Meet the team

Jody Freeman

Professor Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor at Harvard Law School teaches courses on energy and climate law. A leading expert on administrative law and environmental law, and climate and energy, policy she is the founding director of Harvard Law School’s Environmental & Energy Law Program. Professor Freeman served as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the Obama White House in 2009-2010 and advised the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her most recent book, Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (edited with Mike Gerrard) was published by the American Bar Association in April 2014.

Faculty Profile
Media Articles

Selected Appearances

Listen to Jody’s appearance on the Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program podcast. April 2021

Jody wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about GM’s decision to stop producing gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and become carbon neutral by 2040. February 2021

Jody and host Bobby Bascomb talked on PRX’s Living on Earth radio program about how President Biden’s executive orders have laid the groundwork for strong climate policy and green investment. February 2021

Jody was a guest on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, speaking about President Biden’s climate initiatives. January 2021

Jody appeared on the BBC radio show When Katty Met Carlos to talk about the difficulties President Biden could have getting his climate agenda passed. November 2020

On KCRW, Jody presented a look ahead to what a Biden presidency might mean for climate policy. November 2020

In an article for Vox, Jody predicts what Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation will mean for environmental law and Joe Biden’s climate plan. October 2020

Big Decisions in Administrative Law podcast with Resources for the Future. October 2020

Jody Freeman on the Green New Deal video. September 2020

Harvard University Center for the Environment video on climate policy. March 2020

SCOTUS preview: Jody and Richard Lazarus offered an overview of major takeaways from the Court’s last term, including significant decisions for environmental lawyers, before transitioning to discuss both upcoming term cases and continuing cases. October 2019

NPR interview covering updates on regulatory rollbacks, the automakers’ deal with California, Trump administration attacks on science, and more. July 2019

KCRW interview on the Clean Power Plan repeal and replacement. June 2019

Speaking at the Norwegian Nobel Institute on U.S. Climate and Energy Policy in the Trump Administration and state policy demonstration projects. February 2019

Tips for Law and Life,” Harvard Law School’s Last Lecture Series. May 2018

Richard Lazarus

Richard J. Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches environmental and natural resources law. Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 14 of those cases. He served as the Executive Director of the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill as well as on the Biden Transition Team for the U.S. Justice Department.

Faculty Profile
Media Articles

Selected Appearances

Living on Earth: Steve Curwood interviews Richard about his book The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court.

SCOTUS preview: Richard and Jody Freeman offered an overview of major takeaways from the Court’s last term, including significant decisions for environmental lawyers, before transitioning to discuss both upcoming term cases and continuing cases. October, 2019

Accepting the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at HLS graduation. May, 2019

The Trump Administration’s Rollback of U.S. Climate Policy,” Harvard University Center for the Environment, September 26, 2018 (with Jody Freeman)

Environmental Law in the Trump Administration,” Harvard Environmental Law Program, Jan. 30, 2017 (with Jody Freeman)

Delivered oral arguments defending Wisconsin before the Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin, Spring 2017

Carrie Jenks

As Executive Director of the Environmental & Energy Law Program, Carrie leads the EELP team to identify legally durable strategies to support climate and environmental policies and advance clean energy deployment. With her legal and policy expertise in climate and environmental law, she has worked to build strategic alliances among stakeholders to advance policy solutions. Prior to the Environmental & Energy Law Program, Carrie was an Executive Vice President at M.J. Bradley & Associates where she directed power company coalitions that have played a critical role supporting, and defending in court, air pollution and climate regulations. Before that, Carrie was an Associate at Goodwin Procter and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Harvard University.

Dale Bryk

Dale Bryk is Senior Attorney and Director of our State & Regional Climate Policies work. With over two decades’ experience developing and implementing climate, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation policies, Dale will help states and cities craft policies to deliver a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy. Dale served as New York State’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment from 2019-2020 and oversaw New York’s nation-leading climate agenda and directed the agencies and authorities responsible for developing and implementing the state policies and initiatives needed to build a just and sustainable clean energy economy. Prior to this, Dale served in a variety of positions at the Natural Resources Defense Council, including Chief Planning Officer, Director of Programs, and Director of the Energy & Transportation Program. Dale holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ari Peskoe

Ari Peskoe is Director of the Electricity Law Initiative at the Environmental & Energy Law Program. He has written extensively about electricity regulation, on issues ranging from rooftop solar to constitutional challenges to states’ energy laws. Prior to the Electricity Law Initiative, Ari was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C., where he litigated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Western Energy Crisis. Before that, Ari was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and spent two years trying to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in electrical engineering and business.

Selected Appearances

Is the Utility Transmission Syndicate Forever? EELP White paper, January 2021

Jurisdiction over Distributed Energy Resources, National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys, Nashville, TN, May 5, 2019

Jurisdiction over Distributed Energy Resources, Organization of MISO States, Austin, TX, Oct. 25, 2018

Power Over the U.S. Electric Grid,” Kleinman Center for Energy Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, Nov. 8, 2017

Did Rick Perry Just Propose a Value-of-Coal Tariff? Green Tech Media podcast, Oct. 2, 2017

Hannah Perls

Hannah Perls is an EELP Legal Fellow and a 2020 graduate of Harvard Law School. Before law school, Hannah spent four years as a Program Assistant and then Development Director for Cristosal, a human rights non-profit based in San Salvador, El Salvador dedicated to assisting families internally displaced by state and social violence. Before joining Cristosal, Hannah worked as an Environmental Scientist for an environmental remediation company, specializing in coastal Superfund sites. Hannah received her B.A. with honors in Environmental Science and Sustainable Development from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Alternatives for Community & Environment’s (ACE) environmental justice legal services program, and is a member of the Climigration Network.

Abby Husselbee

Abby Husselbee is an EELP Legal Fellow. Before EELP, Abby spent a year as the Re-entry Policy Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services CORI & Re-entry Project. Abby received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2020 and served as an Executive Editor of the Food & Drug Law Journal during her time at Georgetown. Prior to law school, Abby graduated with a B.S. from Boston College, where she was an active member of the Arts Council and a choreographer with student dance groups.

Robin Just

Robin Just is Director of Outreach and Communications for the Environmental & Energy Law Program. She has been a water regulator for the State of New Mexico and City of Santa Fe, and an environmental consultant on large-scale Superfund and military sites. She also managed ocean program communications for the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. Prior to HLS, Robin was a research associate at the Harvard Business School, where she spent several years investigating the effectiveness of environmental regulations and trends in U.S. energy production. Robin has a B.S. in biology and Master of Water Resources, both from the University of New Mexico. Robin loves to surf, paddleboard, swim, and pretty much any other reason to get in some water.

Sara Burr Levy

Sara Burr Levy is the Communications Associate for the Environmental & Energy Law Program. She joined EELP after a career at a large insight and information organization. Sara worked primarily in the oil and gas power and renewable energy sectors, supporting executives, subject matter experts, commercial teams, and clients. In her last position there she served as a key member of the marketing and communications team for an annual ministerial and c-level energy insight conference. Sara holds a BFA from Syracuse University.

Selena Wallace

Selena Wallace is Program Administrator for the Environmental & Energy Law Program. Prior to EELP, she worked as an Environmental Research Coordinator at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Before working at Harvard, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines working on mangrove habitat restoration and fisheries management. Selena has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University. Selena enjoys knitting, sewing, swimming, and hiking.

Former EELP Fellows

Laura Bloomer

Laura Bloomer was an EELP Legal Fellow from 2019-2020. She is a 2019 graduate of Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, earning a J.D., cum laude, and a Masters in Public Policy. Prior to law school, Laura worked on President Obama’s reelection campaign and taught English in East Java, Indonesia with the Peace Corps. Laura received her B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Laura enjoys learning new languages and is succeeding at inadvertently creating a new, unintelligible language that is a combination of all the languages she once knew.