Beginning July, 2013, Professor Adler agreed to serve a two-year term as Interim Dean, following the recent departure of former Dean Hiram Chodosh to become President of Claremont McKenna College. Dean Adler is overseeing construction of the College of Law's astonishing new law school building, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, and pursuing the Building Justice capital campaign to help ensure that we can continue to provide a superb legal education for our students at an affordable cost. He is also dedicated to continuing the College's recent history of curricular reform-particularly in ways that improve real world learning opportunities and skills training for its students-to meet the needs of the next generation of lawyers.
As the James I. Farr Chair in Law, Professor Adler's goal is "to stimulate more interdisciplinary work in this increasingly global world ... [and] to prepare students for that world in an environment that changes almost continuously, and which demands skills that go far beyond what has been traditionally taught in law schools." 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. He has published dozens of articles and reports in law, policy, and science journals. He has published two books with Island Press, one on the history and impact of the Clean Water Act and the other on restoring Colorado River ecosystems. He also published an environmental law casebook with Aspen Publishers, co-authored with David Driesen and Kirsten Engel and now in its second edition, and recently published a water law casebook with Professor Robin Craig (also on the Quinney law faculty) and Professor Noah Hall from Wayne State. Professor Adler regularly teaches courses in environmental law and water law. He loves to spend time in Utah's outdoors, and has completed the Wasatch 100 and Bear 100 trail races through Utah's beautiful mountains.