Bari Burke



Personal Summary

Professor Bari Burke has taught Torts I and IIGender and the LawLawyers' Values,  and Lawyer Well-Being and Self-care. 

She served as Assistant Dean from 1984 through 1986; Associate Dean from 1989 through 1991; and as Associate Dean of Students for the 2011-2012 academic year and Academic Associate Dean for Spring Semester 2012.  Professor Burke directed the Legal Writing Program from 1981 through 1995. 

Professor Burke has actively participated in the Association of American Law Schools.  Currently, she is a member of the AALS Resource Corps, co-facilitating law faculty retreats at various law schools.  From June 1996 through July 1998, she served as the Deputy Director of the AALS in Washington, D.C. She co-edited the Women in Legal Education Section Newsletter of the AALS for about a decade and has participated on a variety of AALS committees.

In addition, Professor Burke has worked with the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, serving on many site evaluation teams and on the Committee on Professionalism.

As soon as Professor Burke joined the faculty in 1981, she also joined into the academic planning project, led by former Dean Jack Mudd.  She continues to revise annually the syllabi in her courses with the goal of  better preparing students to practice law.  Last summer she was selected as a fellow in the Contemplative Pedagogy Program Summer Session 2012, investigating ways to incorporate meditation and journaling into her seminars. 

Professor Burke works with the bench and bar in Montana, participating in the Women's Section of the State Bar and earlier serving as the Co-Chair of the Montana Gender Fairness Task Force.

Professor Burke has been studying the lives of the women who were admitted to practice law in Montana between 1889 and 1969.


Professor Burke received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1979.


"If Medical Schools Can Do It, Why Can't We?" Montana Lawyer (August 2007);

"Lawyers Must Follow Their Inner compasses," Montana Lawyer (June/July 2007);

"Preparing Students for Meaningful, Healthy Lives as Lawyers" (Montana Lawyer May 2007);

Afterword: Pulling for the Shore of Independence," 59 Tenn. L. Rev. 479 (1992);

Legal Writing (Groups) at The University of Montana: Professional Voice Lessons in a Communal Context, 52 Mont. L. Rev. 373 (1991);

Honoring Emily E. Sloan: A Special Student, 52 Mont. L. Rev. 429 (1991);

Constitutional Initiative 30What Constitutional Rights Did Montanans Surrender in Hopes of Securing Liability Insurance, 48 Mont. L. Rev. 53 (1987).