Jonathan H. Adler

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Jonathan H. Adler

Jonathan H. Adler (born November 3, 1969), is an American legal commentator and law professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He contributes to the widely read weblog "The Volokh Conspiracy", is frequently cited in the American media, and has been recognized as one of the most cited professors in the field of environmental law.[1]


Adler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Friends' Central School before attending Yale University, where he majored in History, graduating magna cum laude in May 1991 with distinction in History. After working several years at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Adler attended law school at the George Mason University School of Law. He was the Articles Editor for the George Mason Law Review from 1998-1999. He graduated summa cum laude in May 2000 as the class valedictorian.[2]

Adler is currently a tenured professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)'s School of Law, teaches courses in environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law. He is Director of the law school's Center for Business Law & Regulation.[3] In 2011, Adler was named the inaugural holder of the Johan Verheij Memorial Professorship at CWRU.[4]

Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to “The Volokh Conspiracy", a popular legal blog founded by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh. He blogged anonymously under the pseudonym "Juan Non-Volokh" at "The Volokh Conspiracy" until May 1, 2006.[5]

Adler serves on the advisory board of the NFIB Legal Foundation, the academic advisory board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and the Environmental Law Reporter and ELI Press Advisory Board of the Environmental Law Institute.[2]

In 2004, 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 Adler their annual "Distinguished Teacher Award."[2]

Adler formerly clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991-2000, he worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed the Institute's environmental studies program, and worked on a wide variety of environmental policy matters.[2]

Adler supported former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson in the 2008 presidential election.[6] In 2012, Adler headed a screening committee appointed by Ohio governor John Kasich to assist him in selecting an appointee to fill an open seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.[7]


In 2001, Adler moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he met his wife, Christina. He currently lives in Ohio, with his wife and two daughters.[2]


  • Ecology, Liberty & Property: A Free Market Environmental Reader, Editor (2000) ISBN 978-1889865027
  • The Costs of Kyoto: Climate Change Policy and Its Implications, Editor (1997), ISBN 978-1889865010
  • Environmentalism at the Crossroads: Green Activism in America (1995), ISBN 978-0865875708


  • Taxation without Representation: The Illegal IRS Rule to Expand Tax Credits under the PPACA (with Michael Cannon), 23 Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine 23 (2013). Digital Commons
  • Eyes on a Climate Prize: Rewarding Energy Innovation to Achieve Climate Stabilization, 35 Harvard Environmental Law Review 1 (2011). Scholarly Commons
  • The Rest Is Silence: Chevron Deference, Agency Jurisdiction, and Statutory Silences (with Nathan Sales), 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 101 (2009). Scholarly Commons
  • Money or Nothing: The Adverse Environmental Consequences of Uncompensated Land-Use Controls, 49 Boston College Law Review 301 (2008). Scholarly Commons
  • When Is Two a Crowd: The Impact of Federal Action on State Environmental Regulation', 31 Harvard Environmental Law Review 67 (2007).
  • The Green Costs of Kelo: Economic Development Takings and Environmental Protection (with Ilya Somin), 84 Washington University Law Review (2006). Scholarly Commons
  • Reckoning with Rapanos: Revisiting “Waters of the United States” and the Limits of Federal Wetland Regulation, 14 Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review 1 (2006). Scholarly Commons
  • Back to the Future of Conservation: Changing Perceptions of Property Rights & Environmental Protection, 1 NYU Journal of Law & Liberty 987 (2005). Scholarly Commons
  • Jurisdictional Mismatch in Environmental Federalism, 14 NYU Environmental Law Journal 130 (2005). Scholarly Commons
  • Is Morrison Dead? Assessing a Supreme Drug (Law) Overdose, 9 Lewis & Clark Law Review 751 (2005). Scholarly Commons
  • Judicial Federalism and the Future of Federal Environmental Regulation, 90 Iowa Law Review 377 (2005). Scholarly Commons
  • Conservation through Collusion: Antitrust as an Obstacle to Marine Resource Conservation, 61 Washington and Lee Law Review 3 (2004). Scholarly Commons
  • Fables of the Cuyahoga: Reconstructing a History of Environmental Protection, 14 Fordham Environmental Law Journal 89 (2002). Scholarly Commons
  • Legal Obstacles to Private Ordering in Marine Fisheries, 8 Roger Williams University Law Review 9 (2002). Scholarly Commons
  • Let 50 Flowers Bloom: Transforming the States into Laboratories of Environmental Policy, 31 Environmental Law Reporter 11284 (2001).
  • The Ducks Stop Here? The Environmental Challenge to Federalism, 9 Supreme Court Economic Review 205 (2001). (Selected as a finalist for inclusion in Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, as one of the ten best articles on land use or environmental law in 2001.) Scholarly Commons
  • Free and Green: A New Approach to Environmental Protection, 24 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 653 (2001). (Selected as a finalist for inclusion in Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, as one of the ten best articles on land use or environmental law in 2001.) Scholarly Commons
  • Stand or Deliver: Citizen Suits, Standing, and Environmental Protection, 12 Duke Environmental Law & Public Policy Forum 39 (2001). Scholarly Commons
  • The Cartagena Protocol and Biological Diversity: Biosafe or Bio-Sorry? 12 Georgetown University International Environmental Law Review 761 (2000). Scholarly Commons
  • More Sorry than Safe: Assessing the Precautionary Principle and the Proposed International Biosafety Protocol, 35 Texas International Law Journal 173 (2000). Scholarly Commons
  • Wetlands, Waterfowl, and the Menace of Mr. Wilson: Commerce Clause Jurisprudence and the Limits of Federal Wetlands Regulation, 29 Environmental Law 1 (1999). Scholarly Commons
  • The Green Aspects of Printz: The Revival of Federalism at Its Implications for Environmental Law, 6 George Mason Law Review 573 (1998). Scholarly Commons


  1. Law School Rankings,; accessed October 31, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Jonathan H. Adler official website; accessed October 31, 2014.
  3. Jonathan H. Adler profile,; accessed October 31, 2014.
  4. "Jonathan Adler to hold new Verheij chair at law school". Retrieved 2015-06-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. The Volokh Conspiracy website; accessed October 31, 2014.
  6. Bazelon, Emily (2007-11-26) On the advice of counsel,; accessed October 31, 2014.
  7. Profile, Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 20, 2012.