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Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program. She is a leading scholar of both administrative law and environmental law, and has written extensively about climate change, environmental regulation and executive power. Professor Freeman is the second-most cited scholar in public law across the nation.

Professor Freeman's latest book, Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (co-edited with Michael Gerrard), was published in 2015, and her article, “The Uncomfortable Convergence of Energy and Environmental Law,” appeared in the Harvard Environmental Law Review in 2017. She is widely published in leading American law reviews and co-authors a leading casebook in administrative law. Professor Freeman has produced several other books on topics ranging from market mechanisms of environmental regulation to privatization of government functions. A volume of her administrative law articles was published in Chinese in 2010. 

Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10, where she was the architect of the president’s historic agreement with the auto industry to double fuel efficiency standards, which launched the administration’s greenhouse gas program under the Clean Air Act. While in the White House, she also contributed to a host of initiatives on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy and oil and gas drilling, as well as the administration’s effort to pass legislation placing a market-based cap on carbon. After leaving the administration, she served as an independent consultant to the President's bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

For several years, Professor Freeman served as a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process. In 2011, she was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. 

In addition to her duties at Harvard Law School, Professor Freeman is an independent director of ConocoPhillips, where she chairs the Public Policy Committee and serves on the Directors’ Affairs and Executive committees. In 2018, she was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute, which advises the electricity sector on technology gaps and broader social needs that can be addressed through pioneering research. She lectures widely at home and abroad, and consults regularly for government and non-governmental parties.

Professor Freeman can be heard regularly on NPR, and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street JournalGuardian, Los Angeles TimesPolitico, Vox and Foreign Affairs.

 
 

Positions & Roles

2018-present
Member, Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute

2012-present
Board of Directors, ConocoPhillips
Chair, Public Policy Committee
Member, Directors’ Affairs and Executive committees

2011-present
Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers

2011-present
Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

2006-present
Founder, Director of Environmental and Energy Law Program, Harvard Law School

2011-2014
Public Member, Administrative Conference
of the United States; Chair, Collaborative Governance Committee

2010
Independent Consultant, President Obama’s bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling


Education

S.J.D. Law — Harvard Law School, 1995
(Doctor of Juridical Science)

LL.M. Law — Harvard Law School, 1991
(Masters of Law)

LL.B. Law — University of Toronto, 1989 (Bachelor of Law)

B.A. — Stanford University, 1985
(Bachelor of Arts)


Work

Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 2005-present

White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change, 2009-2010

Professor of Law, UCLA, 1995-2005