Protection Clause, 57 B. C. L. REV. 507 (2016) 

Kevin M. Barry, From Wolves, Lambs (Part I): The Eighth Amendment Case for Gradual Abolition of the Death Penalty, 66 FLA L. REV. 313 (2014)