Whitney Hayes


Whitney received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the Simon H. Rifkind Prize for best performance in the first-year moot court program. During law school, she participated in the Challenging the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic, as well as externships at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and The Bronx Defenders. Whitney spent her first summer at the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project and her second summer at The Bronx Defenders. Additionally, she was President of the Criminal Justice Action Network, worked on the Columbia Human Rights Law Review’s A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, and served on the editorial boards for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and BLSA’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team. Whitney was awarded Columbia’s Bernstein Fellowship for dedication to fighting racial discrimination through public interest law. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia.