Assistant Professor of Law
(706) 542-5556

University of Georgia
School of Law
Athens, GA 30602
United States

B.A., Arizona State University
J.D., Columbia University
M.P.P., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley


Environmental Law
Renewable Energy Law and Policy
Climate Change Law Seminar

Biographical Information

Dr. Adam D. Orford joined the University of Georgia School of Law in the fall of 2021.

His interdisciplinary research investigates legal and policy approaches to environmental protection, human health and wellbeing, and deep decarbonization of the United States economy. He also participates in collaborative research initiatives across UGA, including as the lead of the Georgia element of the National Zoning Atlas and as a participant in ongoing investigations into the legal, political, environmental and social dimensions of new energy manufacturing and emerging carbon removal technologies.

His recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Ecology Law Quarterly, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, and Frontiers in Climate

As an educator and mentor, Orford passionately supports law student success and career development.

He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, his Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley Energy & Resources Group and his Master of Public Policy from the U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. Prior to returning to the academy, he was an environmental litigator in private practice, representing public and private clients in complex environmental civil litigation and regulatory matters. In law school, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.