James I. Farr Presidential Chair and former Dean, College of Law
University of Utah
Phone: (801) 581-6571
Research Interests & Background:
As a scholar, Professor Adler urges a broader, more holistic approach to the restoration and protection of aquatic and other ecosystems than is used in traditional environmental laws alone, which focus on discrete kinds of environmental harm. He also explores the many ways in which environmental law and water law will have to respond to a rapidly changing climate. After completing a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Adler practiced environmental law for 15 years.
Selected Colorado River Presentations
“Hawaii’s ‘Groundwater Conduit’ Interpretation: A New Era for the CWA?” University of Colorado. Boulder, CO; June 7, 2018. https://www.getches-wilkinsoncenter.cu.law/2018/06/08/2018-gwc-summer-conference/.
“Tying it all Together” (panelist) at the conference “Fighting Back on the Colorado River: Carving out Progress on Multiple Fronts.” Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, University of Colorado. Boulder, CO; June 9, 2017.
“Adapting to Climate-Induced Water Scarcity” at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute. Alberta, Canada; June 2, 2017.
“Who Should be at the Table and What Should They Be Talking About?” University of Colorado Law School, Navigating the Future of the Colorado River Basin. Boulder, CO; June 10, 2011.
“Colorado River Restoration in a Changing Climate.” Moab River Rendezvous. Moab Utah; November 11, 2010.
“Arizona v. California: The Past, Present and Future of the Colorado River Compact.” University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Snell & Wilmer, and the Constitutional Law Section of the Utah Bar. Salt Lake City, UT; October, 2007.
“An Ecosystem Perspective on Collaboration.” University of Nevada, Boyd School of Law and Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, Collaboration and the Colorado River. Las Vegas, NV; October, 2007.