Samuel H. Mays, Jr.

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Samuel Hardwicke Mays Jr. (born 1948) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Mays received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1970 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973. He was in private practice in Tennessee from 1973 to 1995, and was then legal counsel to the Governor of Tennessee, Don Sundquist, from 1995 to 1997. He was a deputy and chief of staff to the Governor from 1997 to 2000, returning to private practice in Tennessee from 2000 to 2002.

On January 23, 2002, Mays was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee vacated by Jerome Turner. Mays was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 9, 2002, and received his commission on May 10, 2002.