William Adams, dean and vice chancellor at Western State College of Law, will join the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as deputy managing director in August. He replaces Scott Norberg, who held the position for the last three years and is returning to his faculty position at Florida International University College of Law at the end of the summer.
Bill Adams became dean of Western State in 2009. Previously, he was professor and associate dean for international, online, and graduate programs at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, where he also served as director of clinical programs. His prior experience includes serving as Elderly Projects Director at the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and as a legal services corporation attorney representing indigent persons in Indiana and Florida. He earned his both his bachelor’s degree and J.D. (cum laude) from Indiana University.
Barry Currier, Managing Director for Accreditation and Legal Education, said, “We are very pleased that Bill Adams will join our staff. He will carry on the good work done by Scott Norberg and others who have served in the Deputy Managing Director or Deputy Consultant role. Beyond a deep general understanding of legal education and law schools garnered over his academic career, Bill brings to the position particular knowledge in a number of areas that are important to the work of our office right now and going forward, including non-J.D. degree programs; collaborative programs between U.S. and international law schools; experiential and clinical education programs; academic support programs and bar passage matters; diversity; career services and job placement; and learning outcomes and assessment. His perspective is also informed by his years in practice as a legal services lawyer.”
Currier also expressed his gratitude for Scott Norberg’s work for the Section. “Scott has been a wonderful partner to me, my predecessor Bucky Askew, and the staff. The Council and the key accreditation-related committees of the Section also appreciate Scott’s contributions to their work and wish him well as he returns to his teaching and research.”