Nakia Barr

Nakia  BarrAdjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Nakia White Barr is an Assistant General Counsel at Michigan State University, where she focuses on contract, governance and government related matters.

    Ms. Barr began her legal career handling complex commercial real estate transactions at large national law firms in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, she practiced municipal law in Trenton, New Jersey, where she served as Acting City Attorney and Chief Municipal Prosecutor.

    Ms. Barr earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as External Student Relations Editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland at College Park with a B.A. in Government and Politics and a Certificate in African-American Studies.

    Her community involvement presently includes service on the East Lansing Housing Commission and membership in the Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Ms. Barr is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the State of New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

  • Courses
    • Contract Drafting
      The specific purpose of this class is to use contract principles that the student has learned in the first year as a vehicle to develop the student's abilities as a planner and counselor. It will involve the study of some of the common pitfalls encountered in contract drafting and called upon to perform specific exercises in which the student will use her/his basic knowledge of contracts to draft various documents. In the course of the drafting, the student will be required to predict what may happen, provide for that contingency and attempt to protect the client.