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Margaret Martin Barry

Margaret Martin Barry
Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs

JD, University of Minnesota Law School, 1980;
BA, Luther College, 1975

Phone: 802-831-1036


Professor Margaret Martin Barry came to Vermont Law School as a visiting professor and associate dean for clinical and experiential programs in 2011 and joined the regular faculty in 2012. She was previously a professor at Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Professor Barry has published in the areas of clinical teaching and family law, and has served on numerous professional panels discussing clinical teaching and legal representation. She served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education and as president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). Both the AALS Clinical Section and CLEA are the leading professional organizations for clinical legal educators in the United States.

She served as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) from 2008 to 2010. Professor Barry also served as vice chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee from 2008 through 2011, and previously served as a member of the committee. She has also served on the Section's Nominations Committee and Clinical Skills Committee, and has served on a number of Section's law school site evaluations. She is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review. In addition to her academic activities, she has co-chaired the D.C. Bar's Family Law Section and its Family Law Representation Committee, has been active in developing pro bono and pro se services for D.C. residents who have limited access to legal representation, and has served on committees and working groups addressing domestic violence and domestic relations issues.

Professor Barry graduated magna cum laude from Luther College and received her JD degree in 1980 from the University of Minnesota. After working on Capitol Hill and doing pro bono representation for several years, she joined the faculty of CUA's Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) in 1987. She has taught in CCLS's Families and the Law Clinic since its inception in 1993. She has also taught Family Law at CUA and the Litigation Process in CUA's American Law Institute in Krakow, Poland. In summer 2005, she taught as a Fulbright senior specialist at NALSAR Law University in Hyderabad, India, and lectured as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Montenegro in spring 2007.