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Good Sentences: Events Archive

Events Archive

See below for an archive of posters for programs Patrick Barry has presented at Michigan Law in the past.


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April 12, 2019: Faculty Briefs: Bryan Adamson

4–4:30 p.m. Jeffries Hall 0225

Visiting Professor Bryan Adamson will discuss a motion for preliminary injunction he helped students draft in a predatory lending case.

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April 5, 2019

Good with Words: Crafting Contracts, 4 - 4:30 pm, Jeffries Hall 1225

Join Kelly Pfeifer of the Community and Economic Development Clinic and Fermin Miguel Mendez of the Entrepreneurship Clinic as they share tips on drafting and editing contracts during a special session of Professor Patrick Barry’s Good with Words class.

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February 20, 2019

Edit Hour: Writing and Refugees, Noon - 12:30 pm, Jeffries Hall 1020

Join Professor Patrick Barry and members of the International Refugee Assistance Project for a special session of Edit Hour.

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February 6, 2019

Edit Hour: Writing and Rights; Noon-12:45 pm, Jeffries Hall 1020

Join Professors Margo Schlanger and Patrick Barry as they lead a training session for students working on Professor Schlanger’s Civil Rights Clearinghouse Project.

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January 30, 2019

Faculty Briefs: Unemployment Insurance Clinic, Noon - 12:30 pm, Jeffries Hall 1020

Join Rachel Kohl and Samir Hanna of the Unemployment Insurance Clinic as they talk with Professor Patrick Barry about the the many briefs they have helped students write here at Michigan.

January 23, 2019

Creative Counsel: Storytime; Noon - 12:30pm, Jeffries Hall 1020

Join Professor Patrick Barry as he leads a workshop on storytelling for students competing in the School of Public Health’s “Innovation in Action” program.  You’ll learn how to pitch your ideas in a more powerful and persuasive way.


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October 24, 2018

Faculty Briefs: Boumediene v. Bush, Noon–12:30 p.m. South Hall 0220

Get a short lesson on writing from Professor Patrick Barry and then hear Professor Julian Mortenson talk about the winning brief he helped craft in the landmark Supreme Court case Boumediene v Bush.

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October 17, 2018

The Syntax of Sports, Noon–12:30 p.m. South Hall 0220

Learn what the language of sports can teach you about the process of writing from Professor Patrick Barry and Mark Mosier, a partner at the D.C. office of Covington Burling whose past employers have included Chief Justice John Roberts, as a law clerk, and the San Francisco Giants, as a third baseman.

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October 3, 2018

Law and Letters: Email Etiquette, Noon–12:30 p.m. South Hall 1020

Get help from Laura Van Hyte of the Office of Career Planning and Professor Patrick Barry with perhaps the most frequent thing you’ll write as a lawyer: emails.

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September 26, 2018 Edit Hour: 1L Revised 

Noon–12:30 p.m. South Hall 1020

Join Professor Patrick Barry as he talks with a panel of peer tutors about what they would revise given the chance to edit all the writing they did during their 1L year.

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September 19, 2018:  Creative Counsel: Child Welfare Appellate Clinic

Noon - 12:30 pm South Hall 0220

Get a short lesson on creative problem solving from Professor Patrick Barry and then hear Professors Tim Pinto and Vivek Sankaran talk about the role imagination has played in the winning briefs they have helped students craft in the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic.



September 12, 2018:  Mistakes were Made:  Teams

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

From study groups to clinic partnerships, to larger group projects, teams play a big role in your development as a law student and lawyer.  Hear how to avoid some common pitfalls when forming them from Professor Beth Wilensky and Professor Patrick Barry.

April 18, 2018:  Faculty Briefs: Veterans Clinic

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Hear Professor Matt Andres, '02, and Clinical Fellow Yulanda Curtis discuss two complaints they helped students draft on behalf of clients in the Veterans Clinic

April 11, 2018: Edit Hour: Investigative Advocacy

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Professor Patrick Barry will be joined by Alberto Arce, a Former staff writer for The New York Times en Espanol and a current Kight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan.  They will discuss what lawyers can learn from journalists, especially when it comes to investigative advocacy.

March 21, 2018:  Mistakes Were Made: The Bar Exam

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0225

Hear Rebecca Ontiveros-Chavez, ’16, and other Michigan Law alumni talk about mistakes to avoid when preparing for the bar exam.

March 14, 2018: Marketing and Management: Time Management

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Hear a recent graduate and Skadden Fellow talk about how she balanced her many activities and responsibilities during law school, including raising two children. Prior to law school, Bailey earned a PhD in public policy from the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California, and worked as an assistant professor for the Air Force ROTC.

March 7, 2018:  Creative Counsel: Pre-Trial Litigation

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Hear The Hon. David R. Grand, ’98, discuss the creativity that goes into helping parties settle cases before trial and why it is important to learn to think imaginatively about legal problems.

February 7, 2018:  Edit Hour: Drafting a Defense

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

This session of Edit Hour will feature David Wiechert, ‘80, a criminal defense lawyer in California who has also spent time at Layman, Jones & Dye; Gibson Dunn; and the Major Frauds Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

January 31, 2018:  Marketing and Management:  Networking

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

A new series on two important career skills— marketing yourself and managing other people— begins with a session on networking. Learn how to better connect with employers and attract your first clients from Talar Berberian, JD/MUP ’12, an associate at Thomas Coburn in Chicago.

January 17, 2018:  Faculty Briefs:  Gautam Hans Discusses Michigan v. Wood

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Learn the litigation strategy behind Michigan v. Wood, a First Amendment case in which Clinical Fellow Gautam Hans, ’12, wrote an amicus brief  on behalf of the ACLU.

January 10, 2018:  Edit Hour: Prosecutorial Prose

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Learn what it is like to write and edit in the Manhattan DA’s office from Megan DeMarco, ’16, an assistant district attorney and former journalist who used to be the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.


November 29, 2017:  Faculty Briefs: Michelle Crockett, Hiring Partner, Miller Canfield

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

This session of Faculty Briefs will feature Professor Michelle Crockett, the hiring partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC in Detroit.  She will talk about what she looks for when evaluating briefs written by law students, as well as her experience as the director of the firm's diversity initiatives.

November 1, 2017: Edit Hour: Crafting Contracts

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Contracts are a way to use words to manage risk and relationships.  Learn to do that more effectively at this week's Edit Hour, where the guest will be Professor Dana Thompson, '99, of the Entrepreneurship Clinic.

October 27, 2017:  Edit Hour:  The Hon. David Hamilton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

3:15 - 4:15 pm, South Hall 0225

A special Edit Hour will take place this Friday during the second half of Professor Patrick Barry's Editing and Advocacy class.  The guest will be the Hon. David Hamilton, who spent 15 years as a federal district judge in Indiana before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2009.

September 27, 2017:  Edit Hour:  From Robbing Banks to Writing Briefs

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

Professor Shon Hopwood learned to write legal briefs in an unusual place: prison.  Join Hopwood as he shares the editing tips he picked up on the other side of the justice system and the ones he now passes on to his students at Georgetown University Law Center.

September 20, 2017:  Edit Hour: Punctuation and Professionalism

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

The inability to punctuate is not a moral failing, but it can be a professional liability. Review some of the most common punctuation mistakes made by law students and hear Alysha Naik, ’16, of Latham & Watkins, discuss what first-year associates can expect when it comes to writing and editing at a firm.

September 13, 2017:  Edit Hour: Jeff Fisher, '98, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford University

Noon - 1 pm, South Hall 0220

The first session of Edit Hour for the 2017–2018 academic year will start with a short lesson on passive voice from Professor Patrick Barry, followed by a Q & A (via Skype) with Jeff Fisher, ’98. Fisher is one of the country’s top appellate advocates and the co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford.


[Important noteGood Sentences does not endorse any of the opinions contained in the sentences in the collection. The only thing we endorse is the elegantly effective way these sentences were constructed.]