NEW BOOK LAUNCH:

by FSCHS's Trustee, Mary Adkins, 

Making Modern Florida

How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution

Mid-twentieth-century Florida was a state in flux. Its explosive growth could be seen in rapidly burgeoning cities and suburbs, the development of the Kennedy Space Center during the space race, and the impending construction of Walt Disney World. Florida's antiquated 1885 constitution was no match for the dramatic changes that took place in the makeup of the state during this time.


Many people recognized the shortcomings of the old constitution and worked to overhaul it. However, a small group of rural legislators known as the "Pork Chop Gang" controlled the state and thwarted several attempts to modernize the constitution. But through court-imposed redistribution of legislators and the hard work of state leaders, the constitution was modernized and the executive branch was reorganized.


Message from the President, Kelly O'Keefe

Dear Members and Friends of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society,

 

The Supreme Court Historical Society has moved in leaps and bounds over the last few years in furtherance of its mission to preserve and honor the rich history of the Florida Supreme Court.  We are very excited about our achievements and we are planting the seeds for many more to come.

          This year the Society is focused on two primary goals.  The first is increasing awareness of the Society and its mission and the second is building active and enthusiastic core committees equipped with the tools each needs to achieve its specific goals.  


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The 2016 Issues of the FSCHS Magazine and Newsletter are Now Available Online

Current and past issues of our two outstanding publications are now available online thanks to the Historical Society's continued dedication to educating the public about the Florida Supreme Court's role and and preserving its history.

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Archiving Justices' Papers Not a Moot Point 

The dust has settled in the Florida Supreme Court library for only a brief period of time, as student volunteers from Florida State University College of Law break from an archiving project to earn funds to participate in Moot Court competition. At the close of the final round of Moot Court, volunteers will resume archiving collections of justices’ papers that have been stored in their original acidic folders, overfilled, and in need of rearranging and long-term preservation.


To ensure these historic records would remain for generations to come, the Court began the process of upgrading the overstuffed, acidic accordion folders  ...


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Justices' Portraits Debuted

The Supreme Court portrait gallery is housed in the Courtroom, adjoining hallway and the Lawyers' Lounge. At the Annual Dinner, the FSCHS commissioned portraits of Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Justice Charles T. Canady, Justice Ricky Polston, and Justice James E.C. Perry were revealed. 

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