Courtney graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.M. from Tulane University in 2007. While there, Courtney majored in Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Psychology. She received her law degree, cum laude with exceptional service honors, from American University Washington College of Law in 2011. While there, Courtney served as a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society, the Articles Editor of the Criminal Law Brief, and a teaching assistant for the Trial Advocacy Program. After graduation, Courtney clerked for the Honorable Timothy L. Garcia (ret.) of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She then worked as a felony trial attorney for the New Mexico Public Defender and as a civil litigator for both a local and a national law firm. Courtney joined DACA in 2019.