Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr.

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Spouse: Geraldine F. Thompson

Children: Three


University of Florida, B.A., Political Science, 1970; 
Florida 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

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.

Judicial & Bar 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.