Adams was presented with the award at a recent Wake County Bar luncheon to recognize his long, respected and honorable career of public service to the Wake County Bar and to the citizens of North Carolina.
Adams practiced law for more than five decades and played a vital role in the racial integration of the Wake County Bar Association in the early 1960s. In addition, Adams fought for the adoption of legislation which led to the merger of the Raleigh and Wake County school systems in the late 1970s. As a legislator for 10 years, he worked on numerous budgetary matters that benefitted the poor and less-educated in North Carolina. His influence in the General Assembly set the stage for many educational and work force achievements in the 1980s and 1990s.
The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research Poll has routinely rewarded Adams for being one of the most effective lobbyists. During his time in the General Assembly, he was widely considered as only second to the Speaker of the House because he excelled in applying his vast knowledge of the law and the legislative process for the good of the state and its citizens.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adams received his J.D. in 1954 and his B.A. in 1952.
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