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
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Selected Appearances

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

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

HLS in the World | Women Leadership in Law and Beyond,” Harvard Law School Bicentennial Panel, November 17, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback: A Panel Discussion on Environmental and Financial Regulatory Reform,” Harvard Kennedy School, Regulatory Policy Seminar, Oct. 19, 2017

From Obama to Trump: Implications for Climate and Energy,” HLX Open Lecture to 400 alumni, April 25, 2017

The Limits of Executive Power: The Obama-Trump Transition,” 2017 Roscoe Pound Lecture, University of Nebraska, March 10, 2017

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

Trump removes ‘climate change’ from the White House website. History tells us regulatory change will take longer.” PRI podcast, Jan. 20, 2017

Climate Cast: Renewable energy under Trump,” Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 5, 2017

What Will Trump’s Cabinet Picks Mean for the Environment?” Wharton School of Business, Dec. 20, 2016

Clean Power Plan Legal Analysis with Richard Lazarus, E&E TV, Sep. 28, 2016

Interview with Monica Trauzzi, post-CPP Oral Argument, Sep. 27, 2016

“Has the EPA Gone Overboard?” IQ2 Debate arguing against the proposition, Washington D.C., Sep. 7, 2016. Videos:


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

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

Clean Power Plan Legal Analysis with Jody Freeman, E&E TV, Sep. 28, 2016

Environmental Lawlessness,” Chair Lecture, Harvard Law School, April 2013


Joseph Goffman

Joseph Goffman is Executive Director of the Environmental & Energy Law Program. Prior to his recent role as Democratic Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate/Senior Counsel to the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His EPA tenure included work on the Clean Power Plan, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, the Oil and Gas New Source Performance Standards, and related air quality and climate change rules. During an earlier stint at EPW, he authored Title IV of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, pioneering the use of cap and trade in the program that tackled acid rain. His career also includes senior legal, policy and management positions at the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Selected Appearances

Scuttling the Craft: A Progress Report on Deconstructing the Expert State,” Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government talk, April 5, 2018

“Legal Aspects of Climate Change,” Advanced Leadership Initiative’s (ALI) Climate Change Deep Dive, Feb. 22-23, 2018


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 V. Vizcarra is 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. One of her current research topics involves the legal issues around the integration of climate-risk into corporate disclosures. Before joining Harvard’s EELP in June 2018, Hana spent over seven years practicing law in the Washington D.C. offices of Beveridge & Diamond and Vinson & Elkins. In private practice she represented clients in complex environmental litigation, counseled on environmental compliance and regulation, and advised on environmental aspects of transactions. Hana’s work often involved the intersection of energy and environmental law. Before becoming an attorney, Hana spent seven years working in political research and communications. Hana received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Pomona College in California.

Selected Appearances

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


Caitlin McCoy

Caitlin McCoy is the Climate, Clean Air, & Energy Fellow for the Environmental & Energy Law Program. Before joining EELP, Caitlin was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and the Environmental Program Fellow at The George Washington University Law School, where she taught classes on environmental law to undergraduate, graduate, and law students. She previously served as Legal Director of The Center for Coalfield Justice, where she worked on environmental justice, coal mining, and shale gas drilling issues in southwestern Pennsylvania. Caitlin earned her LL.M. in International Environmental Law with highest honors from George Washington Law, her J.D., cum laude, from Washington University School of Law, and her B.A. with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley.


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 Assistant 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.