Join Us for a Celebrate of Justice Lewis's Legal & Judicial Career

The legal community from all over the state will come together on Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, at the Coral Gables Country Club to celebrate the distinguished career of Justice R. Fred Lewis after his recent retirement from the Florida Supreme Court. You are invited to join your friends, colleagues, and the rest of Florida's legal community as we all celebrate the distinguished career and retirement of Justice Lewis. 

      April 18, 2019

     Justice R. Fred Lewis Retirement Celebration Dinner

     Coral Gables Country Club, Coral Gables   Reception 5:30 pm    Dinner 7:00 pm

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        Sponsorship Opportunities for the Celebration 

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We also look forward to seeing you at these Upcoming Retirement Celebrations

May 17, 2019

Justice Peggy Quince Retirement Celebration Reception

Floridan Palace Hotel, Downtown Tampa

Reception only 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Details, registration and sponsorship opportunities a  

June 8, 2019

Justice Barbara Pariente Retirement Celebration

Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach

The sit-down dinner event will be held in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the Palm Beach Legal Aid Society at

In 2014, Ruth McDonald was presented with Honorary Life Member Award

Also pictured are former Justice Parker Lee McDonald and Kelly O’Keefe

Velma Ruth McDonald   1928 - 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Ruth McDonald, wife of Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald passed away last week at the age of 90. Ruth was the Historical Society’s most loyal, ardent and cherished member and Trustee. She served as the Society’s Treasurer for more than a decade, an active Member on many of the Society’s Committees starting back in the 1980’s, and was named an Honorary Lifetime Trustee in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Tallahassee on Monday, April 15, 2019 beginning at 11:30 am, with a reception to follow in Moor Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Trinity United Methodist Church or to the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.

Read more about Ruth McDonald


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.

Notice of Accepting Nominations


The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is seeking judges, lawyers, law teachers or other eminently qualified citizens to serve on its Board of Trustees. Trustees will be elected by the members of the Society at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Bar in Boca Raton June 27th, 2019.

The Board meets twice a year, including once at the Florida Bar Annual Meeting. Its members are invited to participate each year in the Society’s “centerpiece event,” A Supreme Evening, the annual reception and dinner in Tallahassee which is attended by governmental leaders, judges, attorneys, educators, and special guests. The event has attracted large, enthusiastic audiences and has featured prominent keynote speakers, including former Governors and Supreme Court Justices.

The Society is a working Board and has many active committees, potential Trustees are asked to consider...

Learn more about Nominations to become a Historical Society Trustee 

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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 ...

To learn more about Volume III

     Volume III is On-Sale

The Supreme Court of Florida

A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1987

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

Read this and earlier editions of the Historical Review  

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