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Emmett Lamar Battles

Year appointed to the bench: 2002


Circuit Civil Division, July 2015 - Present
Felony Trial Division, September 2008 – July 2015
Felony Division, April 2005 - September 2008
General Civil, May 2004 - April 2005
Juvenile Delinquency, January 2002 - April 2004



Law School: University of Florida

J.D. (With Honors), 1980

Graduate: The Army Judge Advocate General’s School

Graduate Course (LLM Equivalent) (Commandant’s List), 1985

Undergraduate: Florida Southern College

B.A. (Cum Laude), 1973



Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Active Duty 1973-1995

Judge Advocate General’s Corps 1980-1995



Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven, 1995-2001
The Florida Bar
       Vision 2016 Commission, 2014-2016
       Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2005-2009
              Chairman, 2008-2009
              Vice Chairman, 2007-2008
       Member, Eminent Domain Committee
       Member, Military Affairs Committee, 2002-2005
Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2008-2009

Florida Supreme Court Capital Post Conviction Proceedings Subcommittee, 2013

Hillsborough County Bar Association
       Co-Chairman, Law Week Committee, 2003-2005
       Chairman, Membership Committee, 2001
       Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 2001
       (Co-Chairman, Subcommittee on Inclusiveness), 1999-2000
       Member, Public Relations Oversight Committee (“Briefly Speaking” Project)
       (Co-Chairman, Article Subcommittee), 2001

       Member, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2005-2010, 2015
       Board Member At-Large, 2005
Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges
       Member, Education Section, 2003-2005
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
       Chairman, First Appearance Court Committee, 2004
       Co-Chairman, Professionalism Committee, 2006-2009

Adjunct Professor, Stetson Law School

Mentor, Judicial Mentor Program
Tampa Bay Inn of Court, 2003-2013
Military Officers Association of America
American Legion
Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency
1999 Recipient of the Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven, Ben G. Watts Award for Ethical Leadership and Integrity
2003 Recipient of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Chapter 1, Distinguished Service Award (Judicial)
2005 Recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Robert Patton Outstanding Jurist Award
Certified County and Circuit Civil Mediator


Supreme Court of Florida
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
United States Army Court of Military Review