jim freeman, founder & executive director

Jim Freeman has 15 years of experience as a "movement lawyer" working in support of communities of color to create systemic change and support the creation of powerful social movements. He has assisted dozens of local, state, and national grassroots campaigns to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, address mass incarceration and criminalization, defend voting rights, promote educational equity, protect immigrants’ rights, and eliminate health disparities. 

Freeman was formerly a Senior Attorney at Advancement Project, where he directed the Ending the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Track project. He served under President Obama as a Commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Freeman has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is a former Skadden Fellow and Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. Freeman is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, and was a Senior Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for Judge James R. Browning on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.