Judge William Terrell Hodges (JD 58), a federal district court judge from Florida, has received the American Inns of Court’s 2007 Professionalism Award for the 11th Circuit.
Judge Hodges was nominated for this distinction by members of the Ferguson-White American Inns of Court in Tampa, who cited his “excellence, civility, professionalism and commitment to the highest legal and ethical standards. Based on this knowledge and experience, we have identified Judge Hodges as the person we know who best exemplifies the greatest ideals of our profession. He inspires each of us to strive to be the very best we can be professionally.”
After practicing law with Macfarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly in Tampa, Hodges was appointed a U.S. district court judge in the Middle District of Florida at 37, becoming one of the youngest people ever appointed to the federal bench. Not only did he serve as chief judge of his district, he also chaired the Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules as well as the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference — one of only a few district court judges to ever hold that position. Although Judge Hodges took senior status in 1999, he took on chairing the demanding Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation soon after.
Judge Hodges has received numerous state and national awards and accolades for his service and professionalism. He also has been a leader in establishing the American Inns of Court movement in Florida and served as president of both the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa and the Chester Bedell Inn in Jacksonville.