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was appointed General Counsel
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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to...
on June 1, 2005 by Governor Edward G. Rendell. Adams, who was raised in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Pottsville is the only city in and the county seat of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 15,549 at the 2000 census. The city lies along the west bank of the Schuylkill River, north-west of Philadelphia...
, had been a partner with Duane Morris LLP
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in Philadelphia since 1986, a firm she joined originally as a summer associate in 1977.
Adams graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1978 and previously from Smith College
Smith College is a private, independent women's liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest member of the Seven Sisters...