Dr. Diane Barr is completing her ninth year as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she oversees canonical and civil legal matters related to sexual misconduct of minors as well as the many administrative and ethical issues that relate to diocesan governance. She has been involved with canonical and civil cases of sexual misconduct since 1984 as a representative of the diocese, a diocesan investigator, an expert witness or as the canonical advocate for individuals who have been accused of misconduct.
Dr. Barr earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from the College of Law at the University of Idaho in Moscow before beginning her canonical studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa where she was awarded a licentiate and later a doctorate in Roman Catholic Canon Law.
She is a member of the Idaho Bar Association. She served the Diocese of Boise in Idaho for twenty years in a number of positions including that of Director of the Office of Canonical Affairs. She also served for three years as a judge and the Moderator for the Tribunal of First Instance for the Archdiocese of Atlanta prior to beginning her work in Baltimore.
Dr. Barr has been a lecturer at Saint Paul University with a special emphasis on civil law issues for canon lawyers. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Canon Law Society of America and many of the organization 's various committees. She is also the author of many other articles on a variety of canonical subjects.
Dr. Barr has given presentations to various national and regional groups on issues such as the canonical rights of clergy and laity, due process, canonical financial processes, advocacy and sexual misconduct issues, as well matters of concern to pastoral ministers at the diocesan and parish levels. She continues to maintain a canonical private practice in tribunal and advocacy issues.