NACDL past president Chris 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).
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!