Spotlight on Judge Handling Memphis School Merger Case

As the deadline nears for unifying the majority-black Memphis City Schools and the majority-white Shelby County School system, the Memphis Flyer looks at the man working to get the two sides together, U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. A graduate of Memphis’ White Station High School, Mays is called an intellectual by some, and politically astute by others. "I don't think I've ever seen a judge with so much sense of what the common citizen goes through every day,” former federal prosecutor Tim DiScenza told the Flyer. “He brings common sense to very complicated matters."