Stephanie Barclay joined the BYU Law School as an Associate Professor of Law in July 2018. Stephanie’s scholarship focuses on the role our different democratic institutions play in protecting minority rights, particularly at the intersection of free speech and religious exercise issues. Her academic writing has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as the Washington University Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Arizona Law Review, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Stephanie teaches First Amendment and Family Law, and her second- and third-year students voted her “Professor of the Year.”
Prior to teaching, Stephanie litigated First Amendment cases full-time at Becket from February 2015 to July 2018. She represented many organizations and individuals at both the trial and appellate level, including the Little Sisters of the Poor before the U.S. Supreme Court. Stephanie has also participated in cases defending 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 has frequently appeared in the national media to discuss First Amendment issues, including appearances on BBC World News, Wall Street Journal Live, and Fox News; and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Stephanie has twice been named a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer Rising Star (for 2016 and 2019).
Before joining Becket, Stephanie worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where she drafted multiple Supreme Court briefs, including defending the rights of a Muslim prison inmate seeking to wear a religious beard. She also successfully argued a Ninth Circuit appeal on behalf of a prison inmate seeking a religious dietary accommodation. Stephanie served as lead counsel on multiple additional trials and appeals.
Stephanie was nominated to serve as the Director of Programs for the AALS Law and Religion Section, and as a subcommittee chair for the JRCLS International Religious Freedom Committee. She graduated summa cum laude from BYU Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Barclay also clerked for the Honorable N. Randy Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.