Our Staff

friedman_barry_001Barry 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 forthcoming 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.

Maria Ponomarenko

Maria Ponomarenko ’14 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).

Farhang Heydari

Farhang Heydari is a Deputy Director of the Policing Project. Prior to joining the Policing Project, Heydari was a Cochran fellow and then an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a civil rights law firm with a national practice. At NSB, Heydari focused on representing individuals who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes and other 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 has been a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School since 2015, working primarily with the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic, the same clinic that Heydari was a part of as a law student. Heydari is a 2011 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review and the director of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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.

Brian Chen

Brian Chen is a Senior Program Manager of the Policing Project. 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.

Matthew Barge

Matthew Barge is a Consultant for the Policing Project.  He is also Co-Executive Director of the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), a non-profit organization based in New York City that advances effective and accountable policing.  Mr. Barge is the federal court-appointed monitor of a consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and City of Cleveland addressing the Cleveland Division of Police.  The decree addresses use of force, community policing, discriminatory policing, and other operational issues.  He also serves as lead police practices expert for a settlement between the ACLU and City of Chicago addressing stop and frisk issues.  Mr. Barge has previously served as the Deputy Monitor of a consent decree between the United States and City of Seattle, which addressed use of force and discriminatory policing issues.  A lawyer, Mr. Barge was a litigator specializing in mass torts and complex litigation at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan in New York.  He is a graduate of N.Y.U. School of Law and Georgetown University.

Katie Kinsey

Katie Kinsey is a Program Manager for the Policing Project. Before joining the Policing Project, Kinsey clerked for the Honorable Mark P. Lane of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Kinsey graduated cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as a Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review. Prior to law school, Kinsey taught middle school math and special education through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. Kinsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Master’s of Science in Special Education from Brooklyn College.

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Rosemary Nidiry is a Consultant for the Policing Project.  She has extensive experience in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, including a long career as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal matters.  She was also a Director of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where she worked on a number of criminal justice policy reform issues, including overseeing the policing and forensics portfolios.  From 2009 to 2011, she served on the staff of the President’s Special Task Force on Detainee Disposition and later as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was involved in a number of different national security and counter-terrorism policy initiatives.  She also was a senior investigator for an international investigation commission, established by the UN Security Council, to conduct the initial phases of an inquiry into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon.  Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office in 2001, she was an Attorney-Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department.  Nidiry clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson of the US District Court in Manhattan and Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School.

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.

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 BA in Art History and Anthropology from NYU College of Arts and Sciences.

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.