Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dean's Distinguished Faculty Fellow
Phone: (541) 346-3826
Adell L. Amos is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. In 2011, Professor Amos returned to the School of Law in after serving in Washington, D.C. for two years as Deputy Solicitor for Land and Water Resources in the United States Department of the Interior.
Professor Amos joined the law school faculty after practicing environmental and natural resources law with the Solicitor's Office, Division of Parks and Wildlife at the Department of the Interior. She represented and advised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service on state and federal water rights issues including work involving the Klamath, Snake, Columbia, Middle Rio Grande, and Gunnison River Basins. She provided legal advice on the interaction of water law with other environmental statutes including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Federal Power Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.
Professor Amos teaches Administrative Law, Water Resources Law, Wildlife Law, Oregon Water Law and Policy, Energy Law, Environmental Conflict Resolution, and Civil Procedure. Her scholarship addresses citizen participation in water rights adjudications, the relationship between federal and state governments on water resource management, and the role of administrative agencies in setting national and local water policy. She has published broadly in the field of water law including, "The Use of State Instream Flow Laws for Federal Lands: Respecting State Control while Meeting Federal Purposes" in Environmental Law; "Hydropower Reform and the Impact of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 on the Klamath Basin" in the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation; and "Advancing Freshwater Conservation in the Context of Energy and Climate Policy" in the Denver Water Law Review. She frequently speaks on water, energy, and climate topics, and recently finished a grant funded project with The Nature Conservancy on freshwater conservation in Oregon.
Professor Amos earned her B.A. in 1995 from Drury College and her J.D. in 1998 from the University of Oregon (Coif). After law school, Amos clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Proctor Hug Jr. She is a member of the Missouri bar, admitted 1999.