Since 1983, he has been active in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and served three years on its national Board and as chair of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is the past President of the Connecticut Bar Association and past Division Chair of the National Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Barry is former Chair of the national drafting committee for the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) and Chair of the National Enactment Committee. He lectures nationally on the subject of institutional endowment funds and UPMIFA. He is currently a Member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.
After graduating from University of Virginia School of Law, Barry served as a Captain in the United States Army. He earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam (1969-1970).