The Historical Society is excited to announce that our keynote presenter for A Supreme Evening 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. He will tailor his presentation to include a historical view of American presidents’ professionalism and leadership.

This premier judicial event will be a live interactive broadcast on January 28, 2021, with simultaneous streaming on multiple online platforms. This professionally produced format guarantees that it will be easy to access, hassle-free to attend, and NOT another weekday Zoom meeting.

Additional details on 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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 A Supreme Evening 2020 Another Supreme Success 

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A Supreme Evening 2020


Florida's Premier Judicial Dinner Event that was held on January 30, 2020 at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, FL.

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

The Fall/Winter Edition of The Historical Review 

  • Chief Justice Canady Provides Insight on Florida’s Judicial Management Council
  • The Historic Joint Investiture of Justices Luck and Muñiz
  • Justice Lawson’s Service in Honduras
  • Supreme Court Receives Photo Collection from Renowned Photographer Donn Dughi

  • Law Students in Florida Supreme Court Internship Program Obtain Real Life Experience

  • FSU Law’s Summer for Undergraduates Visits the Court

  • The Society’s New Judicial Membership Option for Judges

To read this edition and earlier editions of the Historical Review  

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

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

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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Supreme Evening

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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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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