Furman Academic Program

Faculty Director, Fellows, and Staff

Faculty Director

Professor Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman 
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics

Barry Friedman is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and Unwarranted: Policing without Permission (2017). Friedman is the founding director of NYU Law’s Policing Project, and the reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Law: Policing. He publishes regularly in the nation’s leading academic journals, in the fields of law, politics, and history; his work also appears frequently in the popular press, including the New York TimesSlate, the Los Angeles TimesPolitico, and the New Republic. Friedman has served as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts, and has had a long involvement with social change issues. In addition to his conventional courses in Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure, Friedman teaches seminars in policing, and a new course entitled Judicial Decisionmaking that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. He and a set of co-authors from law and the social sciences are writing a course book for the Judicial Decisionmaking course. Friedman is also the author of Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, and talks frequently on the subject. 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. 

Current Fellows

Mala Chatterjee Portrait

Mala Chatterjee '18

Mala is a joint-JD/PhD in Philosophy candidate at NYU, a fellow at NYU School of Law's Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, and a visiting fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. She received her JD summa cum laude in 2018, and was a Furman Academic Scholar and Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review. She earned the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for outstanding academic achievement and scholarship, the John Bruce Moore Award for highest excellence in Law & Philosophy, and the Bradley Fellowship for scholarly work in Free Speech. She was a Pomeroy Scholar and a Butler Scholar (awarded to the top 10 students after 1L and 2L respectively), and elected to the Order of the Coif. Mala also clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert D. Sack for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the 2019-2020 term, and was a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Durie Tangri LLP.  Her research interests, both legally and philosophically, concern information. In particular, Mala explores the philosophical questions - both normative and conceptual in nature - surrounding the legal systems that structure our relationships with and rights in information, broadly construed: including intellectual property, technology, freedom of speech, and aesthetics. Mala is writing a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of intellectual property under the supervision of Liam Murphy, Jeremy Waldron, and Sam Scheffler, and her other work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Analysis, in the Columbia Law Review, and in the NYU Law Review. Mala received her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2014. 

Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld Portrait

Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld '14

Jack graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where he was a Notes Editor of the NYU Law Review. Upon graduation, Jack clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Edgardo Ramos of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Both prior to and after clerking, he was associated with two prominent law firms in New York City, where he practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. His research focuses on aggregate litigation, bankruptcy, and complex civil procedure. Jack holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Furman Program Administrator

Zachary Stuart

Zachary Stuart

Zachary Stuart is the Administrative Aide for the Furman Scholars Program and the Academic Careers Program at NYU School of Law. Prior to joining the School of Law, he worked at the Long Island City Partnership, an Economic Development Organization in Queens, New York. Zachary graduated from New York University in the Class of 2019 with a B.A. in History.



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