Judge Adams presides over
Dept. 8 in Santa Barbara Figueroa Division.
Judge Thomas R. Adams
Born June 1, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa, Judge
Adams moved to the Oregon coast in 1952. While studying at Willamette
University in Oregon, he and three fraternity brothers began a recording
career with R.C.A. Victor Records. For several years they recorded
and toured internationally as a folk-singing group "The Wayfarers".
In 1965 Judge Adams returned to his studies at California State
University Northridge and then completed his legal studies at California
Western School of Law where he was Associate Editor of the Law Journal.
In 1976 he became the first Commissioner of the Santa Barbara Municipal
Court by Governor Brown. A past recipient of the County Bar's "Distinguished
Service Award" Judge Adams started the "Teen Court"
program and was instrumental in establishing the "Children
in the Middle" program for divorcing parents.