The Florida Bar


January 23, 2014
Francine A. Walker;,
The Florida Bar
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The Honorable Emily A. Peacock, of the 13th Judicial Circuit, Tampa, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services, will be presented by Chief Justice Ricky Polston at a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.

Judge Peacock was elected to the bench in November 2006 and has been assigned to the Family Law and Juvenile Dependency divisions. Immediately before her election, she was a partner at Peacock Law Firm, P. A., with her husband, Mike Peacock, practicing general litigation, class action and other complex litigation. Judge Peacock began her career as an assistant state attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit and continued as an assistant state attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit. Thereafter, Judge Peacock served as a senior attorney for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, where she worked with child protective investigators seeking dependency status of abused, neglected or abandoned children.

Judge Peacock spends considerable time mentoring attorneys and judges, speaking to voluntary bar groups and volunteering in the classroom or mock trial practices at law schools.

Judge Peacock is actively involved with the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She chaired a past Law Day luncheon and has co-chaired several Bench-Bar conferences for the organization. Judge Peacock has been a member of the board of directors of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers since 2007. She helped HAWL secure a grant to fund a CLE presentation to teach attorneys how to volunteer their time to Florida Kinship Care, a program that assists relative caregivers of minor children.

Her other affiliations include: The George Edgecomb Bar Association; J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court; and Family Law Inn of Court. Judge Peacock has served as a member of the 13th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee since 2007. She’s a member of the Tampa Oratorio Singers and her church choir.

In 2012, Judge Peacock was the recipient of the Leaders in the Law Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Making a Difference Award from the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Judge Peacock received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1980.

This year's awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, young lawyer, law firm and voluntary bar pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Florida. The program will be broadcast taped-delayed at a later date. Check local cable listings for details and the Florida Supreme Court Gavel to Gavel Video Portal at


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[Revised: 12-23-2014]