Judge Adams received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Virginia (1969), a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder (1974), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law (1979). Additionally, he earned a Master in Social Work degree from the University of Denver (1993). Judge Adams was a magistrate for Arapahoe County; he worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Denver, Adams, and Arapahoe County; an Assistant Attorney General for the Regulatory Law Agency; and the Director for the Metropolitan State University’s Law Office in the Student Legal Office. He has also engaged in private practice, worked as a clinician, and was a Guardian Ad Litem in Arapahoe County. He was appointed as a judge to the County Court bench by Governor Ritter effective February 2, 2009.
Judge Adams was the 1997 recipient of the Raymond C. Frenchmore Juvenile Law Award for Outstanding Service to Juvenile Justice by the Arapahoe County Bar Association, 2000 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Greater Good by Metropolitan State College of Denver, and 2003 recipient of the Distinguished Jurist Award, Living the Dream, by the Sam Carey Bar Association.