Christian M. Freitag

Christian M. Freitag

Clinical Associate Professor of Law; Director, Conservation Law Clinic; President and Executive Director, Conservation Law Center

  • BA, Northwestern University 1994
  • JD, Indiana University Maurer School of Law 1997
  • PhD, Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs 2010

Christian Freitag joined Conservation Law Center in 2019 as its second executive director, replacing founder and longtime director W. William Weeks III. For the previous 18 years, he served as executive director of Sycamore Land Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization in Southern Indiana.

Freitag graduated from the Maurer School of Law in 1997 and clerked from 1997–1999 for former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. He received his PhD from IU's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2010, where his research focused on the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act on public agencies including the US Forest Service. The topic of his dissertation was "An Institutional Analysis of the National Environmental Policy Act in the United States Forest Service."

Freitag received the Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2007 from Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. He lives in the beautiful, unglaciated hardwood forests of Southern Indiana with his wife, Paige, and two Labrador retrievers.

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Conservation
  • Land and property
  • Wills, trusts, and estates
  • Philanthropy
  • Non-profit businesses
  • Wildlife and endangered species
  • Habitat protection
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy