Faculty Biography

Jody Freeman

Visiting Professor of Law
Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law

  • SJD 1995, Harvard Law School
  • LLM 1991, Harvard Law School
  • LLB 1989, University of Toronto
  • BA 1985, Stanford University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Freeman teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, and climate and energy law.

Professional Experience

Freeman was a deputy and counselor for the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change from 2009 to 2010, contributing to a variety of policy initiatives on greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation to put a market-based cap on carbon. She is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, which she joined in 2005, and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. From 1995 to 2005, she was a professor of law at UCLA School of Law, where she co-founded the Environmental Law Program.

Honors and Affiliations

Freeman has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process. She was elected as an outside director of ConocoPhillips in 2012. She was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2011. She received the annual scholarship award from the American Bar Association's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for the single best article in the nation on administrative law for “The Private Role in Public Governance” in 75 New York University Law Review 543 (2000).

Key Works

Freeman's publications include “Climate Change and U.S. Interests” in 109 Columbia Law Review 1531 (with Guzman) (2009); “Timing and Form of Federal Regulation: The Case of Climate Change” in 155 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1499 (with DeShazo) (2007); “Modular Environmental Regulation” in 54 Duke Law Review 795 (with Farber) (2005); and “Extending Public Law Norms Through Privatization” in 116 Harvard Law Review 1285 (2003). She is the co-author of a leading casebook in environmental law, and has produced two other significant books: Moving to Markets in Environmental Regulation, Lessons after Twenty Years of Experience (edited with Kolstad) (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy (edited with Minow) (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Spring 2014 Classes

Back to Visiting Faculty Listing