SALT LAKE CITY — Robert W. Adler, distinguished professor of law and interim dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will fill that role as the next dean, pending approval by the board of trustees.

“Through his leadership, Dean Adler has enhanced the success of the College of Law, and his efforts have earned the trust and respect of the community both on and off campus,” said Ruth Watkins, senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “He will be a tremendous asset to the university leadership team, and I look forward to working with him as we complete the new law school building and meet the challenges facing legal education.”

Adler joined the U. faculty in 1994 and specializes in environmental and water law. He has served as associate dean for academic affairs for the college of law from 2006 to 2009.

Under his leadership, the law school was ranked second in the nation for student clinical opportunities by National Jurist magazine in January.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law, Adler has co-authored two leading casebooks, has published two highly regarded books, 28 law review articles and numerous book chapters, reports and other articles.