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Adamson, Bryan

Visiting Clinical Professor of Law

3016 Jeffries Hall

Professor Bryan Adamson is an associate professor of law at Seattle University School of Law. He joined the law school as its director of clinical programs and founded the school's first predatory lending clinic, community development and entrepreneurship clinic, and mortgage mediation practicum. He currently teaches the Consumer Advocacy Clinic; Protest, Policing, and the First Amendment; and Mass Media Law and Policy. He has served nationally on the boards of the Society of American Law Teachers and the Clinical Legal Education Association, and in numerous roles for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He has presented to local and national communities on predatory lending, race, and media, civil rights and procedure, and legal education. With other civil procedure and constitutional law scholars, Professor Adamson was an amicus adviser on the U.S. Supreme Court's companion case to United States v. Windsor, Perry v. Hollingsworth, and on CLEA's Grutter v. Bollinger amicus brief. In 2016, Professor Adamson was awarded the William Pincus Award for Excellence in Clinical Legal Education by the AALS for his national work as a clinician.

Since 2004, Professor Adamson has published more than 15 law review articles on topics such as standards of appellate review in the context of civil rights cases; President Obama, Muslim rumors, and rumor management; and race and media. In 2016, Professor Adamson was awarded Seattle University's Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.

In addition to his teaching and writing, Professor Adamson serves as a board member and public policy chair of the Greater Seattle Business Association (an LGBT small-business and civil-rights chamber of commerce), and as a member of the City's Our Best Advisory Committee and the King County Prosecutor's Office African American Council—both of which focus upon improving outcomes for and diminishing criminal system encounters of minority youth. In addition, Professor Adamson has served as a board member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and founding board member of the Northwest Consumer Law Center.

Before joining the Law School, Professor Adamson taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and was the assistant dean for student services. Prior to full-time teaching, Professor Adamson practiced as a litigation attorney for the Cleveland firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton and Boggs) and as an assistant prosecutor with Cuyahoga County (Cleveland). He earned a BS in mass communication and PhB in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University in Ohio, an MA from Purdue University, and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.