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Record: Legal Oral History Project: Arlin M. Adams, July 1, 1999.


Legal Oral History Project: Arlin M. Adams, July 1, 1999.

Video Call Number: Location:
1428 Biddle Law Library
Year: Running Time: Format:
1999 VHS


Arlin Adams, a 1947 graduate of Penn Law is a native Philadelphian. Born in 1921, and raised during the Great Depression, Mr. Adams earned an undergraduate degree from Temple University in three and one-half years while working full-time. He continued to work full-time for the first half of his tenure at the Penn Law School, although he was the recipient of a full tuition scholarship. In 1942, in response to the events at Pearl Harbor, Mr. Adams took a leave of absence from the law school, enlisted in the United States Navy and saw action in the North Pacific as a Logistics Officer. Prior to his discharge from the Navy, while stationed in Philadelphia, Mr. Adams attended evening classes at Penn and Temple earning a Masters Degree in Economics awarded by both Universities. Upon returning to Penn Law, Mr. Adams was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Penn Law Review. After graduation, he became Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Horace Stern. Immediately following his clerkship, Mr. Adams was offered a teaching position at Penn Law as well as an Associate position at the law firm now known as Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, developing a relationship with that firm that continues today.


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