Harris Freeman


B.A., University of Florida
J.D., Western New England University School of Law


Upon graduation, Professor Freeman clerked for Federal District Judge Michael A. Ponsor (D. MA). He was an associate at Lesser, Newman, Souweine and Nasser, in Northampton, MA, where he litigated employment, civil rights, and personal injury claims and was subsequently of-counsel with Attorney Wendy Sibbison focusing on appellate litigation and criminal defense. Since 1999, he has been affiliated faculty at the Labor Relations and Research Center, University of Massachusetts, teaching labor and employment law courses. Professor Freeman has also been adjunct faculty in the Soial Thought and Political Economy Program at the University of Massachusetts and in the Government Department at Smith College. By appointment of Governor Deval Patrick, Professor Freeman served from 2009 until 2016 as a member of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, an appellate agency body that oversees public sector labor relations in Massachusetts. Professor Freeman’s writings appear in the Employee Rights and Employment Policy JournalThe Journal of Labor and Society and Labor Notes. He currently sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Labor and Society and previously served on the editorial board of The Second Draft, a publication of the Legal Writing Institute. Professor Freeman has written extensively on precarious employment and has testified three times before U.S. Senate and House committees on issues related to precarious employment and labor law and lectured on this topic at universities in India, China and Hong Kong. He is a founder of the Immigrant Protection Project of Western Massachusetts which from 2107-2020 organized attorneys in western Massachusetts to provide pro bono representation to immigrants in removal proceedings before the immigration courts. He is a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, a member of the Massachusetts Society of Professors (NEA), and a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts. Professor Freeman joined the law school’s faculty in 1999 and teaches courses in legal research and writing as well as labor and employment law.

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Courses Taught

Employment Law

Externship Seminar

Labor and Employment Law

Law and Social Change

Lawyering Skills

Scholarly Works

Book Chapters

Harris Freeman, Strategic Labour Organizing, Law and the Rise of Non-Traditional Forms of Worker Organization, in Privatization And Globalization: Changing Legal Paradigm 191 (Sairam Bhat ed., National Law School of India University 2017).

Harris Freeman, The Commercial Temp Agency, the Union Hiring Hall, and the Contingent Workforce, in Justice On The Job (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research 2006). SSRN

Journal Articles

William C. Newman & Harris Freeman, Brief for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, as Amici Curiae Supporting Plaintiffs-Appellants, Arias-Villano v. Chang & Son Enters., 481 Mass. 625 (2019). Digital Commons

Harris Freeman, Forward—Police Misconduct and Kibbe v. City of Springfield, 40 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 393 (2018). SSRN Digital Commons

Harris Freeman, Book Review: The Supreme Court on Unions: Why Labor Law Is Failing American Workers, 42 Lab. Stud. J., 150 (2017) (reviewing Julius G. Getman, (2016)).

Harris Freeman and Audrey R. Richardson, Amici Brief of Labor Relations and Research Center, U. Mass., Amherst and Massachusetts Wage Campaign, Meshna v. Scrivanos, SJC 11618 (Oct. 20, 2014). SSRN Digital Commons

Harris Freeman & George Gonos, Amicus Brief of Labor Relations and Research Center, U. Mass., Amherst, in Browning-Ferris, NLRB RC-109684 (June 26, 2014). SSRN Digital Commons

Expanding Joint Employer Status: What Does it Mean for Workers and Job Creators?, Hearing on H.R. 13 Before the Subcomm. on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, H. Comm. on Education and the Workforce, 113th Congress (2014) (statement of Professor Harris Freeman). Digital Commons

Harris Freeman & George Gonos, The Challenge of Temporary Work In Twenty-First Century Labor Markets: Flexibility with Fairness for the Low-Wage Temporary Workforce, (Lab. Rels. & Rsch. Ctr. – Univ. of Mass., Amherst, Working Paper 2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Harris Freeman, The First of Thousands? The Long View of Local 1330's Challenge to Management Rights and Plant Closings, 7 Unbound 55 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Harris Freeman, U.S. Labor Rebellions and the Rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), in International Encyclopedia Of Revolution and Protest 3411-15 (Immanual Ness ed., 2009). SSRN Digital Commons

Harris Freeman & George Gonos, Taming the Employment Sharks: The Case for Regulating Profit-Driven Labor Market Intermediaries in High Mobility Labor Markets, 13 Empl. Rts. & Employ. Pol'y J. 285 (2009). SSRN Digital Commons

Harris Freeman, In the Shadow of AntiLabor Law: Organizing and Collective Bargaining 60 Years After Taft-Hartley, 11 Working Usa: J. Labor & Soc'y 1 (2008). SSRN

Harris Freeman, Supervisors of the World Unite! The NLRB Tells Nurses and Professionals Which Side They Are On, (Commentary), 10 Working Usa: J. Labor & Soc'y 133 (2007). SSRN

Harris Freeman, The Blue Eagle at Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights in the American Workplace (Book Review), 8 Working Usa: J. Labor & Soc'y 643 (2005). SSRN

Harris Freeman & George Gonos, Regulating the Employment Sharks: Reconceptualizing the Legal Status of the Commercial Temp Agency, 8 Working Usa: J. Labor & Soc'y 293 (2005). SSRN

Harris Freeman, Associate Editor, Working Usa: J. Labor & Soc'y (2004-2008).

Beth Cohen, Jocelyn Cuffee, Harris Freeman, Jeanne Kaiser & Myra Orlen, Commenting on Student Writing, The Second Draft (The Legal Writing Institute), Nov. 1999, at 2. Digital Commons

Shorter Writings

Harris Freeman, The Right to Strike: It's Not Just for Private Sector Workers, Af-Am Point of View, Nov. 1, 2023, at 23.

Harris Freeman, A Real Thanksgiving Would Consider the Fairness for Farmworkers Act, Af-Am Point of View, Nov. 1, 2022, at 23.

Harris Freeman, Massachusetts Fair Housing Center Challenges the HUD Rule and Wins!, Af-Am Point of View, Jan. 1, 2021, at 23.

Harris Freeman, Going Local to Fight for Immigrant Rights, Af-Am Point of View, Apr. 1, 2019, at 23.

Harris Freeman & George Gonos, Temp Organizing Gets Big Boost from NLRB, Labor Notes (Aug. 23, 2016). SSRN Digital Commons