Associate Professor of Law
Professor Adamson joined Seattle University School of Law as the Director of its Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. During his tenure from 2002-2006, he established a Predatory Lending Clinic, and a Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic.
Before joining Seattle University School of Law, Professor Adamson was a faculty member with the law clinic at Case School of Law. In addition to his teaching, Professor Adamson served as assistant dean for student services for four years, and he directed the law school's academic enrichment program. Professor Adamson has practiced as a litigation attorney for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, and as an assistant prosecutor with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
As a member of the Seattle University faculty, Professor Adamson has been active in the local community, as a Board Member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and educating community members on unfair lending practices. He has presented several continuing legal education seminars on predatory lending, cultural competence and professional responsibility, and civil procedure. On the national level, Professor Adamson has had significant involvement in clinical legal education. He currently serves on the AALS Committee on Clinical Legal Education. In 2002-03, he was Chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, and currently co-chairs the Section’s Taskforce on the Future of Clinical Legal Education. Professor Adamson is a Board member of the Society of American Law Teachers, and a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association.
Professor Adamson’s scholarship has focused on public education, race, and civil rights. His writings have also addressed civil appellate procedure and judicial decision making. Professor Adamson is a frequent lecturer on his scholarly topics, as well as clinical education and teaching methods.
Can the Professor Come Out and Play? Scholarship, Teaching, and Theories of Play, Journal of Legal Education Vol. 5804 (2009) (with Marilyn Berger, Lisa Brodoff, Anne Enquist, Paula Lustbader, and John B. Mitchell).
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 52(a) as an Ideological Weapon?, __ FLA. ST. U. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2007)
The Impact of School Funding Decisions on State Judges’ Elections and Appointments, book chapter in Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equity for America's Children (Carolina Academic Press) (forthcoming).
Rule 52(a) As An Ideological Weapon?, 34 Fla. State Univ. L. Rev. – (2007).
A Thousand Humiliations: What Brown Could Not Do, 9 St. Mary’s Law Rev. on Min. Issues – (Feb. 2007).
The H’aint In The (School) House: Brown v. Board of Education, Interest Convergence Re-contextualized, and Continuing the Struggle for Racial Justice, 43 Cal. Western L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2006)
All Facts Are Not Created Equal, 13 Temple Pol. & Civ. Rights L. Rev. 629 (2004)
Preparing our Students to Practice in the Age of Electronically-Based Information, The Lawyer, November 2004.
The Future Of Clinical Legal Education, The Lawyer, November 2004.
Law Students’ Undergraduate Major: Implications for Law School Academic Support Programs, 69 UMKC L. Rev. 533 (2001) (with Mark Graham).
Representing Clients with HIV/AIDS, In Brief (Alumni Periodical), September 1996.
Disability Trusts and Medicaid, Ohio Probate Law Journal, September/October 1994 (with William J. Day).
Direct Broadcast Satellite: A Proposal for a Global-regional System, 10 Comm. & L. 3 (1988) (with James C. Hsiung).
Seattle University School of Law
Phone: (206) 398-4412
- B.S./Ph.B., Miami University, 1985
- M.A., Purdue University, 1987
- J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1990
- Law Practice Management
- Media Law and Policy
- Predatory Lending Clinic