Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation, will be the inaugural chairholder of the Johan Verheij Memorial Professorship at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The chair was established earlier this year by Richard Verheij (LAW ’83) in honor of his late father. “I believe in the ethic that to those whom much is given, much is expected,” said Verheij, who is one of the largest contributors to the law school’s Annual Fund and has previously established an endowment to support the Center for Business Law and Regulation. “The law school and its great faculty provided me with a solid foundation for establishing what has been in many ways a rewarding career that has spanned challenging areas from tobacco litigation and regulation to cutting-edge environmental compliance.”

Verheij is former executive vice president and general counsel for UST Inc. in Greenwich, Conn., where he served for nearly 20 years. Most recently he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary to Magnum Coal Co. in Charleston, W.Va., and is currently a consultant to Patriot Coal Corp. (parent company to Magnum).

Adler, who specializes in environmental, administrative and constitutional law, is a widely renowned scholar. 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 10 best articles in land use and environmental law.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be named as the inaugural holder of this chair. As a school we are tremendously grateful for Mr. Verheij’s generosity and longstanding support of the school and our work,” Adler said.