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).
Pre-Trial Suppression & Fourth Amendment Issues
This Trial Guide is a topical and practical handbook examining the nuts and bolts of the most current Fourth Amendment & Pre-Trial Suppression issues encountered in modern criminal cases.
Defense Counsel Playbook for Eyewitness ID Cases
This Trial Guide was written to help counsel use existing case law to its strongest advantage, and to create a framework for appellate challenges urging courts to adopt leading cases.
Ultimate Cross 2.0
This special CLE compilation program includes the highest-rated presentations on Cross-Examination techniques from NACDL's most recent seminars (2017-2019).
Forensic Sciences in Criminal Cases: A Multidiscipline Primer
In order to challenge forensic evidence, experts, reports and findings commonly encountered in the courtroom, an attorney must first have a basic understanding of the forensic issues that they will be confronting.