The Honorable Meghan A. Adams
Former Delaware Journal of Corporate Law Articles Editor, The Honorable Meghan A. Adams, gives us some insight into her experience during law school and her career today.
- What was your position on Journal?
- Where did you receive your undergraduate degree and what area did you study?
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School; Business Administration
- Where do you currently work?
Superior Court of Delaware
- In what area of law do you practice?
Not applicable; prior to becoming a judge I practiced corporate and commercial litigation.
- What advice would you give to law students that you wish you had known in law school?
Seek out mentors in the area you wish to practice during your period in law school. Also, know yourself and your strengths – are you comfortable practicing in a “small fish/big pond” environment, or are you better suited for a “big fish/small pond” environment, even if the job does not pay as well?
- Aside from excelling academically and joining the Journal, what are some ways that students can stand out to secure job offers?
If interested in litigation, seek out externships/internships with a local judge during the school year or summer. Many judges are willing to mentor law students, and this can give you not only insight into different areas of the law, but also help you build a relationship with that judge. Also, being involved in other activities at the school, such as moot court or the student bar association – this shows your employer that you can manage your time and still excel academically.
- What are some lessons that you have learned during your professional career that will be valuable to current Journal members and recent Journal alumni?
Study the rules of procedure for your area of practice. Learn the job of your paralegal and your assistant – these individuals are just as important in your daily lives as having a client. Most law firm staff have worked in that area of law for much longer than you – and they can help you avoid mistakes. Treat everyone, no matter what their job at your firm/office, with respect.
- What are your future plans?
The President Judge just assigned me to the Complex Commercial Litigation Division panel of the Superior Court. I am looking forward to presiding over these cases.
- Outside of law, what are your interests?
Golf and vacationing with family.