Kristen David Adams
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law
B.A., Rice University
J.D., Emory Law School
LL.M., Yale Law School
Contracts, Commercial Transactions, Interdisciplinary Jurisprudence, Payment Systems
Kristen David Adams graduated from Emory Law School with honors in 1995 and received the degree of masters of law from Yale Law School in 2000. While at Emory, she was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. Professor Adams received her bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Rice University in 1992. She is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.
Between the two law degrees, she practiced law for four years in Atlanta, first with Alston & Bird, L.L.C., and later with Altman, Kritzer & Levick, P.C. Dean Adams' practice included extensive work in the areas of general commercial litigation, products liability, medical products litigation, medical and psychiatric malpractice defense, intellectual property, and real estate litigation. During her tenure at Alston & Bird, she participated in the development of the firm's products liability advisory.
While in private practice, Dean Adams' pro bono projects included representing truants before the Fulton County Juvenile Court, co-chairing the Atlanta Legal Aid Society's annual Associate Fundraising Campaign, and serving as an Atlanta legal aid litigation fellow.
Dean Adams co-authored The Practice of Law School: Getting in and Making the Most of Your Legal Education with Christen Civiletto Carey, Esq. This book, which was published in June 2003 by ALM Publishing, a division of American Lawyer Media, is intended to help new law students find out what to expect, how to succeed at every stage, and how to make their law-school experience both fulfilling and relevant to their development as lawyers. Dean Adams, as the holder of the Leroy Highbaugh, Sr. Chair in faculty research for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years, prepared a commercial transactions casebook published by Thomson/West, Commercial Transactions: A Survey of United States Law with International Perspective, and engaged in other research as her primary full-time responsibility during the 2005-06 academic year. A third book, Uniform Commercial Code in a Nutshell, 7th ed., which was coauthored with Bradford Stone, was published by Thomson/West during the summer of 2008, followed by the 8thedition in 2012, and a fourth book, Global Issues in Commercial Law, was published by Thomson/West in 2009 with co-author Claude Rohwer. Dean Adams has also written more than a dozen law review articles.
Dean Adams is also a member of the American Law Institute, vice chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Uniform Commercial Code Committee, and a member of the Florida Bar's Public Interest Law Section Homelessness Committee.