John Adams, former clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court, visited Appalachian School of Law on January 25, addressing the student body in the Trial Courtroom. In addition to being a clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court, Adams worked as Associate White House Counsel for President George W. Bush. He has served as a Federal Prosecutor, and currently is in private practice with McGuire Woods in Richmond, Va.
Born and raised in Chesterfield County, Virginia, Adams graduated from Virginia Military Institute with and economics degree. Upon graduation, he received a commission as a United States Naval Officer, serving two tours - deploying from Pearl Harbor to the Persian Gulf and from Norfolk to Central America for counter-narcotics operations. After serving in the Navy, Adams attended the University of Virginia School of Law. He returned to the Richmond area as a federal prosecutor and now leads the government investigations department at McGuire Woods. Mr. Adams spoke to those gathered at ASL about his service as a Supreme Court Clerk, as counsel to the President, and his ideas for Virginia's legal system. He is currently seeking the Republican nomination for Virginia Attorney General.