Judge Adrine is a graduate of Fisk University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1973. He worked as an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor, as Senior Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations and in private practice. In 1980, he was elected as the first president of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, a position he held until his election to a seat on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in November of 1981. He was re-elected judge in five successive elections to full six year-terms, most recently in November of 2011. He currently serves as the Court's Administrative and Presiding Judge.
He chaired the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness and is the immediate past chair of the Ohio Supreme Court's Interpreter Services Advisory Committee. He co-chairs the Advisory Board of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. He also chairs Cleveland's Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and co-chairs the current initiative seeking to bring a Family Justice Center to Cleveland. He is the immediate past chair of the National Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, formerly known as the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Judge Adrine lectures extensively on domestic violence issues in venues around the country, including in the U.S. Virgin islands and Puerto Rico. For the last 15 years, he has co-authored West Publishing's "Ohio Domestic Violence Law," Handbook Series. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of both Cleveland State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In 2000, he was awarded the Ohio Bar Medal by the Ohio State Bar Association, its highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the community.
Over the years, the judge served the Norman S. Minor Bar Association in a number of capacities, and currently sits on its Board of Trustees as President Emeritus. He was awarded the Norman S. Minor Bar Association's Trailblazer Award in 2010, marking the organization's 30th year of service to Cleveland's legal community