Activities and Achievements

Society's Exe. Director Receives Marshall Cassedy Service Award From Florida Bar President

Miller’s work helps to preserve the history of the Florida Supreme Court, including receiving artifacts for the archives, maintaining the justices’ Portrait Gallery, celebrating investitures and retirements of justices, and publishing the Historical Review magazine.

“I had the pleasure of knowing Marshall Cassedy as I started my career many years ago,” Miller said. “His gentle demeanor and willingness to generously share his time and wisdom with his colleagues made a positive and lasting impression on me.”

Some highlights of Miller’s service to the nonprofit organization include a substantial increases in membership involvement and financial stability and increased participation and notoriety of the organization’s primary annual fundraiser “A Supreme Evening.”

The award was established in 2012 following Cassedy’s death in 2011. Cassedy is remembered as extraordinary, forward thinking, dedicated, and professional.

“Marshall led the Bar (1961-1980) during pivotal change — lawyer advertising, constitutional revision of Article V, specialization/designation (the forerunner to the present certification program), cameras in the courtroom, and judicial merit selection and retention,” John F. Harkness, Jr., who is also a retired Florida Bar executive director, said in his memorial to Cassedy published in The Florida Bar Journal.

Joining Florida Supreme Court Historical Society President Scott Rost in the award nomination were Historical Society Trustees Tim Chinaris, Jonathan Claussen, Leonard Gilbert, and Scott Hawkins, and Florida Supreme Court Archivist Erik Robinson.

Miller’s past professional experience includes serving as executive director of the Professional Opticians of Florida, the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, the Florida Association of Professional Geologists, and the Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida.

Starting in college, as an intern, he worked his way up to vice president and partner of Harris Management Group, a Tallahassee firm representing professional organizations. In 2000, Mark opened his own firm — The Upgrade Center — to specialize in the unique needs of member-driven organizations.

Miller is a past president of the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives and was named its association executive in 1998. He is also a recipient of the Management Excellence Award from the Florida Society of Association Executives. He was a founding member of the Tallahassee 25, on the board of directors for Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity, and is a former chair of the Capital Tiger Bay Club.

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