The Historical Society is excited to announce that our keynote presenter for A Supreme Evening 2021 will be Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian. Mr. Meacham is well known for his ability to bring historical context to today’s issues and events. In keeping with this year’s event theme of Professionalism and Leadership. Mr. Meacham has agreed to tailor his presentation to provide a historical view of American presidents and their approach to these concepts.

A Supreme Evening 2021 is the premier judicial event of the year, but due to the current situation, it will be a live interactive broadcast on January 28, 2021. Florida Bar Members that are registered attendees will earn one hour of CLE credit in Professionalism or CJE credit in Ethics for Florida Judges.

Other Event Highlights

  • The State of The Court -- Chief Justice Charles Canady
  • Introduction and comments from recently appointed Supreme Court Justices John D. Couriel and Jamie R. Grosshans
  • Presentation of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The live broadcast format of this year’s A Supreme Evening 2021 event provides an easy to access, hassle-free way to join your peers and colleagues in hearing from the Supreme Court’s leadership, learning from Jon Meacham, the night’s keynote speaker and celebrating the rich history of the Florida Supreme Court.

Register today to reserve a space at the event and to qualify to earn one-hour of accredited CLE credit in Professionalism or CJE in Ethics for Florida Judges by attending. You must be registered by January 27th, 2021, to receive the CLE or CJE credit.     

Register Online Now                 For additional details and to register for A Supreme Evening 2021

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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A Message From the President Jonathan Claussen

As our state and nation prepare for the upcoming Presidential election, our Fall/Winter issue of the Historical Review magazine commemorates the 20-year anniversary of Bush v. Gore and Florida’s role in the 2000 election.

We hope you will enjoy the articles and features related to this important time in our nation’s history and its potential impact on the election to come. A heartfelt thanks to our Historical Society Trustee and magazine editor, Melanie Kalmanson, for her efforts in compiling this issue of our magazine from an impressive group of authors. The Society is proud and honored that so many of the living Justices that served on the bench in 2000—Justices Wells, Harding, Anstead, Pariente, and Quince— have contributed their thoughts and memories of the historic events 20 years ago. You will also read some surprising insights from Craig Waters, the Court’s Public Information Officer, and Tom Hall, the Court’s Clerk, into how the 2000 election changed Florida’s judicial system forever.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused each of us to adjust the way our day-to-day life is led and the Court has constantly juggled the safety of our state’s citizens with the right of access to the courts. We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during this unprecedented period in our lives. As we all continue to adapt and adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society has made the decision to hold its annual event, A Supreme Evening 2021, in a virtual fashion...

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Spring/Summer 2020 Issue of The Historical Review

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Florida Bar


  • Chief Justice Charles Canady Message: Keep the Courts Open
  • 70 Years of The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar Complex
  • The Florida Bar Exam
  • The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
  • The Florida Bar’s Cuban-American Lawyers Program
  • History of the Florida Bar Board of Examiners
  • Court Hosts Online Oral Arguments During Pandemic
  • A Supreme Evening 2020
  • Court Hosts FSU Law Moot Court

 The Historic Joint Investitures of Justice Luck & Justice Muñiz

In a first since the Florida Supreme Court was established in 1846, the Court held a joint investiture for its two newest Supreme Court Justices—Robert Luck and Carlos Muñiz. Guests had “an opportunity to witness a moment in Florida history as it happens,” said Chief Justice Charles Canady.

The event was standing room only and had an impressive cadre of guests, including Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody....

The Court Receives Gift of Donn Dughi's Photo Collection 

The Florida Supreme Court recently received an impressive photo collection by renowned photojournalist Donn Dughi. For decades, sitting on the floor in front of them and amidst the flowers, pomp, circumstance, Governor, Cabinet, Senators, and Representatives was Donn Dughi, like a timeless fixture, capturing it all through the lens of his camera. Donn got photos of the Justices on the front row like no one else.

Read more and view Donn Dughi Photo Collection

Investiture of The Honorable Barbara Lagoa 
as the Eighty Seventh Justice of The Supreme Court of Florida

On May 10, 2019 Barbara Lagoa's Investiture at the Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, FL was held. The event had a wonderful reception with hors d'oeuvres and mingling. Florida Governor, Ron Desantis, was in attendance and briefly took the podium to speak a few words on his appointment of Justice Lagoa to the bench. Several of Justice Lagoa's peers shared memories about their time and experiences while knowing her. Justice Barbara Lagoa was surrounded by her family, loved ones, and life long colleagues while her transition onto the court was celebrated. 

View the Photo Gallery of Justice Lagoa's Investiture

Justice Barbara J. Pariente’s

Legal and Judicial Career Celebration

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society invited the legal community on Saturday, June 8th for an evening of reminiscing and celebration of Justice Pariente’s recent retirement from the Florida Supreme Court.  

The event will took place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.  It began at 6:00 PM with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, mingling with Justice Pariente, and a one of a kind auction. Dinner and awards followed at 7:30 PM.

Justice Quince's Legal & Judicial Career Celebration on May 17th

The legal community from all over the state came together on Friday evening May 17, 2019, at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Downtown Tampa for a cocktail reception to celebrate the distinguished career of Justice Peggy Quince after her recent retirement from the Florida Supreme Court.

 Justice Quince requested that her celebration be a cocktail reception, which would allowed  her to mingle, say “hello,” and meet with all the guests at the event. Doors opened at 5:30 PM for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

In addition to the mingling, the cocktails, and great food, there was a jazz quartet to provide a warm musical background for the evening. Guests also had the opportunity to record a short video of themselves for Justice Quince, in which they were welcome to share their favorite story that involved Justice Quince, thank her for her contribution to Florida's Judiciary and the State of Florida, or just congratulate her on her retirement. 

        View the Photo Gallery from Justice Quince's Celebration

Justice Lewis's Legal & Judicial Career Celebration

The legal community from all over the state came together on April 18, 2019, in Coral Gables, Florida, to celebrate the distinguished career of Justice R. Fred Lewis after his recent retirement from the Florida Supreme Court.

Justice Lewis was able to enjoy this celebration in his honor alongside his family, including his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, and granddaughters. He was also joined by much of Florida's legal and judicial community who admire and appreciate the work he has put into the state of Florida throughout his tenure as a Supreme Court Justice and his prior specialization in civil and appellate litigation.

View the Photo Gallery of Justice Lewis's Retirement Celebration

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The Supreme Court of Florida   - A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1987  

Volume III describes the court during its most tumultuous years. Amid he upheaval of the civil rights moment, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, the story begins with reform in the entire Florida court system. It includes the court’s first black justice, Joseph Hatchett; Governor Reubin Askew’s new system for merit selection of justices; and revision of Article V, the section of the state constitution dealing with the judiciary.

Neil Skene moves on to cover landmark court decisions; the introduction of cameras in court; changes to media law, personal injury law, and family ...

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