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, 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

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 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 of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches environmental law, natural resources Law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts. 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 13 of those cases. His primary areas of legal scholarship are environmental and natural resources law, with particular emphasis on constitutional law and the Supreme Court.

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

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


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.


Hana Veselka Vizcarra

Hana Vizcarra is a staff attorney at Harvard Law School’s Environmental & Energy Law Program where she leads EELP’s portfolio on private sector approaches to climate and environmental issues. She analyzes environmental regulatory developments, has written on the integration of climate-risk into corporate disclosures and financial risk management, and is developing the organization’s project on sea level rise. Before joining EELP in 2018, Hana practiced environmental law for over seven years with two national law firms. She handled complex environmental litigation, counseled on environmental compliance and regulation, and advised on environmental aspects of transactions. Hana previously worked in political research and communications for seven years. Hana received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010 and B.A. from Pomona College in California in 2003.

Selected Appearances

Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and the Environmental Agenda” panel at Federalist Society’s Ninth Annual Executive Branch Review Week, May 20, 2021. Hana joined former EPA GC Matt Leopold, Nadira Clarke of Baker Botts, and Tony Francois of the Pacific Legal Foundation. 

Pomona College Trustee Talks: Pathways to Careers in Sustainability” a career panel for current Pomona students and recent graduates, April 22, 2021.

Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting” hosted by UNITAR and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, April 15, 2021.

Guest presenter for “Disclosure, Materiality, and Systematic Risks” class session of Prof. Madison Condon’s BU Law class, “Climate Risk and Financial Institutions: Submerging Markets,” on March 23, 2021.

American Law Institute-CLE Environmental Law 2021 conference, Feb. 26, 2021, panelist on “Climate Change: The Latest Trends and Developments” discussing the New Era in Climate-Related Disclosure and Financial Risk Management in the U.S.

Environmental Regulation & Enforcement in Transition” presentation for the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment, January 26, 2021.

American Bar Association SEER Fall Conference, Oct. 23, 2020, panelist on the “Navigating the Changing Climate of Corporate Reporting” panel.

Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Climate Summit 2020, Oct. 7, 2020, presentation titled “Regulating climate: Developments in financial and environmental regulation.”

American Bar Association 2020 Annual Meeting, July 30, 2020, panelist on CLE Showcase panel “Climate Change and the Legal Profession: Beyond ‘Environmental Law’.

Virginia Environmental Law Journal Symposium, Nov. 14, 2019, participated in a panel titled “The Link Between Climate Change and Business.”

Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Symposium, Nov. 8, 2019, presented on the reasonable investor’s changing expectations for climate-related information in corporate disclosures.

Corporations and Climate Change: How Businesses are Changing the Environmental Landscape,” Vermont Law Review Annual Symposium, Sept. 14, 2018.


Hannah Perls

Hannah Perls is the current 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.


Kathy Curley

Kathy Curley is the program administrator for the Environmental & Energy Law Program. Kathy has worked at the program since 2006. She holds a B.S. in Public Finance from University of Massachusetts. Kathy has been a faculty assistant to numerous professors throughout her career at Harvard Law School.


Kyra Davies

Kyra Davies is the Communications Coordinator for the Environmental & Energy Law Program. She comes to EELP from the Harvard Department of Sociology, where she supported Professor Matthew Desmond and managed an NHS grant studying global urbanization, poverty, and housing. Previously, she spent time as a Faculty Support Liaison at HLS, and has also worked in marketing, development, and arts administration. Kyra holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University.


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.


Guest Fellows

Cynthia Giles

Cynthia Giles is a Guest Fellow at the Environmental & Energy Law Program. Cynthia served as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance for the entire Obama Presidency. She has more than 30 years of service in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia, she prosecuted civil violators of environmental laws. She led the water protection program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, served as the Director of Enforcement Coordination for EPA Region 3, and was the Director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Advocacy Center in Rhode Island. After the Obama administration, Giles was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Selected Appearances

Guest Author SeriesNext Generation Compliance: Environmental Regulation for the Modern Era is Cynthia’s ongoing series that reveals the widespread noncompliance with environmental rules and the paradigm shift necessary to turn that around.

CleanLaw Podcast – Cynthia speaks with Joe Goffman about the Trump EPA’s enforcement policies, including a recent initiative focusing on the oil and gas industry, and the impact they have on air quality and public health.


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.