The Catholic University of America

Margaret M. Barry
Professor, Columbus School of Law 


Margaret Martin Barry graduated magna cum laude from Luther College, and received her J.D. degree in from the University of Minnesota.  After working on Capitol Hill and doing pro bono representation for several years, Professor Barry 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. Professor Barry 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.

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 January 2008 to January 2010. Professor Barry also served as Vice-Chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee from July 2008 through July 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. Professor Barry is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review. In addition to her academic activities, Professor Barry has co-chaired the DC Bar's Family Law Section and its Family Law Representation Committee, has been active in developing pro bono and pro se services for DC residents who have limited access to legal representation, and has served on committees and working groups addressing domestic violence and domestic relations issues.


Dreamscapes:  Descendants of Slaves Past, Present and Future, 40 U. Tol. L. Rev. 667 (2009)

Justice Education and the Evaluation Process:  Crossing Borders, 28 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 195  co-authored with Martin Geer, Catherine F. Klein, and Ved Kumari.

The Clinical Legal Education Movement:  Observations for New Teachers, (Keynote Address, AALS New Clinical Teachers Conference, June 2008) SSRN and in the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Newsletter, Volume 2008, Issue 2

Clinical Legal Education in the Law University: Goals and Challenges, 11 Int'l J. Clin. Legal Ed. 27 (2007).
Book Chapter: Co-Author of Teen Dating Violence, Creative Child Advocacy: Global Perspectives , Sage Publications India 2004

Access to Justice: On Dialogues with the Judiciary, 29 Fordham Urb. L. J. 1089 (2002)

Clinical Legal Education for This Millennium: The Third Wave, 7 Clin. L. Rev. 1 (2000), co-authored with Jon C. Dubin and Peter A. Joy.

Accessing Justice: Are Pro Se Clinics a Reasonable Response to the Lack of Pro Bono Legal Services and Should Law School Clinics Conduct Them? 67 Fordham L. Rev. 1897 (1999).

Reflective Lawyering (Chapter 5) Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs, and Teacher's Manual, West 1998, and revised for 2nd edition, West 2007.

The District of Columbia's Joint Custody Presumption: Misplaced Blame and Simplistic Solutions, 46 Cath. U. L. Rev. 801 (1997)

The Downside of Benign Intent, 5 Am. U. J. Gender & L. 1 (1997)

Clinical Supervision: Walking That Fine Line, 2 Clin. L. Rev. 137 (1995)

Protective Order Enforcement: Another Pirouette, 6 Hastings Women's L.J. 339 (1995)

A Question of Mission: Catholic Law School's Domestic Violence Clinic 38 How. L.J. 135 (1994)



Status Matters: A Time to Act, Section on Clinical Legal Education Newsletter (November 2005)

Pro Se Pleadings for Unrepresented Litigants in DC Family Court (2005, revised 2007/8) (Collaboration, Members of the Pleadings Subcommittee of the Family Law Representation Committee)

Pro Se Custody Clinic Teaching Materials and Parenting Plan (April 2004) (Lead in collaboration with members of the Custody Clinic Subcommittee of the Family Law Representation Committee)

Chapter 3: The Statutory Standard in Child Custody Cases and How to Meet It, District of Columbia Bar Practice Manual (1997)

"A Leap Backward: D.C.'s Child Custody Act," The Washington Lawyer (Nov/Dec 1996)

A Teacher's Trouble: Risk, Responsibility and Rebellion, 2 Clin. L. Rev. 315 (1995)(Conference Transcript)

Chapter 12: Domestic Violence, District of Columbia Bar Child Custody Training Manual, Second Ed. (with Leslye Orloff) (1995)

Newsletters: As Chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, President of the Clinical Legal Education Association, and currently as Co-President of the Society of American Law Schools, I have written, or in the case of SALT, co-written the lead articles in the newsletters issued during my leadership positions.


Society of American Law Teachers Leadership Award, January 2010

William Pincus Award (outstanding contributions to clinical legal education), January 2009

Watts Empowerment Award (WEAVE)(service to the domestic violence community), June 2008

Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Advocate, 2006

Clinical Legal Education Association, Service to Clinical Legal Education, 1999

D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (outstanding service in representing victims of domestic violence), 1989, 1994

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Certificate of Appreciation, 1995