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Barry Sullivan is a Chicago lawyer and, as of July 1, 2009, the Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a former litigation partner at Jenner & Block LLP, where he was also a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court and the Labor and Employment Practices.

Mr. Sullivan has litigated cases at all levels of the state and federal courts. He also has counseled clients, including governmental agencies, colleges and universities, and other not-for-profit organizations, as well as corporations, on a wide variety of constitutional, administrative and private law issues. Appellate and Supreme Court practice has been a special focus of Mr. Sullivan’s practice throughout his career. He has briefed and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court and in state and federal appellate courts throughout the United States. His cases have involved a wide range of areas, including:

constitutional and administrative law labor and employment bankruptcies and business restructurings corporate and securities law school and university law local government law professional licensing and privileges cases commercial law and arbitration criminal matters For further details on Mr. Sullivan's appellate and Supreme Court experience, please click here.

Mr. Sullivan has had a varied legal career. In addition to private practice, he has worked in the government and has been involved in university teaching and administration. During 1980 and 1981, Mr. Sullivan served as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States, in which capacity he argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court. Beginning in 1994, Mr. Sullivan served for five years as dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law. In 1998-99, he also served as vice president of the university. Mr. Sullivan has been a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, a Fulbright professor of law at the University of Warsaw and a visiting law fellow of the University of London. Most recently, he has taught part-time at the University of Warsaw and at the University of Chicago, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. He has given the Jessica Swift Lecture in Constitutional Law at Middlebury College (1991), the Rufus Monroe and Sophie Payne Lecture at the University of Missouri-Columbia (2003), and the Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics at West Virginia University (2005).

Mr. Sullivan’s professional publications, primarily in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, employment law, appellate practice and the legal profession, have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Dublin University Law Journal, Law and Contemporary Problems, the Northwestern Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, Legal Ethics, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, the Warsaw University Law Review, and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Dublin University Law Journal and has previously been a guest editor for Law and Contemporary Problems and Human Rights.

Mr. Sullivan has long been active in professional and community service. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 1983 and served on the members’ consultative groups for the restatements of the Law Governing Lawyers and Agency. He currently serves on the members’ consultative group for the restatement of Employment Law. Mr. Sullivan has also been active in the American Bar Association, having served as chair of the ABA Coordinating Committee on AIDS (1988-94), as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs (1990-97, 2004-07) and as a member of the Council of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (1993-98). He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and as a member of the Council of the Section of Legal Education. He also serves as chair of the Finance Committee for the Section of Legal Education. He previously was chair of the Section's Committee on Professionalism (1999-2000) and a member of the Law School Accreditation Standards Review Committee (2002-2005). Mr. Sullivan also has served as chair of the section on education of lawyers of the Virginia State Bar (1998-99). In 1995-96, he was a consultant to the government of Ireland’s commission on the status of people with disabilities. Mr. Sullivan is currently a member of the visiting committee to the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies of the University of Chicago, of the Advisory Board of the International Human Rights Institute of DePaul University, and of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Religion, the Professions and the Public at the University of Missouri, and of the Board of Visitors of Southern Illinois University School of Law. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Fellows of Phi Beta Kappa and of the American Bar Foundation. He was a trustee of Catholic Theological Union from 1993 to 2003, a member of the visiting committee to the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1987 to 2001, and a member of the board of the University of Chicago’s Court Theatre from 2003 to 2005.

Barry Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, where he received his A.B. degree with high honors in philosophy and political science in 1970. He graduated in 1974 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a national honor scholar and associate editor of the Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Sullivan served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. He joined the Jenner & Block in 1975 and became a partner in 1981.



"The Irish Constitution: Some Reflections from Abroad," The Irish Constitution: Governance and Values (Oran Doyle and Eoin Carolan, eds.) (Dublin: Thomson Round Hall, 2008)
"Other Minds: The Use and Uses of Oral Argument," The Circuit Rider, (June 2008)
"Rule 23(f): A Note on Law and Discretion in the Courts of Appeals," 246 F.R.D. 277 (2008) (with Amy Kobelski Trueblood)
"Constitutional Interpretation as 'Interfaith Communion' - The Use of Foreign Legal Materials in US Courts," IBA Legal Practice Division Litigation Committee Newsletter (May 2007) (with Bilal Zaheer)
"Constitutional Interpretation and Republican Government," 28 Dublin University Law Journal 221 (2006)
"Essential Choices," 33(1) Human Rights i (Spring 2006) (with Penny Wakefield)
"Private Practice, Public Profession: Convictions, Commitments, And The Availability Of Counsel," 108 West Virginia Law Review 1 (2005)
Review of Geoffrey R. Stone, "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism," 27 Dublin University Law Journal 431 (2005)
"Ruling On a Number of Business-Related Issues," The National Law Journal (October 24, 2005)
"Naked Fitzies and Iron Cages: Individual Values, Professional Virtues, and the Struggle for Public Space," 78 Tulane Law Review 1687 (2004)
"Precedent and Constitutional Adjudication," 3(2) Warsaw University Law Review 141 (2004)
"AIDS and The Law: Then and Now," 31(4) Human Rights i (Fall 2004) (with Richard T. Andrias)
Review of John C. Tucker, "Trial and Error: The Education of A Courtroom Lawyer," 25 Dublin University Law Journal 300 (2003)
Essay Review of Deborah L. Rhode, "In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession," 5 Legal Ethics 179 (2002)
"On the Borderlands of Chevron's Empire: An Essay on Title VII, Agency Procedures, and the Power of Judicial Review," 62 Louisiana Law Review 317 (2002)
Foreword: "Enduring and Empowering: The Bill of Rights in the Third Millenium," 65 Law and Contemporary Problems 1 (2002) (with James E. Coleman, Jr.)
"The Bill of Rights and the Emerging Democracies," 65 Law and Contemporary Problems 251 (2002) (with Jacek Kurczewski)
"Respect, Responsibility, and the Virtue of Introspection: An Essay on Professionalism in the Law School Environment," 15 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 117 (2001) (with Ellen S. Podgor)
"The Problem and Possibilities of Professionalism," 21 Dublin University Law Journal 108 (1999)
"John Wisdom, Watchman of the Republic, Forester of the Soul," 69 Mississippi Law Journal, 1 (1999)
"A Tribute to Lewis F. Powell, Jr.," 56 Washington and Lee Law Review 16 (1999)
Review of John C. Tucker, "May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment," 115(16) The Christian Century 556 (May 20-27, 1998)
Review of Brian K. Landsberg, "Enforcing Civil Rights: Race Discrimination and The Department of Justice," 25(1) Human Rights 5 (Winter 1998)
"A Memorial Tribute to Judge Walter E. Hoffman," 54 Washington and Lee Law Review 1346 (1997)
"A Tribute to Hon. Alexander M. Harman," 54 Washington and Lee Law Review 871 (1997)
"Professions of Law," 9 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 1235 (1996)
"A Tribute to Edmund Douglas Campbell," 53 Washington and Lee Law Review 1212 (1996)
"To See Life Steadily and to See It Whole: For Judge Wisdom in His Ninety-First Year," 53 Washington and Lee Law Review 1 (1996)
"Is The Legal Profession on The Trash Heap? (Dissatisfaction and The Legal Profession)," 94 Business and Society Review 19 (1995)
"'Not Unmindful of The Future'": Some Reflections on Stability and Change," 52 Washington and Lee Law Revew 323 (1995)
"Foreword: Civil Rights 1995," 1 Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Digest iv (1995)
"When The Environment Is Other People: An Essay on Science, Culture, and The Authoritative Allocation of Values," 69 Notre Dame Law Review 597 (1994)
"Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Science: Making The Trains Run on Time (Review of S. Breyer, Beyond the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation)," 89 Northwestern University Law Review 166 (1994)
"AIDS: Law, Policy, and The Continuing Work of The American Bar Association," 27 John Marshall Law Review 273 (1994)
"A Tribute to J. Timothy Philipps," 51 Washington and Lee Law Review 1146 (1994)
"Among Schoolchildren: AIDS, The Law, And The Public Schools in Child, Parent and State: Law and Policy Reader" (S. Humm, et al. eds.), Temple University Press (1994)
"AIDS and the Medical Boards: Some Legal Issues," 78 Federation Bulletin 266 (1991)
"Dedication: For Judge Wisdom on His Eighty-Fifth Birthday," 64 Tulane Law Review 1341 (1990)
"Historical Reconstruction, Reconstruction History, and the Proper Scope of Section 1981," 98 Yale Law Journal 541 (1989)
"AIDS: Law, Public Policy, and the Work of the American Bar Association," 21 University of Toledo Law Review 1 (1989)
"Preserving Error In Civil Cases: Some Fundamental Principles," 32 Trial Lawyer’s Guide 1 (1988) (with Barry Levenstam and David von Ebers)
Essay Review of R. Beeman, S. Botein and E. Carter, eds., "Beyond Confederation: Origins of the Constitution and American National Identity," R. Bernstein with K. Rice, "Are We to Be a Nation? The Making of The Constitution," C. Kesler, ed., "Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and The American Founding," J. Story, "Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States" (R. Rotunda and J. Nowak eds.), and M. White, "Philosophy, The Federalist and the Constitution," 32 American Journal of Legal History 1973 (1988)
"ABA Responds to AIDS," 74 American Bar Association Journal 128 (1988)
Essay Review of R. Stern, E. Gressman & S. Shapiro, "Supreme Court Practice," 4 Constitutional Commentary 452 (1987)
"The Honest Muse: Judge Wisdom and the Uses of History," 60 Tulane Law Review 314 (1985)
Essay Review of B. Schwartz, "Super Chief" and G. White, "Earl Warren: A Public Life," 29 American Journal of Legal History 349 (1985)
"Legal Change and Legal Autonomy: Charitable Trusts in New York1777-1893," 3 Law and History Review 51 (1985) (with Stanley N. Katz and C. Paul Beach)
Essay Review of P. Irons, "Justice at War," 60 Notre Dame Law Review 237 (1984)
"Some Thoughts on The Constitutionality of Good Samaritan Statutes," 8 American Journal on Law and Medicine 26 (1982)
Review of J. Bass, "Unlikely Heroes," 35 Southwestern Law Journal 1111 (1982)
"Standards of Review," American Bar Association Source Book on Appellate Advocacy (1981)
"Discovery in Civil Cases: Work Product and The Information Act," in B. Garfinkle, ed., "Current Problems in Federal Civil Practice II" (P.L.I. 1976) (with Jerold S. Solovy)
"Exhaustion of State Administrative Remedies Under Section 1983," 41 University of Chicago Law Review 537 (1974)

Professional Activities:

American Constitution Society, Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors, 2009- American Bar Foundation, Elected Fellow, 2004
Chambers USA, Litigation, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
DePaul University Black Law Students Association, First Annual Progressives in the Profession Award, 2006
Illinois Super Lawyers, Appellate – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Leading Lawyers Network, Civil Appellate Law - 2004-2009
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law - 2004-2009
Top 100 Business Lawyers in Illinois - 2009
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability
Phi Beta Kappa, Elected Fellow, 1997
University of London, Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Laws, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 2001
University of Warsaw, Fulbright Senior Scholar, Faculty of Law and Administration, 2000-2001
Washington and Lee Law Review, Dedication and Tribute, 57 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 309, 2000
Washington and Lee University, Faculty Endowment of Barry Sullivan Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law, 2000


Court Theatre, University of Chicago, Member, Board of Trustees, 2003-2005
Government of Ireland, Consultant, Commission on The Status of People With Disabilities, 1995-1996
National Leadership Coalition on AIDS, Member, Legal Review and Advisory Panel, 1992-1998


Catholic Theological Union, Member, Board of Trustees, 1993-2003
DePaul University International Human Rights Institute, Member, Advisory Board, 2003-present
Dublin University Law Journal, Member, Editorial Board, 2004-present
Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, Member, Advisory Panel, 2001-2004
George Washington University Law School, Member, Project DV-LEAP Advisory Board, 2006-Present
Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, Member, Visiting Committee, 2001-present
Southern Illinois University School of Law, Member, Board of Visitors, 2006-present
University of Chicago Divinity School Member, Visiting Committee, 1987-2001
University of Chicago Law School, Lecturer in Law, Spring 2002 University of Missouri Center for Religion, the Professions and the Public, Member, National Advisory Board, 2003-present
University of Warsaw, Visiting Professor, November 2002, November 2003, November 2005

Service To The Bar

American Bar Association

Chair, Coordinating Committee on AIDS, 1988-1994

Member, Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, 2007-present

Member, Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs, 1990-1997, 2004-07

Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Member of Council, 1993-1998
Co-Chair, Bill of Rights Committee, 2002-present
Co-Chair, Amicus Briefs Committee, 2002-2004
Member, Thurgood Marshall Award Section Committee, 2004-2005

Section on Legal Education
Member of Council, 2006-present
Member, Accreditation Policy Task Force, 2006-2007
Member, Accreditation Standards Review Committee, 2002-2005
Member, Communications Skills Committee, 2000-2002
Chair, Committee on Professionalism, 1999-2000
Member, Committee on Law School Administration, 1994-1998

American Law Institute
Member, 1983-present

Member, Consultative Committee on Restatement of the Law: The Law Governing Lawyers, 1992-1998

Member, Consultative Committee on Restatement of Employment Law, 2000-present

Member, Consultative Committee on Restatement of the Law: Agency, 2002-present
Appellate Lawyers Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Lawyers Club of Chicago
Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Committee on the Administration of Justice, Vice-Chairman, 1985-1986; Member, 1986-1992 Supreme Court Historical Society, Chair, Illinois State Membership, 2002-2003
Virginia State Bar, Section on Education of Lawyers, Chair, 1998-1999; Member of Council, 1994-2000; Chair, Special Committee on Future of Section, 1997-1998

External Links
Jenner and Block Profile
Harris School Profile


Biography of Barry Sullivan from Jenner & Block LLP's website.
Press release announcing appointment of Barry Sullivan to Cooney and Conway Chair.
Biography of Barry Sullivan from University of Chicago Harris School's website.
Biography of Barry Sullivan from the Oyez Project's website.

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