The editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, Edward A. Adams, announced today that he is resigning, effective May 27. He has been publisher of the Journal since 2006. In 2010, he also took on the job of overall publisher for the ABA, supervising books, periodicals, websites and CLE.

Before joining the ABA, Ed had served as public information officer for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before that, he was a reporter and editor for the New York Law Journal for more than a dozen years. I had the good fortune to get to know him then, when I was working for the NYLJ’s parent company ALM.

During his tenure at the ABA, Ed achieved significant milestones in bringing the magazine out from behind a members-only wall and then establishing it as a leader and innovator in digital media. From overhauling the ABA Journal website in 2007, to establishing the annual Blawg 100 awards, to taking his team on the road in search of Legal Rebels, Ed was a true innovator who leaves the ABA Journal a much better publication than he found it.

(See also our 2009 Lawyer2Lawyer interview with Ed and ABA Journal reporter Rachel Zahorsky.)