SU Remembers Judge Adams’ achievements


Judge Arlin M. Adams died in his home on Dec. 22 in Philadelphia at the age of 94.
Adams, a close friend of Susquehanna, is most known for his service as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit for 17 years, according to an obituary written by Adams’ great-nephew Marc J. Zucker. During this period of his career, Adams was nominated by President Gerald Ford to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court.

Adams was one of two finalists, but the position was ultimately given to Judge John Paul Stevens.

After his retirement from the Court of Appeals, Adams worked on an investigation of a Pennsylvania attorney general and alleged criminal activity in 1994, as well as a case dealing with illegal medical research at Fox Chase Cancer Center, according to the memorial that Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons published on the school website.

The article also stated that Adams was appointed as a trustee in the New Era bankruptcy case in 1995, one of the largest nonprofit bankruptcy cases in history. He also worked with Schnader Attorneys at Law as a counsel to the firm from 1998 to 2002, according to the firm’s website, during which time he assisted in an investigation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Adams was born April 26, 1921, in Philadelphia. He studied at Temple and later earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, serving as editor-in-chief of the Penn Law Review while attending law school, according to Lemons’ article. Adams also earned a master’s degree in economics from both universities and served in the Navy during World War II.

Susquehanna established the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society in 2001 by the family of Sigfried and Janet Weis and the Degenstein Foundation of Sunbury with help from the Annenberg Foundation.

The Center focuses on education about the theory and practice of law. Students associated with the Center have the opportunity to become Adams Center Scholars, thus giving them opportunities at internships and future careers dealing with law.

“Countless lives have been impacted through Judge Adams’ wisdom, fairness and compassion, including those of Susquehanna students who have benefited from the Adams Center’s networking, internship and research opportunities,” Lemons said in his article. “He was a kind and generous man of strong character who will be missed by many.”