This September, the Law Library’s Board of Trustees honored our beloved Director, John Adkins, with the Stephanie L. Schweter Award for Excellence and the San Diego Law Library Foundation renamed the Downtown Location’s third-floor boardroom the John W. Adkins Boardroom, stating:


“John has been a familiar face at the San Diego Law Library for over 15 years. While he started out as a part-time reference librarian, bringing his experience and legal knowledge to Law Library patrons on the weekends, he spent the last 11 years as the Law Library Director, leading the recovery from the economic crisis of 2008, a major renovation in 2012, lobbying state legislature for improved and consistent funding, and the COVID pandemic of 2020. Through it all, John enthusiastically led the Law Library staff with focus on a revitalized mission of “Law Made Public” for every person residing in San Diego County. His vision for a technology-based digital library sparked change and discussion all the way to the national level.

For his never-ending devotion to access to justice for all and for leading the Law Library into a new age of library electronic access, the San Diego Law Library Foundation dedicated the boardroom to him with deepest gratitude. “


We are so happy for our fearless leader and look forward to seeing him honored with the Award for Excellent in Public Service at the 2021 Bernard E. Witkin Award Reception on Thursday, October 14, 2021