(Fullerton, Calif. – June 9, 2009) Western State welcomes William E. Adams, Jr. as dean of the school today. Adams begins his new position, succeeding Maryann Jones, who retired after 19 years of service at Western State University.
“I am both honored and delighted to join Western State, and to become part of its tradition of educating students who become outstanding attorneys,” says Adams. “I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to work with a brilliant faculty who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.”
One of Adams’ immediate responsibilities at Western State is to work toward securing full American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation for the school. In 2005, the ABA granted the school provisional approval by the Association. Western State University is also accredited by both the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California (CBE).
“I am particularly pleased to join Western State University in this banner year as we apply for full approval by the ABA,” says Adams. “Now more than ever, Western State University is a great place – to work, to teach, and for students to start on their legal career.”
Adams previously served as Associate Dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University in Florida. At Nova Southeastern, Adams developed highly- innovative graduate programs for non-attorneys related to health care law and the regulatory processes, and oversaw the University Law Center’s extensive study abroad and international dual degree programs.
While attending Indiana University, Adams received his juris doctor, cum laude, and bachelor’s degree. Prior to joining the faculty of Nova Southeastern in 1989, he practiced public service and public advocacy law, including projects that assisted the elderly and persons infected with HIV.
Western State University is the oldest law school in Orange County, founded more than 40 years ago, and possesses a solid reputation for producing accomplished graduates who continue to garner accolades from the communities they serve.
The school is recognized for its diverse student body including both full- and part-time students, with an approximate 33 percent minority enrollment, and attracts students from throughout southern California, primarily Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.
What differentiates Western State University from other law schools is the individualized attention and support from faculty. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of opportunities provided to enhance their learning such as The Criminal Law Practice Center, Legal Clinic, and Trial Skills Training Program. Taught by qualified faculty, the school offers a legal education aimed at both teaching law and practice skills as well as helping the student become a better professional.
Adams says, “As we look toward a new phase, I see tremendous opportunity for Western State University to expand its contribution and its leadership in legal education with innovative curriculum development and new programs, which involve and support our students and graduates in meeting the new challenges in the legal profession.”