Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Florida Bar
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A Supreme Evening 2020 Another Supreme Success
A Message From the President Jonathan Claussen
The Florida Supreme Court has seen unprecedented change in its makeup this past year, just as we all have seen unprecedented change in the way we live our day-to-day lives due to COVID-19 and the resulting state-wide shut down.
As we slowly begin to emerge from this worldwide crisis, I look back on the unique events that have taken place during this period. The Florida Supreme Court held its first oral argument via Zoom video conference in May 2020, Chief Justice Canady suspended jury trials through July 2020, the Court’s Public Information Office facilitated virtual tours of the Supreme Court building, and judges across the State have adapted to our “new normal” by holding proceedings in various new formats.
Likewise, I encourage you to check out our newly redesigned Historical Review Magazine is a first for the Society, not only due to the fresh new look, but also because it marks the first bi- annual edition of the magazine. The Society partnered with The Florida Bar for this issue of the Historical Review in honoring the Bar’s 70th anniversary. Many of the enclosed articles reflect and honor The Florida Bar’s storied past. Many thanks to the tireless efforts of our magazine editor, Melanie Kalmanson, in spearheading this project for the Society.
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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
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.
Sandy D'Alemberte received the Historical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Read more about Sandy at
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.
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
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.
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.
2019 Summer/Fall Edition of The Historical Review
IN THIS EDITION
- 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
To read this edition and earlier editions of the Historical Review
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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