Terry Jill Adamson, J.D.
Director of Externships
Office: School of Law (SOL)
- J.D., University of San Diego, 1983
- B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1980
Professor Adamson served as a court commissioner for Malibu Superior Court for eighteen years (1989-2007). Prior to being appointed to the bench, Professor Adamson was a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County (1983-1989). She co-prosecuted the high profile police officer killing capital case, known as "The Chinatown Case," and assisted in the prosecution of Japan's highest profile multiple murder case, the Miura case. She started as an adjunct professor in 1993, teaching Criminal Trial Preparation and Settlement and Trial Practice. In that capacity, Professor Adamson received the David McKibben Excellence in Teaching Award. Since 2007, she has taught three classes each semester and assisted Harry Caldwell as a trial team coach. Professor Adamson taught Trial Practice, Honors Trial Practice, Criminal Trial Preparation and Settlement, and the Criminal Internship Seminar. While a student at The University of San Diego, she was a member of Law Review and won the award for the top criminal justice student as well as winning the regional for the TYLA Trial Competition. Professor Adamson co-wrote two books with Professor Caldwell: Criminal Pretrial Advocacy (2012) and Criminal Mock Trials (2013). Professor Adamson received the Malibu Dolphin Award in recognition of outstanding community service (2015).