Jonathan H. Adler, the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, is among 34 newly elected members of the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI).

The 90-year-old institute comprises exceptional judges, lawyers and legal academics internationally.

“It’s truly an honor to be elected to the American Law Institute,” Adler said. “The ALI’s membership includes many of the finest legal professionals in the country. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that plays such a crucial role in the development of the law.”

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Jonathan Adler

Adler becomes the 10th law faculty from Case Western Reserve among ALI’s elite membership—including President Barbara R. Snyder.

Adler, who teaches courses including environmental, administrative and constitutional law,  joined the Case Western Reserve faculty in 2001.

In 2004, Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic younger than 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship and commitment to students.

In 2007, the Case Western Reserve Law Alumni Association awarded Adler with its annual “Distinguished Teacher Award.”

Adler received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his JD from George Mason University.

Before becoming an academic, 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, he worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C.

Adler is the author or editor of seven books, including Business and the Roberts Court (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on Endangered Species Act Reform (AEI Press, 2011), and over a dozen book chapters. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Yale Journal on Regulation to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

He has testified before Congress a dozen times, and his work has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court. A 2016 study identified Adler as the most cited legal academic in administrative and environmental law under age 50.

In addition, Adler is the contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog “The Volokh Conspiracy.” A regular commentator on constitutional and regulatory 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, Entertainment Tonight and CNN.


For more information, contact Colin McEwen at colin.mcewen@case.edu.

This article was originally published July 30, 2018.