EMERSON R. THOMPSON, JR.
BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville, Florida
SPOUSE: Geraldine F.
DEGREES: University of
Florida, B.A., Political Science, 1970;
State University, J.D., 1973.
LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 1993-2008, Chief
Judge, 2000-2003; Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 1980-1993, Chief
Judge, 1989-1991; Judge, Orange County Court, 1976-1980; Assistant State
Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 1973-1976; Adjunct Professor, Valencia
Community College, 1982-1987; Faculty Member, National Judicial College, 1987-2000.
BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES:
The Florida Bar; Orange County Bar Association,
1974-present; former Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature
Society, 1978-present; National Bar Association, 1976-present; Paul C. Perkins
Bar Association, 1984-present; Florida Supreme Court Statistics and Workload
Committee, 1991-2000, Chair, 1995-97; Conference of District Court of Appeal
Judges, 1993-present; State Courts System Equal Employment Opportunity
Committee, 1998-present; Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 1999-present; The
Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission, 1989-91; former
Member, Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar Bench/Bar Commission (Style
and Drafting Committee); Florida Supreme Court Pro Bono Committee; Designated
Director, The Florida Bar Foundation, 1991-93, 2002-present; founding Member
and first President, Central Florida American Inns of Court; Executive
Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges; Chair, Probate Section,
Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1991-93; Executive Council, Florida
Conference of Circuit Judges, 1989-93; Judicial Administration Section, Florida
Conference of Circuit Judges, 1989-91; Judicial Relations Committee of Orange
County Bar Association, 1988-2004; Instructor, Guardian Ad Litem Program,
Orange County Bar Association, 1980-82.
OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow); Life Member,
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Member, Associate Board of Trustees,
Bethune-Cookman College; Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church (Board of
Trustees); Sigma Pi Phi Boule (former Sire Archon); former Member, Metropolitan
Orlando Urban League; Board of Directors, Florida State University, College of
Law Alumni Association; Board of Directors, Central Florida's Blood Centers,
1998-present; Board of Directors, University of Florida Foundation, 1990-93.
HONORS & AWARDS:
Nominated for Florida Supreme Court by Judicial Nominating
Commission, 1994; National Endowment for Humanities Fellow, 1978; selected for
Rotary International Group Exchange Program, 1979; Trial Lawyers Section of The
Florida Bar for Outstanding Contribution to the Trial Lawyers Section, 1986-87;
United Way Community Service Award, 1977, 1978.