Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and SocietyThe Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna University focuses on the law and its impact on institutions and people, providing a rich learning and experiential resource for students, faculty, visiting scholars and members of the community.
The family of Sigfried and Janet Weis and The Degenstein Foundation of Sunbury, Pa., with support from the Annenberg Foundation, established the center in 2001 in honor of prominent Philadelphia jurist Arlin M. Adams whose distinguished legal career includes 17 years on the bench of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Center explores the significant place law occupies in our ever-changing social, political, economic and cultural life. It provides a forum for thought-provoking examination of contemporary issues in areas such as human freedoms and civil rights, social responsibility, technology and privacy, and constitutional interpretation. An annual forum involving nationally recognized legal experts has become an anticipated event in the university’s annual calendar of events.
Susquehanna's emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education and pre-professional studies offers an ideal home for The Adams Center which supports activities and resources that expose students to the theory and practice of law through internships and field experiences, networking, professional seminars, independent study, research projects, and enhanced library resources. The interdisciplinary programs and activities of the Adams Center enrich and inform civic life in the Central Susquehanna Valley and nationally.
Further information is available from members of the Adams Center Steering Committee: Assistant Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary, Director; Professor of Accounting Richard O. Davis, Associate Director; or Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey P. Whitman; Associate Director.