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

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

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

Podcast with Gernot Wagner on climate economics. November, 2019

Remarks at “EPA Turns 50,” the Case Western Reserve University Law Symposium,  October, 2019

Podcast with Kathy Fallon Lambert on increased air pollution under the Affordable Clean Energy rule. October, 2019

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 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. One of her current research topics involves the legal issues around the integration of climate-risk into corporate disclosures and financial risk management. Before joining EELP in 2018, Hana practiced law for over seven years in Washington D.C. with 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. Before becoming an attorney, Hana worked in political research and communications for seven years. Hana received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Pomona College in California.

Selected Appearances

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.

Caitlin McCoy

Caitlin McCoy is a staff attorney with 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.

Selected Appearances

Presentation at the New Directions in Environmental Law 2020 Conference on panel, “Cities and Emissions Mitigation: From the Paris Climate Agreement to the Green New Deal.” Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. February 2020.

Podcast with Joe Goffman about EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s final rule that preempts California’s greenhouse gas standards and withdraws California’s Clean Air Act waiver. September 2019.

Podcast with Eric Lipton, Pulitzer-winning New York Times investigative reporter, about environmental and public health impacts of the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda in four communities across the country. January 2019.

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 Specialist 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.

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 enjoys community dinners and dancing salsa (poorly), ideally at the same time.

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.