• Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics
  • Distinguished Prof Emeritus, College Of Law


  • J.D., Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Ecology, Johns Hopkins University


Robert W. Adler is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. He recently stepped down after a six-year term as the Jefferson B. and Rita E. Fordham Dean. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law and water law. His books include Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2017, with Craig and Hall); Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press, 2013, second edition 2018, with Craig and Hall); Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity (2007); Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (with Driesen, 2007 and Driesen and Engel, second edition 2011, third edition 2016); and The Clean Water Act: Twenty Years Later (with Landman and Cameron, 1993). He has also written dozens of articles on various aspects of domestic and international environmental and water law and policy. Before coming to the College of Law in 1994, he practiced environmental law for 15 years at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Trustees for Alaska, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.