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Edward Adams Is Selected as Editor and Publisher of the ABA Journal

Posted Sep 24, 2006 5:46 AM CDT
By G.M. Filisko

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The name at the top of the ABA Journal’s masthead will change Sept. 5, when Edward A. Adams officially begins his duties as editor and publisher.

Adams also will direct the ABA Journal eReport, an e-mail publication sent weekly to ABA member subscribers, and the Journal Web site. In addition, Adams will be a member of the ABA’s senior management team.

The Journal is the flagship publication of the ABA, and with a circulation of nearly 400,000, it is the largest legal periodical in the world. The eReport is sent to some 247,000 subscribers.

“There’s no better job in legal jour­nalism than working at the ABA Journal,” Adams says. “The Journal reaches more lawyers by far than any other publication, and it has the most experienced staff of reporters and editors of any legal publication in the country.” Adams replaces Danial J. Kim, who was editor and publisher for just over five years. Kim resigned in January to become vice president for media integration for the Detroit News paper Partnership, which manages the business operations of the city’s two largest dailies.

Adams was selected after a lengthy search process conducted by the ABA Journal Board of Editors.

Expertise, Insight

“Ed is a very intelligent, articulate and experienced journalist who has worked in law-related publications for many years,” says Barbara J. Howard, a Cincinnati lawyer who chaired the board’s search committee. “He has a lot of energy and great ideas. He understands the population we serve, and he understands the preeminence of the Journal.”

Since 2002, Adams has worked as the public information officer for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alex­andria. Before that, he worked for 13 years with American Lawyer Media in New York City, where he was a reporter, online editor and executive editor.

During his time in Virginia, Adams was the only public information officer serving a federal district court. In that position, he created media plans for cases attracting worldwide interest, in­cluding the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui.

Adams received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City.

Looking ahead to his new position, Adams says the Journal’s “greatest strength is that it reaches far more lawyers than any other legal publication, and that’s also its greatest challenge. It has to have articles that are going to appeal to the broadest topical audienceto the solo practitioner in Peoria, the big-firm lawyer in Manhattan and the legal academic in Los Angeles.”

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