Prof. Jonathan H. Adler

Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law. Professor Adler is the author or editor of four books on environmental policy and over a dozen book chapters. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professor Adler is a Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy” ( A 2007 study identified Professor Adler as the most cited legal academic in environmental law under age 40, and his recent article, “Money or Nothing: The Adverse Environmental Consequences of Uncompensated Law Use Controls,” published in the Boston College Law Review, was selected as one of the ten best articles in land use and environmental law in 2008.

In 2004, Professor Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Professor Adler their annual "Distinguished Teacher Award." Professor Adler serves on the academic advisory board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, and the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter and ELI Press Advisory Board. A regular commentator on environmental and legal issues, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, ranging from the PBS "Newshour with Jim Lehrer" and NPR's "Talk of the Nation" to the Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" and "Entertainment Tonight."

Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western, Professor Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Professor Adler worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed CEI's environmental studies program. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and a J.D. summa cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.

  • B.A. 1991 (Yale University)
  • J.D. 2000 (George Mason)

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Upcoming Events
17th Annual Faculty Conference
Faculty Division
January 03, 2015
Publications and Multimedia
Without Standing, Are We All Sitting Ducks? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Supreme Court October Term 2014 Preview - Podcast
Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Podcast
October 07, 2014
Federal Health Care Exchanges Not Eligible for Subsidies: Halbig v. Burwell - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
July 22, 2014
Policy without Process? - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Halbig v. Sebelius - The Next Threat to Obamacare? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
April 16, 2014
Marijuana and the States: How Should Federalism Principles Inform the Federal Government’s Response to State Marijuana Initiatives? - Event Audio/Video
Sponsored by the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society
December 05, 2013
Is EPA's NAAQS Process Inexorably Monotonic? - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights and Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Groups Podcast
September 09, 2013
The Court Decides: The Prop 8 and DOMA Cases - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group and Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
August 02, 2013
Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-8-13 featuring Carrie Severino and Jonathan Adler
July 08, 2013
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 14, 2013
City of Arlington - How much Deference? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
June 13, 2013
Conservative Principles for Environmental Reform - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
June 04, 2013
Federalism and Interstate Competition - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act
New Federal Initiatives Project
January 14, 2011
Regulation by Litigation: Boon or Bane? - Event Audio
Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Administrative Law Practice Group, and Litigation Practice Group
March 17, 2009
A Conversation on Climate Change Policy: A Look Ahead at 2009 - Event Audio
Nashville Lawyers Chapter & Environmental Law Practice Group
February 19, 2009
The Road Ahead for Climate Change Regulation - Event Audio/Video
11th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2009
The Policy Implications of the Reaction to Climate Change - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
Health Care and the Environment - Event Audio/Video
The Future of Federalism
September 12, 2008
Supreme Court Term
Online Debate
June 27, 2008
Abigail Alliance v. von Eschenbach
Online Debate
October 29, 2007
Scheme Liability under Section 10(b) - Event Video
Scheme Liability, Section 10(b), and Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific Atlanta
October 05, 2007
Should Federal Wetlands Regulation Give Way to State and Private Initiatives?
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 1999
October 01, 1999
Colloquium: The Future of Environmental Reform
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 1996
December 01, 1996