The Keynote Speaker for A Supreme Evening

is Hilarie Bass

President of the American Bar Association and Co-President of Greenberg Traurig LLP

The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner, 'A Supreme Evening', Florida’s premier judicial event with the well-earned reputation in the state’s legal community as the “must attend event” of the year.

This year's dinner will be held on January 25th.  A prolific trial attorney with a highly successful 30-plus year career, our keynote presenter Hilarie Bass is known for her leadership and her philanthropy. The Greenberg Traurig co-president, and is currently president of the American Bar Association.

The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will honor John "Jack" F. Harkness, Jr. with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Dinner. 

Jack Harkness, after serving 37 years as executive director of the Florida Bar, is retiring as the nation's longest-serving executive director.  

He is also this year's recipient of the Florida Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor, it's highest distinction.

To attend or sponsor the dinner 

History of the Florida Supreme Court - Volume III is On-Sale

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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Justice Alan C. Lawson was sworn in as the 86th Justice

Justice Alan C. Lawson was sworn in as the 86th Justice of the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The investiture ceremony in the Florida Supreme Court Building began with a Judicial Procession of 50 plus robed judges from throughout Florida. This was a first for a court that was famously known for not wearing any kind of robes for more than a century, 

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

As I undertake the enormous privilege of serving as President of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, I have paused to consider what message I might appropriately communicate not only to our dedicated members, but to the Bench and Bar throughout the state as well. The first thing that came to mind is that I should acknowledge the tremendous debt of gratitude owed to my immediate predecessors, Kelly O’Keefe and Sylvia Walbolt, under whose leadership and tireless efforts the Society has developed and begun to implement an historic five-year plan. In addition to continuing the fundamental mission of the Society to preserve and protect the

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The Celebration of Justice Perry's Career & Retirement was a Well Attended Success.

Justice Perry’s Retirement Dinner held on April 13 in Orlando, was a resounding success. Justice Perry and his family were very pleased with, and thanked the Society for hosting the event.  Twenty-two other voluntary Bar Associations Justice & Dr. Perryjoined the Society in showing their support for Justice Perry. The long list of Bar Associations on the attached program demonstrates the broad scope of Justice Perry’s positive impact and exemplifies the tremendous diversity that exists in the Central Florida legal . . .

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Justices' Portraits Debuted

The Supreme Court portrait gallery is housed in the Courtroom, adjoining hallway and the Lawyers' Lounge. At the Annual Dinner, the FSCHS commissioned portraits of Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Justice Charles T. Canady, Justice Ricky Polston, and Justice James E.C. Perry were revealed. 

The 2017 Issues of the FSCHS Magazine are Now Available Online

Current and past issues of our outstanding publications are now available online thanks to the Historical Society's continued dedication to educating the public about the Florida Supreme Court's role and and preserving its history.

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