Lara Freed teaches first-year Lawyering and upper-level courses on litigation drafting and client counseling.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, she was a litigator at Bingham McCutchen in Boston, where she represented corporate clients on a variety of matters and handled pro bono cases in the areas of child welfare and prisoners' rights. She later taught legal writing and research courses as an Instructor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Professor Freed joined the Cornell Law faculty in 2009.
Professor Freed is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), and the Fingers Lakes Women’s Bar Association (a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York). She has also served as a delegate for the Association of Legal-Writing Directors and is an Editor of the Monograph Series, an LWI publication.
B.S., Cornell University, 2000
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003
Freed, Lara and Joel Atlas, “Withstanding Scrutiny: Teaching Students to Address Counterarguments Effectively,” 10 Stetson Journal of Advocacy & the Law 41 (2023)
Freed, Lara and Joel Atlas, “Teaching Students to Use Feedback to Improve Their Legal-Writing Skills,” The Second Draft 4 (2019)
Freed, Lara and Joel Atlas, “A Structural Approach to Case Synthesis, Fact Application, and Persuasive Framing of the Law,” Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 50 (2018)
Atlas, Joel, Lara Gelbwasser Freed, John Mollenkamp, Andrea J. Mooney, Ursula Weigold, and Michelle A. Whelan, A Guide to Teaching Lawyering Skills (Carolina Academic Press, 2012)
Freed, Lara “Cooperative Federalism Post-Schaffer: The Burden of Proof and Preemption in Special Education,” Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (2009)