Adam D. Orford

Adam D. Orford

Assistant Professor

UGA School of Law

Adam Orford is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. He teaches courses on environmental protection, renewable energy development, and climate change.

As a scholar, Adam’s work blends political history and environmental and energy law and policy. Much of his work has focused on understanding the historical development of the relationship between conservative and environmental politics in the United States. He also writes on current issues of energy, climate, and environmental law and policy.

As an educator, Adam passionately supports graduate student success, and advocates for resources and programs to support historically marginalized and underrepresented student groups, including LGBTQ+, Black and Latino, indigenous, formerly incarcerated, disabled, and first-gen students.

Adam earned his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group. He received his Masters of Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where his work focused on energy policy and regulation. Prior to returning to academia, Adam was an environmental litigator in private practice for eight years. He represented public and private clients in complex environmental civil litigation and regulatory matters; conducted both trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country; and assisted with the environmental review and compliance aspects of numerous corporate transactions. In law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.


  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Renewable Energy Transitions
  • U.S. Political History
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Environmental Ethics


  • Ph.D., Energy & Resources, 2021

    U.C. Berkeley Energy & Resources Group

  • M.P.P. / M.A., 2018

    U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and U.C. Berkeley Energy & Resources Group

  • J.D., 2006

    Columbia Law School

  • B.A. (Italian), 2002

    Arizona State University


Interview with Commissioner Tim Echols on Energy Matters

Interview with Commissioner Tim Echols on Energy Matters

Interview on energy law topics upon arrival at UGA.

Investigating Conservative Environmental Polarization

Investigating Conservative Environmental Polarization

Dissertation exit talk on historical development of conservative environmental polarization.