Barrett was as talented and as dedicated a law teacher as any of his distinguished (or soon-to-become-distinguished) contemporaries. But Barrett resisted the movement toward new rights in fields where none had existed before. At least, he was quite uneasy about the trend. To be sure, others in law teaching shared Barrett's concern that the clock was spinning too fast. Indeed, some others were quite vociferous about it.' But because his criticism was cerebral rather than emotional - because he fairly stated and fully explored the arguments urging the courts to increase their tempo in developing constitutional rights - Barrett was probably the most formidable skeptic in criminal law teaching ranks when the so-called revolution in criminal procedure unfolded.
Kamisar, Yale. "Edward L. Barrett, Jr.: The Critic with 'that Quality of Judiciousness Demanded of the Court Itself'." U. C. Davis L. Rev. 20, no. 2 (1987): 191-218.