ADELMAN PUT HINCKLEY AWAY FOR GOOD
BY ROBERT L. PACK '67
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Then a college classmate who worked in the U.S. Attorney's office in D.C.
called and suggested he apply for a job there. Adelman thought it might
be a good fit, since his model in law school had been Tony Amsterdam L'60,
professor of criminal law and a man Adelman describes to this day as his
"shining light." Inspired by knowledge that Amsterdam himself
had served in Washington's U.S. Attorney's office and written a book on
criminal procedure based largely on D.C. cases after clerking for U. S.
Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, Adelman interviewed for the job,
was offered one and instantly signed on.
From having "no idea what I wanted to do about practicing law when
I got out of law school" to a happenstance opportunity to be a prosecutor,
Adelman had found his calling. "I never thought I'd be a prosecutor,
but once I got into it, I just loved it." After nearly 20 years as
a federal prosecutor, longer than most spend, Adelman joined the D. C.
office of Pittsburgh-based Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in 1987. While Adelman
was at the Kirkpatrick firm, he was appointed by Independent Counsel Kenneth
Starr as Senior Counsel to direct the investigation of White House travel
office firings ("Travelgate"), a post Adelman held for several
months during 1996 until it turned out that his firm had a potential conflict
of interest because clients it represented might have been involved in
matters Starr's office was probing.