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Kyle C. Barry

Policy Counsel

Kyle Barry serves as Policy Counsel at LDF. Mr. Barry identifies and advances legislative and policy reforms in LDF's priority areas, with a special concentration on judicial nominations. Prior to joining LDF, Kyle served as Director of Justice Programs at Alliance for Justice in Washington, D.C., where he directed AFJ’s advocacy on equal access to justice, fair courts, judicial selection, and the Supreme Court. Among other issues, Kyle has advocated for greater representation of civil rights lawyers and public defenders among federal judges, and co-authored a landmark report on the professional background of federal judicial nominees.

A nationally-recognized policy expert on the courts, Kyle has been quoted by numerous local and national media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The National Law Journal. His editorial writing has also appeared in numerous publications, and he has published Supreme Court commentary in The Nation magazine.

Before his advocacy work at AFJ, Kyle practiced law as an Associate at the Washington firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Poe & Burton PLLC. As an Associate, Kyle litigated primarily white collar criminal defense cases, and authored numerous briefs filed in various federal courts. Kyle clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy and U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss in the District of Vermont.

Kyle received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as a Research Assistant for Professor John J. Donohue on an influential empirical study of capital punishment in Connecticut. In 2015, Justice Stephen Breyer cited the study in his Glossip v. Gross dissent to argue that the death penalty is applied arbitrarily. Kyle received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Vermont.