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T. Adams

T. Patton Adams
Executive Director

County:
Richland

Street Address:
1330 Lady St., Suite 401
Columbia, SC  29201

Contact Details:
Tel: 803-734-1343
Fax: 803-734-1247
Email Contact

Education:
University of South Carolina School of Law,1968
Washington & Lee University, BA in Political Science, 1965 Honorary Doctor of Laws, Charleston School of Law, 2013

Bar Admissions:
SC Bar 1968
United States District Court, District of SC 1968, US Tax Court, US Supreme Court

Professional Memberships/Certifications:
SC Bar, Criminal Law Section Council, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors and Vice- Chair of Defender Policy Group of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association; Executive Committee, American Council of Chief Defenders, South Carolina Public Defenders Association

Mr. Adams has been the Executive Director since January, 2005. A native of Columbia and a 1968 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, he maintained an active private law practice in Columbia for over 28 years. Prior to joining the agency Mr. Adams served as the vice president for government relations and general counsel for a major hospital industry trade association.

He is a 1965 graduate of Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. He is a Viet Nam veteran and recipient of a Bronze Star.

Mr. Adams served as Mayor of Columbia from 1986-1990 and was an at-large member of its City Council from 1976-1986. In 1986 he was appointed the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for South Carolina, and has served continuously in that position. In 2001 he was extended Emeritus status and his appointment was designated for his lifetime.

He is a recipient of the state's Order of the Palmetto, presented by Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.; the National Distinguished Service Award presented by the Association of United States Army; and the 1987 Municipal Association of South Carolina's Distinguished Service Award.

He has served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Charleston School of Law since July, 2007 and in 2013 he was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

He is active in numerous civic and professional activities and currently  serves as a member of the Board of Directors  of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and Vice Chair of its Defender Policy Group;  Executive Committee of the American Council of Chief Defenders and member of the SC Bar Criminal Law Section Council; past chairman of the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, a non-profit placement agency for disturbed and displaced youth; Chairman of the City of Columbia Government Restructure Study Commission; and a member of the South Carolina Veterans Memorial Park Commission.

Mr. Adams is married to Jacquelyn Hackett Culbertson, a native of Darlington and a Columbia interior decorator; and they have three grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and four very active grandsons. They maintain a home on Edisto Island where on weekends they can often be found fishing, shelling, or just plain relaxing.