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David M. Driesen

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David Driesen writes frequently about the law and economics of environmental protection.  His book, The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law, (MIT Press 2003) has won the Lynton Keith Caldwell Award.  

Professor Driesen teaches environmental law (domestic and international) and constitutional law. His publications include "Is Cost-Benefit Analysis Neutral?" (Colorado Law Review 2006), "Standing for Nothing:  The Paradox of Demanding Concrete Context for Formalist Adjudication" (Cornell Law Review 2004), "What is Free Trade?: The Real Issue Lurking Behind the Trade and Environment Debate" (Virginia Journal of International Law 2001), "Is Emissions Trading an Economic Incentive Program?: Replacing the Command and Control/Economic Incentive Dichotomy" (Washington & Lee Law Review 1998), and "The Societal Cost of Environmental Regulation: Beyond Administrative Cost-Benefit Analysis" (Ecology Law Quarterly 1997). Professor Driesen currently teaches at Syracus University College of Law.  He came to Syracuse from the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national public interest environmental organization.

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Robert W. Adler

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As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and James I. Farr Chair in Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Robert Adler’s goal is “to stimulate more interdisciplinary work in this increasingly global world … [and] to prepare students for that world — an environment that changes almost continuously, and which demands skills that go far beyond what has been traditionally taught in law schools.” As a scholar, Adler urges a broader, more holistic approach to the restoration and protection of aquatic and other ecosystems than is used in traditional environmental laws alone, which focus on discrete kinds of environmental harm. After completing a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (1977) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1980 cum laude), Adler practiced environmental law for 15 years. He has published dozens of articles and reports in law, policy and science journals including Vanderbilt Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Utah Law Review, and George Washington Law Review, and a book on the history and impact of the Clean Water Act. He will publish two books in 2007 — Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (with David Driesen, Aspen Publishers) and Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity (Island Press). He regularly teaches courses in civil procedure and environmental law, and is currently co-designing an interdisciplinary course called “Environmental Law and Engineering,” in which law students and environmental engineering graduate students will work together on real-world environmental problems in Utah.  Adler loves to spend time in Utah’s outdoors, and in 2005 completed the Wasatch Front 100-mile trail race through Utah’s beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

Scholarship Highlights

  • Adler and Driesen, Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Functional Approach (Aspen Publishers, expected 2007).
  • Adler, A Troubled Sense of Immensity: Restoring the Colorado (Island Press, expected 2007)
  • Adler, The Law at the Water's Edge: Limits to "Ownership" of Aquatic Ecosystems, in Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use? (Tony Arnold, ed., Environmental Law Institute, 2005)
  • Adler, "The Supreme Court and Ecosystems: Environmental Science in Environmental Law," 27 Vermont Law Review 249-369 (2003)
  • Adler, "The Two Lost Books in the Water Quality Trilogy: The Elusive Objectives of 'Physical and Biological Integrity,'" 33 Environmental Law 29-77 (2003) (selected as one of the thirty best environmental or land use law review articles published in 2003)
  • Adler and Straube, "Watersheds and the Integration of U.S. Water Law and Policy: Bridging the Great Divides," 25 William & Mary Environmental Law Review 1-68 (2000)


Kirsten H. Engel

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Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1986) American Association of University Women Fellow; Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellow
Brown University, B.A. (1983) magna cum laude

Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia (inactive)
Illinois (inactive)

Professional Work Experience

  • Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2005 - present
  • Senior Counsel, Public Protection Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, Boston, Mass., 2001 - 2004
  • Acting Chief, Environmental Protection Division, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, Boston, Mass., 2000 - 2001
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Fall 1999
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt School of Law, Spring 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Boalt Hall, University of California School of Law, Berkeley, Spring 1996
  • Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, La., 1992 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Md., Spring 1992
  • Staff Attorney, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Washington, D.C., 1990 - 1992
  • Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 1987 - 1990 Judicial Clerk, Hon. Myron H. Bright, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Fargo, N.D., 1986 - 1987


  • Damages, Injunctions, and Climate Justice: A Reply to Jonathan Zasloff, 58 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 189 (2011). 
    Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (2d ed., 2011) (co-author, with David M. Driesen & Robert W. Adler). 
    Courts and Climate Policy: Now and in the Future, in Greenhouse Governance: Addressing American Climate Change Policy 229 (Barry G. Rabe ed., 2010). 
  • Micro-Motives for State and Local Climate Initiatives, 2 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 119 (2008) (co-author, with Barak Y. Orbach). 
  • Adaptive Federalism: The Case Against Reallocating Environmental Regulatory Authority, 92 Minn. L. Rev. 1796 (2008) (co-author, with David E. Adelman). 
  • Harmonizing Regulatory and Litigation Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation: Incorporating Tradable Emissions Offsets into Common Law Remedies, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1563 (2007). 
  • State Environmental Standard-Setting: Is There a "Race " and Is It "to-the-Bottom"?, 48 Hastings L.J. 271 (1997).