Furman Academic Program

Faculty Directors, Fellows, and Staff

Faculty Directors

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. 


Emma Kaufman

Emma Kaufman
Professor of Law

Emma Kaufman teaches and writes about criminal law, constitutional law, and the administrative state. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed academic journals and leading law reviews, including the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. Her book, Punish and Expel: Border Control, Nationalism, and the New Purpose of the Prison (Oxford University Press), drew on a year of ethnographic research inside men’s prisons to offer a new account of the relationship between punishment and immigration enforcement. In 2022, she received the law school’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kaufman graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College. She then received a J.D. from Yale Law School and a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. After law school, she clerked for Judge Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York and Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kaufman joined NYU from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Bigelow Fellow.


Current Fellows

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Lucas Daniel Cuatrecasas '21

Lucas Daniel Cuatrecasas is a Furman Fellow at NYU Law, where he studies the laws governing intangible assets in the global economy. His writing addresses issues of wealth inequality, consumer welfare, and innovation policy across legal areas, including intellectual property law, corporate law, and international law.

Before joining NYU, he handled mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property matters as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in New York City.

He received a JD from NYU, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, where he was a Furman Academic Scholar, Institute for International Law & Justice Joyce Lowinson Scholar, and recipient of the Jerome Lipper Prize for outstanding work in the field of international law and the Edmond Cahn Award for an outstanding contribution to the NYU Law Review. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

His work has appeared in the NYU Law Review, the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review, the Fordham Urban Law Journal, the World Trademark Review, Bloomberg Law, and Variety, among other places. He also writes about art, literature, and numbers at nycdna.substack.com.


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Hannah Walser '24

Hannah is a Furman Fellow at NYU Law whose areas of interest include constitutional law, criminal law, interpretive methodologies, and the intersection of law and the philosophy of mind. Her recent and ongoing projects include articles reconceptualizing “true threats” as speech acts akin to promises; arguing that courts should subject corpus linguistics data to traditional fact-finding procedures; and examining the way that vagrancy, loitering, and other vague conduct offenses have distributed sociocognitive labor unequally within the population.

Hannah received her J.D. from NYU Law, where she was a Furman Academic Scholar, a Florence Allen Scholar, and the recipient of the Robert B. McKay Prize in Constitutional Law. She also served as a research assistant to Professors Emma Kaufman and Melissa Murray, a teaching assistant to Professor Brittany Farr, and a Senior Articles Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Critical Analysis of Law and Modern Criminal Law Review, as well as many peer-reviewed humanities journals.

Hannah holds a PhD in English from Stanford University. Before coming to NYU, she taught students ranging from middle schoolers to undergraduates and spent three years at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her book, Writing the Mind: Social Cognition in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction, is available from Stanford University Press.


Furman Program Administrator

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Jocelyn Ye

Jocelyn Ye is the Program Administrator for the Furman Scholars Program and the Academic Careers Program at NYU School of Law. Previously, she worked as an office assistant in the Office of Career Services. Jocelyn graduated summa cum laude from New York University in the Class of 2023 with a BA in Psychology.


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