Center on Law and Security Fellows

Current CLS Fellows

Weinstein Family Distinguished Fellow: The Honorable Dorit Beinisch, President (ret.), the Supreme Court of Israel 

The Honorable Dorit Beinisch, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court, is the Weinstein Family Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security, and served as the Center's Senior Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dorit Beinisch served as the President of the Supreme Court of Israel from 2006-2012 and as Justice of the Supreme Court since December 1995. Before joining the Supreme Court Justice Beinisch served in the Israeli Ministry of Justice for 28 years holding different positions in the criminal law and Constitutional and Administrative Law divisions. Her last role in the Ministry of Justice was the State Attorney of Israel in charge of all state litigation in courts. Throughout her public service, Beinisch represented the state of Israel in major cases before the Supreme Court. President Beinisch received her legal education (LL.B. and LL.M. summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Distinguished Senior Fellow: Rajesh De

Rajesh De is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, focusing on cyber governance. Raj is also a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and leads the firm’s global Privacy & Security practice. Most recently, Raj served as General Counsel for the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to his service at the NSA, Raj served in the White House as Staff Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States. Raj started his career at DOJ, where he was a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division under the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

Raj has also had significant congressional experience over the course of his career. He served as Counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) and afterwards as Counsel to a special bipartisan staff of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Earlier in his career, Raj clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California. Raj graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Senior Fellow: Michael Farbiarz

Michael Farbiarz
is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Law and Security, and at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law.  He served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than ten years, and, from 2009 to 2014, he supervised the country's pre-eminent team of national security prosecutors, as the Co-Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.  Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Farbiarz worked at a New York law firm and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit (for Judge Jose Cabranes) and in the Southern District of New York (for Chief Judge Michael Mukasey).  Mr. Farbiarz received his law degree from Yale in 1999, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1995.

Senior Fellow: Judith H. Germano

Judith H. Germano is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, focusing on cutting-edge cybersecurity and privacy issues and leading the Center on Law & Security’s cybersecurity task force of corporate executives and senior government officials.  Judith also is the founding member of GermanoLawLLC, advising Fortune 50 and other companies, entities and individuals, on privacy, cybersecurity, securities fraud and other complex white-collar criminal and regulatory-compliance matters.  She has counseled organizations on matters of corporate governance, internal investigations, and crisis management. 

Judith previously was Chief of Economic Crimes at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.  A federal prosecutor for 11 years, Judith supervised and prosecuted complex criminal cases of national and international impact, involving cybercrime, securities and other financial fraud, corruption and national security.  Judith also worked at Shearman & Sterling, and served as a law clerk to federal judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.  Judith received her J.D. degree, with honors and a full academic scholarship, from St. John’s University School of Law, and received her B.S. degree from Cornell University. 

Judith lectures nationally and internationally on issues related to cybersecurity, privacy, financial fraud, private and public-sector corruption (including FCPA), ethics, and national security.

  Adjunct Senior Fellow: Michael Hanna

Michael Hanna is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, focusing on Middle East politics. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York, where his work focuses on international security, international law, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia.  He served most recently as Director of Century’s International Working Group on Pakistan, chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering.

Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Michael was a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute.  From 1999 to 2004, he practiced corporate law with the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  Fluent in Arabic, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University. He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

  Distinguished Senior Fellow: Randal Milch

Randal Milch is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law and the NYU Center for Cyber Security, focusing on cyber governance. He was most recently executive vice president and strategic policy adviser to Verizon’s chairman and CEO. He served as the company’s general counsel from 2008 to 2014, and before that was general counsel of several business divisions within Verizon. At Verizon,  Milch chaired the Verizon Executive Security Council, which was responsible for information security across all Verizon entities.  Milch was responsible for national security matters at Verizon beginning in 2006, and has served as the senior cleared executive at Verizon.  Earlier in his career, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. He clerked for Clement F. Haynsworth Jr., chief judge emeritus of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Milch holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University.

  Senior Fellow: Matthew Spence

Dr. Matthew Spence is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Security, a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for International Affairs and a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. he was previously a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he focused on technology and security investment banking.

From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Spence served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. policy towards the Middle East. He was responsible for fourteen countries, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf states.  During his time at the Pentagon, Dr. Spence traveled to the region over 30 times, and played a central role in U.S.-Israel military planning, the Iron Dome program, arms sales, and policy dialogues about Iran, Syria, Egypt, and the Middle East Peace Process.

Dr. Spence also served in a senior role on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s confirmation and transition team.  He received the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service.

From 2009 to 20012, Dr. Spence worked at the White House on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs and as Senior Advisor to two National Security Advisors. He also served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Dr. Spence is the co-founder of the Truman National Security Project, was a Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford University, and has been widely published in national security and foreign policy, including in the Yale Law Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Trained as a lawyer, Dr. Spence also practiced criminal and international law in California, and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Marshall Scholar and Truman Scholar, Dr. Spence received his doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University; J.D. from Yale Law School; and B.A. and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. He was born and raised in Southern California.

 Former CLS Fellows
Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan served as a Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, focusing on comparative intelligence oversight.  For the past five years, Richard has served as an attorney in the U.S. Intelligence Community, focusing on litigation, oversight, and operational law.  An officer in the United States Navy, Richard served as a Rule of Law advisor in Ramadi, Iraq from 2008-2009. Richard clerked for Chief Judge James E. Baker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  He holds a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, and a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Hertford College of Oxford University.  Richard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics & Government from University of Hartford, and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School.

Andrew Weissmann

Andrew Weissmann
 served as a Senior Fellow to both the Center for Law and Security and the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law.  Weissmann served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2011 to 2013.  He previously served as special counsel to FBI Director Mueller in 2005, after which he was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP in New York City until 2011.   From 1991-2006, Weissmann was a federal prosecutor.  From 2002-2005, he was on the Enron Task Force in Washington D.C. and served as its Director, participating in and supervising the prosecution of more than 30 individuals in connection with the company’s collapse.  Prior to joining the task force, Weissmann served as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the Eastern District of New York. 

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted numerous members of the Colombo, Gambino, and Genovese families, including the bosses of the Colombo and Genovese families.  Mr. Weissmann also has extensive experience in private practice, including winning the largest Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration award in history.  He has taught criminal law and procedure at Fordham Law School and Brooklyn Law School.  He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and was on the managing board of the Columbia Law Review.  He clerked for the Honorable Eugene H. Nickerson.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and attended the University of Geneva on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Randal Milch ’85 is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, focusing on cyber governance. He was most recently executive vice president and strategic policy adviser to Verizon’s chairman and CEO.  He served as the company’s general counsel from 2008 to 2014, and before that was general counsel of several business divisions within Verizon.  Earlier in his career, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine.  He clerked for Clement F. Haynsworth Jr., chief judge emeritus of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.