Policing Project welcomes new fellows for 2019-2020 academic year

This fall, the Policing Project is excited to welcome three new full-time fellows to our staff. Our new fellowships positions are designed for recent graduates with an interest in litigation and passion for improving how policing occurs. The fellows will work to develop creative and innovative ways to reshape constitutional and administrative law toward promoting democratic accountability in policing.

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Julian Clark

Prior to joining the Policing Project, Julian attended New York University School of Law, where he served as an executive editor on NYU Law Review and participated in the Criminal Defense and Re-entry Clinic, as well as the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic. He previously worked in finance at AIG and JPMorgan Chase. Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan.

Tell us a little bit about your research background:

In law school, I primarily researched criminal-justice related topics, including the causes of mass incarceration, policing, procedural and post-conviction justice, and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. I approach my research through an intersectional and racial justice lens and I'm deeply intrigued by the vexing question of how to explain and quantify the diffuse harms some criminal policies and practices create in low-income communities of color.

What drew you to the Policing Project? Are there any projects or focus areas you are especially excited to work on?

I was drawn to the Policing Project because it offered the prospect of engaging in criminal legal reform in a very tangible and immediate manner. Having the opportunity to have discussions with, collaborate with and influence law enforcement agencies in my first year out of law school is very exciting and something I couldn't pass up. I'm looking forward to learning from the Policing Project team and working on our Re-imagining Public Safety projects.

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Emmanuel Mauleon

Previously, Emmanuel was a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he worked on research and policy related to discriminatory surveillance, domestic terrorism, and hate crimes. While in law school he clerked for the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Federal Public Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit in Los Angeles. He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law with specializations in critical race theory and international law, and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Next year he will clerk with Judge Sarah Netburn of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tell us a little bit about your research background:

Prior to joining the Policing Project I worked in the Liberty & National Security program at the Brennan Center for Justice. While there I did research on domestic terrorism, far-right violence, and hate crimes which culminated in a policy report, Fighting Far-Right Violence and Hate Crimes, and State Hate Crimes database. Additionally, I worked on an outreach project to communities targeted by the federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, with a specific focus on Black Muslim communities. This work built on an article I wrote, Black Twice: Policing Black Muslim Identities, published by the UCLA Law Review, which focused on how Black Muslim communities were particularly vulnerable to both policing and national security programs that targeted different aspects of their identities.

What drew you to the Policing Project? Are there any projects or focus areas you are especially excited to work on?

I found the Policing Project during my time at law school, where much of my study focused on questions of police accountability. The work of the Policing Project stood out because of how many stakeholders they were able to get in the room—from police chiefs to abolitionist activists—and still managed to have productive conversations that moved the needle forward on democratically accountable policing. As a fellow, I am looking forward to working with communities and police to help craft policies around emerging technologies at the leading edge of policing.

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Robin Tholin

Prior to joining the Policing Project, Robin attended Harvard Law School, where she served as an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. She worked as a summer associate at Altshuler Berzon LLP and spent the previous summer in Senator Durbin’s Judiciary Committee office. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University. Next year she will clerk for Judge Marsha Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Tell us a little bit about your research background:

In law school, my research involved a number of different issues, primarily focused on constitutional law. After college, I spent several years at Common Cause, and I continued to research voting rights and election law. I also focused on reproductive rights law, looking particularly at the ways in which vulnerable people have been affected and even targeted by recent anti-abortion efforts, such as judicial bypass proceedings for minors and efforts to prevent undocumented minors from accessing abortions.

What drew you to the Policing Project? Are there any projects or focus areas you are especially excited to work on?

I was excited to join the Policing Project because of the unique approaches it is taking to criminal justice reform and litigation around policing. I’m drawn to the idea of getting front-end community voices and authorization into policing, and I am very interested in seeing the results of the work the Policing Project is doing in Chicago, my hometown. It’s also rare to get the chance to think through a longer-term litigation strategy that can have a real impact on people’s lives, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that work at the Policing Project.


Our fellows are funded in part by the generous support of The Justice Catalyst. The Catalyst’s mission is to activate path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering that have real-world impact and improve the lives of those denied access to justice by developing and supporting creative legal strategies that have concrete impact on a broad scale.

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