William S. Freeman

Senior Counsel
Bill Freeman

Bill Freeman joined the ACLU of Northern California in January 2017. He is involved in cases dealing with a wide range of issues affecting immigration, social justice and freedom of expression.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Bill worked for several years in the Civil Division of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., and then for many years as a litigation partner in the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices of Cooley LLP and Jones Day. At both firms, he was extensively involved in pro bono litigation, most recently on behalf of immigrants seeking asylum. For this work, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto recognized him in 2015 as its Advocate of the Year. 

Bill is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Law Review.