jim freeman, founder & executive director

Jim Freeman has well over a decade of experience as a “movement lawyer” assisting dozens of local, state, and national grassroots campaigns to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, address mass incarceration and criminalization, protect voting rights, promote educational equity, protect immigrants’ rights, and address health disparities. 

Freeman was formerly a Senior Attorney at Advancement Project, where he directed the Ending the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Track project. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, and was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Freeman is a former Skadden Fellow, Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School, and Commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He has taught courses on movement lawyering at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and is one of the co-creators of the national Movement Lawyering Bootcamp. Freeman has published dozens of reports and articles on a variety of racial justice issues and the practice of movement lawyering.