Fall/Winter Issue of the Historical Review

For close to two centuries, very few details existed about Florida’s fourth Supreme Court Justice, George Macrae, who served for one year in 1847.

The lack of particulars included what he looked like, where he came from and what happened after leaving the bench. Adding to the mystery is the eerie portrait hanging in the Supreme Court building with his name. The picture commissioned in the 1980s was to be painted based on images of his descendants. Years later, the aging artist revealed she could not find pictures to use and painted a portrait of her uncle instead.

However, this lack of historical knowledge changed when Parkland attorney Kenneth Cutler volunteered to use his finely honed historical detective skills to solve the mystery. Cutler scoured 19th-century newspapers, surveys, census records from multiple states to uncover the details of Macrae’s colorful life that played out on both coasts of the US.

Magazine Cover Fall 2021

You can read about the uncovered mystery of one of Florida’s original Supreme Court Justices and much more in Fall/Winter issue of the Historical Review magazine.

  • The Way We Were: The Supreme Court Photographs of Mark Foley
  • FSCHS Facilitates Donation in Memory of Judge Van Nortwick's Charitable Legacy
  • Donation of a 1960s Watercolor Depiction of the Supreme Court Building
  • Ask an Archivist
  • Remembering Justice Stephen H Grimes
  • Mystery Solved: Justice George W Macrae
  • Farewell to a Beloved Friend of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society: Susan Rosenblatt
  • FSU Law Students Benefit from Courses Taught by Justices
  • What a Life! A Former Clerk Remembers Justice Joseph W Hatchett



A Supreme Evening 2022

Please  plan to join the Florida Supreme Court Justices, along with your friends, colleagues, and other judiciary members, at A Supreme Evening 2022 on our new date of April 7, 2022.

The Evening will live up to its well-earned reputation in the state’s legal community as the year’s “must-attend event,” with Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht providing the keynote. Hecht was elected to the state’s Court in 1988 and has served as Chief Justice since 2013.   

He is the Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Chief Justices. As Chief Justice, he is a passionate supporter of access to justice by seeking funds for essential legal services for the less fortunate, veterans, and victims of domestic abuse.

A Supreme Evening  - Thursday, April 7, 2022

      5:30 pm Reception ~ Champions Club Level

      7:00 pm Dinner with Special Presentations, and Keynote 


University Center Club 403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304


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Justice John Couriel is the most fully “invested” justice to ceremonially join the Florida Supreme Court in its 175-year history. Sort of a veteran inductee.

As Chief Justice Charles Canady noted in introductory remarks, Couriel’s October 7 ceremonial investiture came 16 months after he actually joined the court, the intervening delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is the 90th investiture to occur in a history that now stretches back 175 years,” the chief justice noted. “It is the first investiture in this court’s history to be delayed because of a pandemic.”That pause didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Couriel’s family, friends, former colleagues, and others who packed the court to sing his praises and poke more than a little good-natured fun at the justice.



Former Florida  Chief Justice and Trustee of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Stephen H. Grimes, died at the age of 93 on Friday, September 10th. Justice Grimes was the 72nd Florida Supreme Court Justice, serving on the Court from 1987 to 1997 and as Chief Justice from 1994 to 1996

Florida Supreme Court Historical Society President Scott Rost recalls, “I was admitted to the Bar during Justice Grimes’ tenure on the Court and was developing my litigation practice while he served as Chief Justice. I recall Justice Grimes well as a thoughtful jurist who ushered the Florida Supreme Court through the 1990s during a time of evolving technology and increasing demands on practitioners.

He promoted professionalism, congeniality and respect for the law within the legal community and the broader public.” 

In late 1994, Justice Grimes authorized placement of a website for the Florida Supreme Court on the nascent World-Wide Web, becoming one of the first courts in the world with an official web presence.



During Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual business meeting, the Trustees elected a new slate of Officers and Trustees for the 2021-2021 year. The Society selected Scott R. Rost, a partner/shareholder with Brennan, Manna & Diamond, P. L., Orlando to serve as president to lead the organization’s Executive Committee.

Rost recently told the Florida Bar Journal in an interview that the society’s outreach and education mission, to “familiarize the public at large with the role of the courts, specifically the Florida Supreme Court, but also the other appellate and trial courts,” is more important than ever at a time when faith in institutions is falling and the public is sharply divided along partisan lines.


The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society held our annual “A Supreme Evening” fund-raising event virtually on January 28, and nearly 1,500 viewers watched the evening’s festivities on Zoom. The event lived up to its well-earned reputation as the “must-attend” event of the year for Florida's legal community. 

After remarks by Society President Jon Claussen and Master of Ceremonies Hank Coxe, the audience enjoyed interviews with the court’s newest Supreme Court justices, John D. Couriel and Jamie R. Grosshans.

Chief Justice Charles Canady offered his “State of the Court” address, focusing on the pandemic’s effect on the courts and Florida judiciary, the courts’ swift pivot to the use of remote technology and the trial courts’ backlog of unresolved cases. He also shared plans for a partnership with the Society to create a Judicial Learning Center inside the Court’s 175-year-old library to offer educational outreach and learning programs that draw on the court’s history. Justice Canady concluded with a reminder about the importance of the role of the courts in our system of constitutional government.

The Historical Society presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, who was selected by a unanimous vote of the 75-member board of directors. Following moving video clips from former Gov. Reuben Askew, Chesterfield Smith and 

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Fall/Winter 2020 Issue of the Historical Review

Bush v. Gore - 20 years later

The Fall/Winter 2020 Issue of our Historical Review magazine is dedicated to the 36 days after the 2000 Elections, when the world focused on the Florida Supreme Court's decisions of the cases now known as Bush v. Gore. This issue features articles from all perspectives, including journalists, attorneys from both sides and five of the seven Justices who were on the Florida Supreme Court during Bush v. Gore.

 Historical Review   

     Fall/winter 2020 Issue - Florida Elections 2000


  • The 2000 Election: a Chaotic Part of Florida’s past
  • Bush v. Gore in a Historical Perspective
  • Litigating History
  • Gore Team’s Recollections
  • 2020 Vision: Important Lessons from the 2000 Presidential Election
  • How Bush v. Gore Affected the Court
  • Bush v. Gore: Too Close to Call Election
  • Other Business Must Go On
  • Remembering Leander J. Shaw, Jr.

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