Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
A Supreme Evening 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Keynote Speaker for

A Supreme Evening
is Hilarie Bass
President of the American Bar Association and Co-President of Greenberg Traurig LLP


The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner, 'A Supreme Evening', Florida’s premier judicial event with the well-earned reputation in the state’s legal community as the “must attend event” of the year.


This year's dinner will be held on January 25th.  A prolific trial attorney with a highly successful 30-plus year career, our keynote presenter Hilarie Bass is known for her leadership and her philanthropy.  The Greenberg Traurig co-president is one of the most prominent women attorneys in the United States, and helps oversee the multi-practice firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys across 38 offices worldwide.  She is currently president of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members.


Hilarie has successfully represented high-profile corporate clients in jury and non-jury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. She has worked and settled more than 100 cases, tried more than 20 cases to conclusion, and argued numerous appeals. In recognition of that success, she was inducted into The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mentoring others in the legal field and giving back to the community has always been a top priority for Hilarie.  She has led top legal and community organizations and received numerous prestigious awards for her achievements.  She is also known for her generous fi
nancial support of her alma mater, the University of Miami Law School.

Lifetime Achievement Award


The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will honor John "Jack" F. Harkness, Jr. with its

 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Dinner.


Jack Harkness, after serving 37 years as executive director of the Florida Bar, is retiring as the nation's longest-serving executive director.  He is also this year's recipient of the Florida Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor, it's highest distinction.


He shepherded the Bar through many changes, including its transition to electronic filing, ensuring appropriate checks and balances were in place.

Event Details:

Thursday,  January 25, 2018

     5:30 pm Reception ~ Champion Club Level on 4th Floor

     7:00 pm Dinner and keynote presentation by Hilarie Bass, 

                     President of the American Bar Association


Event Location             

University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium

Florida State University Campus

403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304


Individual Dinner Tickets are $95 on or before January 10, 2018

After January 10, 2018 are $115 and $135 at the door, if still available


Event and Table Sponsorships are also available. This Annual Dinner is the main fundraiser for the Historical Society. The Society uses these funds to educate the public about the work of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms, and to preserve and honor the history of the Supreme Court of Florida.  We invite you to sponsor this event by registering online or submitting a sponsorship form to us by mail, email at admin@flcourthistory.org, or fax 850-201-2947.


Please support our efforts by sponsoring or attending the Annual Dinner, and by joining FSCHS.

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