Adam J. Foss

Adam J. Foss – Director


Adam J. Foss is an Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO). He is on the executive board of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and chair of its Community Service Committee.  He is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association in its House of Delegates as the chair of its Criminal Justice Section Council and he sits on the Boston Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Steering Committee.  In 2008, he graduated Cum Laude from Suffolk University Law School and in 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Book Award from the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference.  SCDAO selected Mr. Foss as the 2012 recipient of the Brian J. Honan Award recognizing excellence in the courtroom and a commitment to the communities he serves and he also received a commendation from the State House for those efforts.  In 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association recognized Mr. Foss with the Access to Justice Section Council Prosecutor of the Year Award. Most recently, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Mr. Foss to his administration’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Mr. Foss also served as a panelist at the national MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Conference in Washington, DC speaking about juvenile justice reform.  In both his professional and personal capacities, Mr. Foss volunteers much of his time to the community he works in.  His latest project is creating a diversion program for first time juvenile offenders in the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.  He is also the co-founder of a collaborative effort in Roxbury court called the Roxbury CHOICE Program, an initiative to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney’s Office.  He is also the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, a project he started to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students.  Mr. Foss lives in the Ashmont neighborhood of Dorchester and moonlights as a bartender at a popular jazz club in Harvard Square.

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