Stephanie Barclay is Legal Counsel at Becket, where she was named a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2016. Stephanie has broad experience litigating both religious liberty and free speech cases at the trial and appellate level.
During her time at Becket, Stephanie was on the legal team successfully defending the Little Sisters of the Poor before the U.S. Supreme Court. Stephanie has also participated in cases successfully defending a police officer whose speech and assembly rights were infringed upon (Heffernan v. City of Paterson), a young Muslim woman who was discriminated against in her employment for wearing a headscarf (EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores), and Native American practitioners challenging government destruction of sacred burial grounds (Slockish v. U.S. Federal Highway Administration).
Stephanie’s academic writing has appeared in journals such as the Boston College Law Review, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Her work has also been featured in many media outlets, including Bloomberg BNA, Law 360, the New Boston Post, and the New York Times. Stephanie has frequently discussed First Amendment issues in the national media, including BBC World News, Wall Street Journal Live, Fox News, TheBlaze, CBN News, EWTN Nightly News, and Newsmax TV. She has also spoken about religious liberty at universities, academic conferences, and Congressional briefings.
Before joining Becket, Stephanie worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where she drafted multiple Supreme Court briefs and successfully argued a Ninth Circuit appeal on behalf of a prison inmate seeking a religious dietary accommodation. Stephanie was the principal brief-writer of an amicus brief on behalf of former prison wardens supporting Becket’s client in the Supreme Court case of Holt v. Hobbs. She also served as counsel of record for a Fifth Circuit amicus brief defending religious prisoner worship rights. Stephanie additionally served as first chair of two civil trials that resulted in favorable outcomes for her clients, and she successfully litigated an appeal as lead counsel before the D.C. Court of Appeals. Her practice also included government affairs projects for clients.
Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Stephanie also clerked for the Honorable N. Randy Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Stephanie’s hobbies include swing dancing with her husband, taking pictures of her three mischievous children, and getting lost in foreign cities.