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 the 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).

Rosemary NidiryRosemary Nidiry

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.

berenyi_aliciaAlicia Berenyi

Alicia Berenyi is a 2016 – 2017 fellow with the Policing Project. She graduated with a JD from NYU Law in 2016, where she was part of the inaugural class of Policing Project externs, interned for the United States Attorneys Office in the Southern District of NY, and served as competitions executive editor of the NYU Moot Court Board. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a BA in urban studies and economics, with honors. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal for three years in the criminal enforcement program of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.

onyekweli_nonnyNonny Onyekweli

Nonny Onyekweli is a 2016 – 2017 fellow with the Policing Project. She graduated with a J.D. from NYU Law in 2016, where she was part of the inaugural class of Policing Project externs. While in law school, she worked for McDermott Will & Emery and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Additionally, she interned in the Immigration Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society and for the Ashoka Youth Venture Program. Nonny received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2012. Prior to law school, she assisted detained immigrants through the Capitol Area Immigrants Rights Coalition.

Claire Duleba

Claire Duleba is the administrator of the Policing Project and assistant to Professor Barry Friedman. 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.