Our Team

 Barry Friedman, Director

Barry Friedman, Director

The Policing Project at the New York University School of Law is a dynamic, growing organization dedicated to bringing democratic accountability to policing. We work with communities and police departments across the country to ensure that police department policies and practices are transparent, efficacious, and adopted with public input.


Biographies and Contact Information

 Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman is the Director of the Policing Project. As the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU School of Law, he is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. Friedman serves as the reporter for the American Law Institute’s new Principles of the Law, Police Investigations. For 30 years, he has taught, written about, and litigated issues of constitutional law and criminal procedure. He now teaches Democratic Policing, Criminal Procedure, and an externship course in conjunction with the Policing Project. He has written numerous articles in scholarly journals including “Democratic Policing,” N. Y. U. L. Rev. (2015) (with Maria Ponomarenko), “Redefining What’s Reasonable: Protections for Policing,” Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (2015) (with Cynthia Benin), and “Taking Warrants Seriously,” 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 4 (2012) (with Oren Bar-Gill). He also is quoted and his work appears in the popular media, including the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post, Politico and the New Republic. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and the award-winning book on policing and the Constitution, Unwarranted: Policing without Permission (February 2017). Friedman graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

You can contact Barry at barry.friedman@nyu.edu

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  Maria Ponomarenko

Maria Ponomarenko is a Deputy Director of the Policing Project, and a co-teacher for the Democratic Policing seminar and Policing Project Externship. Ponomarenko graduated summa cum laude from NYU Law. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ponomarenko holds a BA in history and economics and an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in history from Stanford University. Her dissertation, “The Department of Justice and the Limits of the New Deal State,” explored issues of federalism and institutional capacity in the New Deal and World War II years, with a focus on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s relationship with state and local police. Ponomarenko writes in the areas of constitutional law and criminal procedure; she is currently working on an article on police accountability in local communities. She is the author (with Barry Friedman) of “Democratic Policing,” N.Y.U. L. Rev. (2015).

You can contact Maria at maria.ponomarenko@nyu.edu

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 Farhang Heydari

Farhang Heydari is a Deputy Director of the Policing Project and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School focusing on criminal justice and civil rights coursework. Prior to joining the Policing Project, Heydari was a Johnnie L. Cochran fellow and then an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a civil rights law firm with a nationwide practice. At NSB, Heydari focused on representing individuals who have been victims of official misconduct. Prior to joining NSB, Heydari clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Heydari is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review and director of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

You can contact Farhang at farhang.heydari@nyu.edu

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 Brian Chen

Brian Chen is a Senior Program Manager. Before joining the Policing Project, Chen worked at the Mayor’s Office in New Orleans, where he managed citywide strategies to promote public safety and economic opportunity. Before that, he was a Litigation Associate at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he monitored a U.S. police department under a federal consent decree. Chen earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.

You can contact Brian at brianjchen@nyu.edu

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Ariele Le Grand

Ariele Le Grand is a Senior Program Manager of the Policing Project. She is a licensed social worker with a depth of experience in community engagement, facilitation and program development. Prior to joining the Policing Project, Le Grand worked at the Clinton Foundation, where she managed national programs to promote behavioral health and opioid abuse prevention. Before that, she worked with National Development & Research Institutes, where she developed trainings and research tools for a study exploring harm reduction approaches among injection drug users. Le Grand is a past fellow of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has years of experience developing strategy with community based organizations striving to deepen their social impact. Le Grand is an alumna of Spelman College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She holds Master's degrees in Social Anthropology and Social Work from the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania respectively.

You can contact Ariele at ariele.legrand@nyu.edu

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 Regina Holloway

Regina Holloway is a Senior Program Manager for the Policing Project. She received a BA in Political Science and African American Studies from Temple University, and her JD from Suffolk University Law School. Regina previously served as a Supervising Investigator with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), in Chicago. She began her legal career as a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School in the Housing Discrimination Testing Program. There she investigated claims of discrimination, taught a Fair Housing course, and led the program's Gender Identity Study which was published in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.  She then transitioned to practicing criminal defense in the Boston District Courts where she worked as a Bar Advocate for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, defending indigent clients. Prior to attending law school she has amassed over 10 years of experience in sales and business development. Regina is originally from Philadelphia, PA.

You can contact Regina at regina.holloway@nyu.edu

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 Matthew Barge

Matthew Barge is a Consultant for the Policing Project. Mr. Barge is the federal court-appointed monitor overseeing a federal consent decree in Cleveland, leading a team of national experts and local community members. He is also currently serving as lead police practices expert to a retired magistrate judge overseeing an agreement between the City of Chicago and American Civil Liberties Union addressing issues related to "stop-and-frisk." He is a subject matter expert on the federal monitoring team overseeing a federal consent decree in Baltimore and previously served as Deputy Monitor for a federal consent decree in Seattle.  He is also a Principal Consultant with 21CP Solutions, a consulting firm that assists police departments and community organizations on law enforcement issues. A lawyer, Mr. Barge previously worked as a litigator specializing in complex, multi-district litigation at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan in New York City.  He is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Georgetown University.

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  Jamelia Morgan

Jamelia Morgan is a Research Fellow at the Policing Project. Morgan is a civil rights litigator working to improve prison conditions and end the use of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania state prisons. She is the former Arthur Liman Fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project (NPP). At NPP, Morgan worked on the ACLU’s Stop Solitary campaign seeking to end the practice of long-term isolation in our nation’s prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers through public policy reform, legislation, litigation, and public education. Morgan is the author of a 2017 ACLU report titled Caged In: Solitary Confinement’s Devastating Harms on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities. She is a 2013 graduate of Yale Law School, where she was an active member of the Criminal Defense Project and the Detention and Human Rights Clinic. During her summers in law school, Morgan interned at the ACLU of Mississippi, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff and Abady, where she worked on employment discrimination, voting rights, and police misconduct cases. Prior to law school, Morgan served as Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum, a social justice think tank that works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to affirmative action, structural racism, and gender inequality. Morgan is a 2006 graduate of Stanford University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Arts degree in Sociology.

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 Carrie Eidson

Carrie Eidson is the Digital Communications Manager at the Policing Project. Prior to joining the team, she worked as an environmental journalist and photographer in Asheville, North Carolina, and in communications, marketing and community engagement for the Chicago Park District. She holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a master’s in urban planning at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU.

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 Claire Duleba

Claire Duleba is the Administrator of the Policing Project. She graduated from Christie’s Education in New York with an MA in Art History in December 2015, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts  in Art History and Anthropology from NYU College of Arts and Sciences.

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 Nicole Bernardo

Nicole Bernardo is the Administrative Aide to Barry Friedman at NYU School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s College of Arts & Science in 2017. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature with a double minor in Cinema Studies and Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology.

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 Robert Wasserman

Robert Wasserman is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Policing Project, and is a lifelong and internationally-recognized expert in law enforcement affairs and community relations. He previously served as a Senior Advisor on International Law Enforcement for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U. S. Department of State and served as Chief of Staff of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and was sent to Bosnia following the war, as both Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Acting Commissioner of the United Nations International Police Task Force. He has had an extensive career in law enforcement, having served as a senior executive in several large American police agencies, including Dayton, Boston and Houston. During the course of his career, he has been the initiator or at the forefront of a number of seminal policing initiatives, including 311 and differential police response, police performance management (CompStat), neighborhood-oriented policing, the Kansas City Patrol Experiments, Dayton Team Policing, the San Diego Beat Profiling initiative, the Boston Community Disorders strategy and the Police Recruit Training Year. Mr. Wasserman did his undergraduate work in sociology at Antioch College and his graduate work in Police Administration at Michigan State University.

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  Sunshine Hillygus

Sunshine Hillygus is a Consultant at the Policing Project, and professor of political science and public policy at Duke University as well as the director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology (DISM). Her research and teaching specialties include survey methodology, public opinion, and American elections. She is co-author of The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008). Prof. Hillygus serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the U.S. Census Bureau, the board of the American National Election Studies, and the editorial board of several leading academic journals. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Arkansas.

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  Ian Samuel

Ian Samuel is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on the ways in which rapidly advancing technologies can disrupt legal institutions and the ways in which legal doctrine and the design of institutions should change as a result. He is the author of The New Writs of Assistance (forthcoming, Fordham Law Review), Warrantless Location Tracking (NYU Law Review, 2008), among other work. He received his JD, summa cum laude, from New York University School of Law, and clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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  Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson is a national expert on predictive policing, big data policing, and emerging surveillance technologies. Professor Ferguson currently teaches as a tenured full professor at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.  He is the author of the new book The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement (2017).  His legal scholarship focuses on the digital transformation of the criminal justice system and he is a frequent commentator in the national media.  In 2017 Professor Ferguson co-authored the law professors’ amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Petitioner in Carpenter v. U.S., involving the warrantless collection of cell-site tracking data. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Ferguson worked as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. As a public defender for seven years, he represented adults and juveniles in serious felony cases ranging from homicide to misdemeanor offenses. Before joining the Public Defender Service, Professor Ferguson was awarded the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship at the Georgetown Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. Immediately after graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Professor Ferguson holds an LL.M from Georgetown Law Center, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (summa cum laude), and a B.A. from Williams College (cum laude).

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 Danielle Citron

Danielle Citron is the Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law where she teaches and writes about privacy, civil rights, and free speech. Her scholarship has explored the intersection of artificial intelligence and the law, including “Technological Due Process,” “The Scored Society: Due Process for Automated Predictions,” (with Frank Pasquale), and Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press). In addition to extensive work on privacy, Danielle is currently exploring the societal implications of deep learning powered fakery. Danielle is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Affiliate Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and a member of the Principals Group for the Harvard-MIT AI Fund. Danielle works closely with tech companies and lawmakers on issues of online safety, privacy, and free speech, and is the Chair of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Board of Directors. She will be a Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Law in the fall of 2018 and Harvard Law School in the fall of 2019. You can find more on her research here.

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Bennett Capers is the Stanley A. August Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law. His articles and essays have been published in numerous law reviews and legal journals, and his commentary and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and other media publications.  He has been a visiting professor at Fordham Law School, University of Texas Law School, and Boston University Law School, and taught at Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Prior to teaching, he spent nearly ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and was a nominee for the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award in 2004. Capers practiced law with the firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Willkie Farr & Gallagher and clerked for the Hon. John S. Martin, Jr. of the Southern District of New York.  He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded the Class of 1983 Prize, and of Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Capers has thrice been voted Teacher of the Year, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and is the Director of Research for the Criminal Justice Reform Monitoring Committee of the Uniform Law Commission.  He has served as a member or Chair of several AALS committees, and was twice appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on judicial screening committees. Capers also served as Chair the Academic Advisory Council to assist in implementing the remedial order in the stop-and-frisk class action Floyd v. City of New York, and as a Commissioner to the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board.


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Hayley Kaplan is the Senior Manager of Finance & Grants at the Policing Project. Prior to joining the team, Kaplan oversaw operations, finance, fundraising, events, and communications for the nonprofit think tank Center for an Urban Future. Kaplan also worked as General Manager at City & State magazine and as Business Development Associate at Hundred Stories PR. A journalist by trade, Kaplan was a reporter and freelancer at The Real Deal, the Hollywood Reporter, and The Deal. She's a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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