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Schnader Dedicates Conference Room to Arlin Adams

On July 1, 2005 by Schnader in News

Tricia M. McCoy
Public Relations Manager


Philadelphia, PA (July 1, 2005) – In recognition of former federal appellate Judge Arlin M. Adams’ significant contributions to the legal profession, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP has dedicated the Arlin M. Adams Conference Room at the firm and has unveiled a portrait of the judge.

The dedication coincided with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s presentation of its President’s Award to Judge Adams earlier this year. At that time, Pennsylvania Bar Association President Michael H. Reed said Judge Adams was selected to receive the President’s Award “for more than 60 years of outstanding leadership and service as a lawyer, jurist, educator and civic leader, earning recognition as one of America’s finest lawyers and most respected bar leaders.”
“Judge Adams truly is a dean of the bar,” said Firm Chairman Ralph G. Wellington. “We at Schnader have been fortunate to benefit from his wisdom, his keen legal mind and his longstanding commitment to public service. We are gratified to see him being honored.”

During his long and distinguished legal career, Judge Adams has served in both the public and private sectors, and the highlights of his career have encompassed some of the nation’s most significant litigation. While at Schnader, he was court-appointed in 1985 as trustee in the New Era bankruptcy case, which at the time was the largest non-profit bankruptcy in history. Judge Adams also served from 1998 to 2002 as independent counsel in the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has been involved in a number of other governmental investigations into alleged criminal activity, prison abuse and other issues.

From 1969 to 1987, he served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Adams has also served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission and was a member of the board of the Federal Judicial Center. He served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare from 1963 to 1966.  Judge Adams’ commitment to public service was recognized in 2001 when Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society to honor his many achievements. In addition, the Annenberg Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law established in late 2004 the Arlin M. Adams Professorship of Constitutional Law at Penn law school.

Most recently, Judge Adams has served on the Schnader team successfully representing the Barnes Foundation in its quest to relocate its world-renowned art collection to downtown Philadelphia from its current suburban location.

A 1941 honors graduate of Temple University, Judge Adams earned his law degree in 1947 from the University of Pennsylvania. He was admitted to practice in 1947 and early in his career he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Horace Stern of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He is a resident of Elkins Park.

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