Chris Adams is the President of NACDL. Adams is a partner in the criminal defense law firm of Adams & Bischoff, L.L.C. in Charleston, SC.
Before starting his own practice, Adams was a public defender and non-profit lawyer for 15 years. From 2004-2007 he was the founding director of the Georgia Capital Defender, a public defense office defending indigent clients accused of capital murder. During his tenure, the office resolved 40 cases without a death verdict. From 2000-2004, Adams was a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, where he defended people facing the death penalty throughout the Deep South. From 1992-2000, he was an assistant public defender in Charleston, SC.
Adams is a Life Member of NACDL and began serving on the Board of Directors in 2004.
He is also a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), a co-founder and faculty member at the National College of Capital Voir Dire, and has taught as an adjunct law professor at several law schools. Adams is recognized for Criminal Defense in South Carolina by Superlawyers (2016-present).
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.