logo logo

William Terrell Hodges

William Terrell Hodges, American federal judge. Bar: Florida 1959.


  • Hodges, William Terrell was born on April 28, 1934 in Lake Wales, Florida, United States. Son of Haywood and Clara Lucy (Murphy) Hodges.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Business Administration, University Florida, 1956. Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1958. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Florida.


    • Member firm Macfarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly, Tampa, 1958-1971. Instructor business law University South Florida, 1961-1966. Judge United States District Court (middle district) Florida, 1971—1982, 1989—1999, chief judge, 1982—1989, senior judge, since 1999.

      Member committee on operations jury system Judicial Conference, 1982-1987, circuit council, 11th circuit, 1981-1986. Member, advisory committee on criminal rules procedure and evidence Judicial Conference, 1987-1993, chairman, 1990-1993. Ad hoc committee on habeas corpus reform.

      Chairman, bench book committee Federal Judicial Center, 1987-1993. Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee of the Judicial Conference to study relations within the Federal Judicial Center, 1997-1998. Chairman, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litig., 2000-2007.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1959.


    • Executive editor, University Florida Law Review, 1957-1958.


    Member American, Tampa-Hillsborough County bar associations, Florida Bar (chairman grievance committee 1967-1970, chairman uniform commercial code committee 1970-1971), District Judges Association 5th Circuit (co-chairman committee on pattern jury instruction 1977-1981), District Judges Association 11th Circuit (chairman jury instructions committee since 1982, president 1981-1982) American Judicature Society.


    • Married Peggy Jean Woods, June 8, 1958. Children: Judson, Daniel, Clay.
    • father: Haywood Hodges
    • mother: Clara Lucy (Murphy) Hodges
    • spouse: Peggy Jean Woods
    • children: Judson Hodges
    • Daniel Hodges
    • Clay Hodges
    See on larger map