Whittney Barth

During law school, Whittney served as the Executive Comments Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law and participated in the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a distinguished team of legal professionals dedicated to fighting for civil rights and for the common good. As I begin my legal career, I’m grateful for the unique opportunity to meaningfully participate in all aspects of litigation.”

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Whittney Barth is an Associate in the Baltimore office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and B.A. from Miami University.

During law school, Whittney served as the Executive Comments Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law and participated in the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project. She also interned with the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Muslim Advocates, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on National Poverty Law. She earned pro bono honors and was awarded the 2019 Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to the law school community, and the 2018 Public Interest award for her class.

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
  • B.A., Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Clinics

  • Civil Rights—Police Accountability Clinic

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2019

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

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The complaint alleges that during bond hearings before the Baltimore Immigration Court, the government violates the constitutional rights of detainees when it requires that a detainee, rather than the government, bear the burden of proving that they are not a flight risk or a danger to the community in order to be freed.

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Can I Be Fired for Participating in Peaceful Protests?

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, we are committed to the bedrock principle of equal justice under law.  We support and stand behind peaceful protests to bring about long-needed societal reform, take on systemic racism, and make our world a better place for everyone. In the familiar words of Dr. King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to [...]
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Class Action Seeks to Secure Fair Bond Hearings for Immigrants Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) reported that Carlos Escobar-Mejia, a 57-year-old Salvadoran man, died in custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in California. Mr. Escobar-Mejia was the first reported individual in ICE detention to die from COVID-19. Though Mr. Escobar-Mejia had lived [...]
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Supreme Court Focuses on Job Duties, Contracts in Applying “Ministerial Exception” to Teachers at Religious Schools

The Supreme Court recently decided two cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel, both on appeal from the Ninth Circuit, that clarified the scope of the so-called “ministerial exception” to anti-discrimination laws. According to the Court, under that exception, “courts are bound to stay out of employment disputes involving […]

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