• Henry Lee Adams Jr. was appointed as a Senior United States District Judge of the United States Court for the Middle District in Florida in the late 1990s.

    Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1945, Judge Adams received his education from Florida A&M University and Howard University School of Law before going on to become a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyers Fellow for the Duval County Legal Aid Association for about a year in 1969. He also went on to be the Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Duval County, a circuit judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida (1970-1972), and then a private practice attorney until 1976 before his appointment as a Senior U.S. District Judge in 1993. Adams had been nominated for the seat by President Bill Clinton on October 29 after a recommendation from U.S. Senator Bob Graham. In November of that same year, his position was confirmed by the Senate and he received commission on the 24th. Judge Adams stayed in this position until he assumed senior status in April 2010. During his time in office, Adams was assigned to the Tampa Division of the court from until April 2000, when he was then reassigned to the Jacksonville Division.

    One of Judge Adam's most notable cases was the Gay-Straight Alliance of Yulee High School, et al. v. School Board of Nassau County district court case, where he ruled that gay-straight alliances can meet on school grounds and be given the same privileges as other student organizations in Florida high schools, stating that school districts could not discriminate against students on the basis of their sexual orientation, which is protected under federal law.