Stephanie Barclay

Stephanie Barclay

Legal Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Professor Stephanie Barclay is an Associate Professor of law at BYU Law School, where she researches and writes about First Amendment issues. Professor Barclay’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 The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and she 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. Professor Barclay teaches First Amendment and Family Law.

Prior to teaching, Professor Barclay litigated First Amendment cases full-time as Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. 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. Professor Barclay was named a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2016. Before joining Becket, Professor Barclay 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 served as lead counsel on multiple additional trials and appeals.

Professor Barclay is a member of the Executive Committee for the AALS Law and Religion Section. 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.