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Gaia Bernstein is the Michael J. Zimmer Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Privacy Protection. Professor Bernstein specializes in privacy law with a particular interest in health and genetic privacy, Internet privacy and European privacy law. She is currently working on a book on technological addiction, which examines the impact of communication through information technologies, such as the Internet, cell phones and social networks, on our happiness and privacy. Professor Bernstein was the Chair of the Section on Privacy and Defamation of the American Association of Law Schools. Read more about Professor Gaia Bersnstein >>

Najarian Peters, Esq., is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Privacy Protection. In 2017 Professor Peters joined the Institute for Privacy Protection and spearheaded the Institute’s programs and developed its structure, including the establishment and maturation of its School Outreach Program. The School Outreach Program is currently functioning in five schools in New Jersey and New York and received national attention in the Washington Post, CBS News, and Common Sense Media. In the spring of 2018, Professor Peters co-founded the Municipal Privacy Task Force which will focus on local governmental privacy issues in New Jersey. Professor Peters is currently developing programs for the Institute focused on government and corporations. Additionally, Professor Peters developed and will be teaching a new course called Blockchain, the Law, and Intellectual Property. Her research agenda focuses on privacy, localism, and compliance. Read more about Jari Peters >>


Brian Sheppard is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean, and he oversees the operations of the Institute for Privacy Protection. Dean Sheppard’s research focuses on the ways in which emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence and natural language processing, will impact the legal ecosystem. He is particularly interested in the possibilities and perils of automated legal decision-making. He is currently working with Professor Peters on an empirical study that examines how broadband access impacts criticism of parental decisions regarding mobile phones. Read more about Dean Brian Sheppard >>.

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