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Francis Barry McCarthy

Professors Emeriti

Barry McCarthy is an expert in criminal law and procedure and in juvenile law, both in the United States and abroad. He is the former chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Criminal Procedural Rules Committee (1993-1999) and currently is the chair of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Rules Committee. He served as a consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Ireland for almost 20 years, and has also been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State. He was an adviser to Ireland's director of public prosecutions, and an active member of the International Bar Association. Author of Pennsylvania Juvenile Delinquency Practice and Procedure (West/Thomson 1984-2005) and coauthor of Juvenile Law and Its Processes (Lexis 1979-2003), Professor McCarthy is former chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. His scholarly work has appeared in New York University Law Review, Temple Law Review, and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among others. He previously taught law at Capital University and University College Dublin.

LLM, Columbia University
JD, Boston College
AB, Stonehill College



Juvenile Law
Criminal Law and Procedure


  • Francis Barry McCarthy, William Wesley Patton & James G. Carr, Juvenile Law and Its Processes:  Cases and Materials (Lexis 3d 2003). Includes Teachers Manual.

Scholarly Articles:

  • Francis Barry McCarthy, Counterfeit Interpretations of State Constitutions in Criminal Procedure, 58 Syracuse Law Review  79 (2007). Available on SSRN.

Awards and Honors

Excellence in Teaching Award (2001)