Adam D. Orford

Adam D. Orford

Assistant Professor

UGA School of Law

Dr. Adam D. Orford is thrilled to be joining the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Law. He will be teaching courses on environmental law, climate change law, and renewable energy law and policy.

Dr. Orford recently earned his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group. His dissertation - The Creation of Enemies: Investigating Conservative Environmental Polarization, 1945-1981 - focused on understanding the historical relationships between conservative and environmental politics in the United States. His master’s work in public policy analyzed (and criticized) how California has handled climate change in its electric power system planning and regulatory processes.

Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Orford was an environmental litigator. 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.