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Arlin Adams Professorship In Constitutional Law

A. Adams

With the Annenberg Foundation taking the lead among several donors, the Law School has established a professorship in Constitutional Law in honor of former Federal Appeals Court Judge Arlin M. Adams.

“I am most grateful to the University, to Mrs. Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation, as well as the other generous donors who have made this honor possible,” said Arlin M. Adams. “Nothing could mean more to a graduate of the Penn Law School than to have a professorship, especially in Constitutional law, bear his name.”

Judge Adams has had a long and distinguished career on the bench and in public service, having served 18 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and three years as secretary of public welfare under Pennsylvania Governor William W. Scranton.

Today, Judge Adams is counsel at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, where he devotes much of his time to issues of public interest. He is the author of numerous law review articles and a case book on constitutional law.

A former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and past president of both the American Judicature Society and American Philosophical Society, Judge Adams is well-known for his post-judiciary roles in significant legal cases. In 1995, he was appointed trustee in the New Era bankruptcy case, at that time the largest nonprofit bankruptcy in history. From 1998 to 2002, he served as independent counsel in an investigation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that uncovered widespread corruption.

“Arlin Adams’ unquestionable integrity and prudent leadership exemplify the highest ideals of the legal profession. A professorship in his name does honor to Penn Law,” said Dean Michael A. Fitts. “Therefore, the entire Penn Law community is grateful to the Annenberg Foundation, which has been such a good friend to the University, for its generous support of the Law School and of an alumnus whom we hold in the highest regard.”   

Judge Adams graduated from the Law School in 1947. He was editor-in-chief of the Penn Law Review and is a former chairman of Penn Law’s Board of Overseers. For more than two decades, he was a lecturer at the Law School, where he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1981 as well as the James Wilson Award in 2001. The University presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1998.

In 1997, Judge Adams received the Philadelphia Award for service to the community and in 1999 the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Gold Medal Award.

Gail C. Levin, executive director of the Annenberg Foundation, which made a gift to establish the Professorship, said, “This grant not only pays tribute to Arlin Adams as an exceptional lawyer, jurist, public servant, and civic leader, but also memorializes the long and deeply respectful friendship between Walter and Leonore Annenberg and Judge Adams. Mrs. Annenberg has authorized the grant in honor of Judge Adams with pride and immense pleasure.”

The Annenberg Foundation was established in 1989 by the late Walter H. Annenberg; Leonore Annenberg succeeded her husband as chairman and president of the Foundation in 2002.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 1, July 12, 2005


July 12, 2005
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