Jody Freeman

Archibald Cox Professor of Law

Director, Environmental Law Program


Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. She is a leading scholar of both administrative law and environmental law. Professor Freeman’s new book, GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S. LAW (co-edited with Michael Gerrard) was published in 2015.

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, launching the administration’s greenhouse gas program under the Clean Air Act. In her role, 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, Freeman served as an independent consultant to the President's bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process, and elected the American College of Environmental Lawyers. In 2012, Professor Freeman was elected as an outside director of ConocoPhillips, where she serves on the public policy and compensation committees. 

Professor Freeman has written for the New York TimesWall Street JournalGuardian Los Angeles Times. Politico and Foreign Affairs.

  • For Professor Freeman's publications available on SSRN, go here.
  • For Professor Freeman’s analysis of the legal defensibility of the President’s Clean Power Plan, go here: Politico; why utilities will benefit from it, here: NYT pieceand its legal and political prospects, here:  Guardian piece. For an extensive interview on the plan’s impact, listen here:  public radio interview (scroll to Freeman segment).
  • To see Professor Freeman and Professor Lazarus discuss the Supreme Court's Environmental Law and Energy Cases from the 2014 and 2015 terms, go here.
  • For an NPR interview on International Climate Negotiation and US-China Deal, go here: Takeaway Piece