A Supreme Evening Was a Supreme Success  

The University Center Club was the perfect venue for the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s ‘must attend judicial socialHiliari Bass, ABA president event of the year,’ A Supreme Evening. This year’s event was held on January 25, 2018, in the Club’s reception area overlooking Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. Historical Society President, Ed Guedes, started the evening by cordially welcoming the more than 350 dinner guests, which included Chief Justice Labarga and Justices Pariente, Canady, and Lawson of the Supreme Court of Florida, as well as former Justices Stephen H. Grimes, Major B. Harding and Harry Lee Anstead. Several former Presidents of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, including Sandy D’Alemberte and Martha Barnett, also attended.

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Message from the Society's President,
Edward G. Guedes

As I near the end of my year as President of the Society – with the prospect of an extension of that term to a second year – I have cause to ponder what has taken place during these past twelve months and what we have to look forward to in the coming year. The Society remains a vibrant organization with phenomenal staff and a tremendous group of individuals comprising its Board of Trustees. Our staff each day excel in keeping the Society’s various moving parts in synch, while simultaneously interacting with the Florida Supreme Court and its staff in a seamless manner, all the while doing so with the most convivial disposition imaginable. Our trustees demonstrate a profound affection for the institution they serve, committing countless hours of their time to meetings and conferences calls all in furtherance of the Society’s important mission – all despite their hectic professional and personal schedules.

2018 Summer/Fall Edition of The 
Historical Review
is now available online

  • 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 SharesA Colorful Narrative of a 1948 County Court Judges Conference in Key West and Havana

Read this and more editions of  the Historical Review 

The Supreme Court of Florida - A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1987 describing the court during its most tumultuous years.Cover of Volume III Amid the upheaval of the civil rights movement, 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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The Supreme Court of Florida  A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1987

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