Adam Schiff (Law & Order)

Adam Schiff (Law & Order)

Adam Schiff (Law & Order)

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Adam Schiff is a fictional character on the TV drama series Law & Order. He was played by Steven Hill from 1990 to 2000. Schiff was one of the main characters of the series and appeared in every episode of the first ten seasons, with the exception of the first episode produced (but not the first to be aired).

Character overview

Schiff is District Attorney of New York County. As insinuated in an episode, Schiff is a graduate of Columbia University. He is a pragmatic Democrat of faintly liberal stripe, but regardless of political inclinations, he is never perturbed by his critics nor by uncooperative judges. Political persuasions sometimes cloud his decisions with regard to certain cases such as the death penalty, however. According to the episode "Aftershock", he wrote a brief protesting the death penalty in 1971.Law & Order episode "Aftershock", aired May 22, 1996. He is also pro-choice.Law & Order episode "Life Choice"

While he is often stern and unforgiving in his professional conduct, he has amicable relationships with his assistants. He is closest to Benjamin Stone (Michael Moriarty), seeing him as a kind of surrogate son, and so is disturbed to see him resign when a witness he is trying to protect is murdered.Law & Order episode "Old Friends", aired May 25, 1994. His relationship with Stone's successor, Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), is more...
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