Stefanie Coyle is the Education Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she focuses on education litigation and advocacy efforts across the state.   

She is a frequent commentator on issues of student privacy and the use of facial recognition technology and has appeared in Vice Magazine, Education Week, The 74, Politico New York, and other local New York publications.

Stefanie has a long track record of serving students, starting in the classroom as a kindergarten teacher in Phoenix, Arizona.  Prior to joining the NYCLU in 2017, she litigated arbitration cases for the New York City Department of Education and worked in-house for a NYC charter school network. Following law school, Stefanie was a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, where she was recognized for her pro bono work challenging New York’s funding scheme for Special Act schools with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.  As a law student, she co-founded the Education Law and Policy Society and served as an editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.

Stefanie is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Council on Children and Committee on Education and the Law, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Diversity.

Stefanie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high distinction from Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College and received her law degree from the University of Michigan with a pro bono service certificate.

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