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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||11/24/1993 - 4/8/2010|
|Senior:||4/8/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Susan Black|
|Succeeded by:||Roy Bale Dalton, Jr.|
|Home State:||Jacksonville, FL.|
|Undergraduate:||Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, B.A., 1966|
|Law School:||Howard University School of Law, J.D., 1969|
Henry Lee Adams, Jr. is a judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He assumed senior status on April 8, 2010.
Early life and education
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Adams graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with his bachelor's degree in 1966 and received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law in 1969.
Adams began his legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyers Fellow for the Duval County, Florida Legal Aid Association from 1969 to 1970. Adams was the Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Duval County, Florida from 1970 to 1972. Adams was a private practice attorney in Florida from 1972 to 1979 before being appointed to serve as a Circuit Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida until 1993.
Middle District of Florida
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Adams was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida by President Bill Clinton on October 29, 1993, to a seat vacated by Susan Black as Black was appointed to serve on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Adams was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20, 1993 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 24, 1993. Judge Adams assumed senior status on April 8, 2010. He was succeeded by Roy Bale Dalton, Jr..
Gay-Straight alliance wins over school board (2009)
*Gay-Straight Alliance of Yulee High School, et al. v. School Board of Nassau County 3:09-cv-00112-HLA-TEM
On August 10, 2009, Judge Adams ruled that a gay-straight alliance organization at a Florida high school can meet on school grounds and be given the same privileges as other student organizations. Hannah Page and Jacob Brock of Yulee High School sued the school board in February of 2008 after administrators told the students that they could not meet at school unless they changed the name of the group. The judge said in his ruling that a school district cannot retaliate against students because of sexual orientation, a protected class under federal laws.
- Adams Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- Judge Adams' Page at the Middle District of FL Site
- The Florida Times-Union, "Shorstein, Davis finalists for federal posts," July 23, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Florida
Roy Bale Dalton, Jr.
Chief Judge: Anne Conway • Elizabeth Kovachevich • Steven Merryday • James Whittemore • John Steele • James S. Moody • Tim Corrigan • Virginia Covington • Marcia Howard • Mary Scriven • Sheri Chappell • Charlene Honeywell • Roy Bale Dalton, Jr.
Patricia Fawsett • George Young • Howell Melton • William Castagna • John Moore • William Hodges • George Sharp • Harvey Schlesinger • Susan Bucklew • Henry Adams • Richard Lazzara • John Antoon • Gregory Presnell •
|Magistrate judges||Thomas G. Wilson • Thomas McCoun, III • David A. Baker • Elizabeth Jenkins • Mark Pizzo • Karla Spaulding • Doug Frazier • Thomas Morris • Greg Kelley • James Klindt • Monte Richardson • Anthony E. Porcelli • Joel Toomey • Philip Lammens •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|