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....

2019 Summer/Fall Edition of The Historical Review 

  • Justice Lewis's Retirement Celebration in Miami 
  • Justice Quince's Retirement Celebration in Tampa
  • Justice Pariente's Retirement Celebration in West Palm Beach 
  • Marshal's Office Receives Prestigious Accreditation
  • A Supreme Evening 2019
  • Governor DeSantis Appoints Justice Barbara Lagoa
  • The Leadership of Justice Luck
  • The Addition of Justice Muñiz

  • Remembering Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte

  • In Memoriam: Ruth McDonald

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Sandy D'Alemberte received the Historical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.    Read more about Sandy at Article

View his "Celebration of Life" at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte  1933 - 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that a pillar of the Legal Community, Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, passed away on the Monday afternoon of May 21, 2019 at the age of 85.  He was a man of great wisdom, warmth, and integrity.  Among his many accomplishments, in academics, law, and politics, he was a long time and active supporter of the Supreme Court Historical Society for decades, serving as president in 1990-1991 and receiving our Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2015.

His continued devotion to the law, the Florida judiciary, the legal profession, and to public service, as well as his outstanding character and ethics, are deserving of this Society's greatest appreciation and highest honor. 

Visitation for family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday, June 4 in the D’Alemberte Rotunda at the FSU College of Law.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, June 5 in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall located in the Westcott building on Florida State University campus, with a reception to follow.

Both remembrances are open to the public

We also look forward to seeing you at these Upcoming Supreme Court Events

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Induction of New Attorneys

Florida Supreme Court Building, Tallahassee

500 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Pro Bono Awards

Florida Supreme Court Building, Tallahassee

500 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 5:30 pm

A Supreme Evening 2020

University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium

Florida State University Campus

403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304

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

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 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

2019 Message From the President Edward G. Guedes

It is without any sense of irony that I can affirmatively state that the past six months at the Florida Supreme Court have, in fact, been “historic(al).”  At no time in the 79 years since the Florida Supreme Court’s membership was increased to seven justices have three justices left the Court at precisely the same time, as occurred in January of this year with the retirements of Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince.  What’s more, those retirements coincided to the day with the swearing in of a new governor, Ron DeSantis, who almost immediately upon entering office, was required to appoint new justices to fill the three vacancies.

Read the rest of the President's Message 


Supreme Evening

another Supreme Success

On February 7, 2019 the Historical Society held its annual dinner event, A Supreme Evening with a record breaking attendance of over 500 guests. Barry Richard introduced the Keynote presenter, Ted Olson. We were also honored to have Gov, Ron DeSantis on hand to introduce the three new Florida Supreme Court Justices he had appointed. Chief Justice Charles Canady provided his insights with an update on the state of the Supreme Court.

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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.

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2018 Summer/Fall Edition of The Historical Review 

  • Under the Dome
  • Dobson Portrait Acquisition
  • Judge Barkett's Life Following the Supreme Court 
  • Justice Lewis's Roots and Legacy
  • Letter from Hank Coxe on his Service on the CRC
  • Supreme Evening 2018
  • Review of Book on the LIfe and Career of Former Justice Kogan
  • Chief Justice Labarga on His Role in Bush v. Gore

  • Judge Robert Hilliard of Santa Rosa County Shares a Colorful Narrative of a 1948 County Court Judges Conference in Key West and Havana   Once A Year

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