Florida Supreme Court Historical Review Magazine

Published annually by the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society works to save and maintain for future generations the records of the people and events that have shaped the evolution of Florida’s court system from the early 1800s, through the 20th Century, and beyond. The Society is committed to making sure people understand the importance of a strong, independent judiciary in our governmental balance of power. This publication has been sponsored by the members of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.


2017 Spring/Summer Issue


From the President

   By Kelly O'Keefe

Under the Dome

   By Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Justice Barbara P. Pariente: A Woman of Valor

The History of the Florida Spreme Court, Volume 0

   By Professor M.C. Mirow

William P. Duval: Lawyer, Judge and Governor

   By Professor James M Denham

The Bench, The Bar, and LGBT Attorneys:

Retrospective on In Re Florida Board of Bar Examiners

   By Judge Robert W. Lee

A Tribute in Honor of Justice James E.C. Perry

The Florida Supreme Court Welcomes Justice C. Alan Lawson

The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society's Archiving Project

   By Erik Robinson, Kristen Diot and Melanie Kalmanson

A Tribute to Janet Reno

   By Sandy D'Alemberte

Justice Parker McDonald on the  "Journey Toward Justice"


2016 Spring/Summer Issue


From the President

   By Kelly O’Keefe


Under the Dome

   By Chief Justice Jorge Labarga


The Evolution of Women’s Rights in Florida:

From Injustice to Supreme Court Justice

   By Sylvia H. Walbolt and Christine Davis Graves


In Memory of Former Chief Justice Leander J. Shaw

   September 6, 1930 - December 14, 2015


Farewell to a Good Friend of the Historical Society

   by Stanley Rosenblatt


Judge Pleasant W. White:

Acting Associate Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

   By Judge Robert W. Lee, Broward County Court Judge


Dissent and the Supreme Court

A Review of Melvin Urofsky’s Dissent and the Supreme Court

   By Susan Rosenblatt


From Debtors’ Prisons to the CFPB:

A Historical Perspective of the Debt Collection Industry

   By Shaun Ertischek


An update on Volume III of the

History of the Florida Supreme Court

   By Neil Skeene

2015 Spring/Summer Issue


From the President

   By Sylvia Walbolt

Update on the FSCHS Merit Selection and Retention Project

   By Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt


Under the Dome

   By Chief Justice Jorge Labarga


Railroads, Recusals, Rehearings, and Some Lessons in the Separation of Powers

   Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund v. Bailey (1862-63)

   By Justice Charles T. Canady

3 Unlikely Allies Moved Reform of Courts THrough '71 Legislature

   By Neil Skeene

Oldish Cases of 1915: A Review of Century-Old Florida Supreme Court Cases and a Discussion of Their Continued Relevance

   By Joseph H. Lang, Jr. 

Six Amendments - How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

   A Review of John Paul Stevens' "Six Amendments-How and Why We Should    Change the Constitution

   By Joseph H. Lang, Jr. 

My Path to the Court: Justice Perry shares his Inspiring Life Story

   By Justice James E. C. Perry 

A Conversation with Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte

   By Sylvia Walbolt

2017 Historical Review

2016 Historical Review

2015 Historical Review

2014 Spring/Summer Issue


From the President

   By Miles A. McGrane, III

Chief Justice Polston’s Family Commitment to Children

   By Dan Hoffman

   Florida’s Forgotten Execution

The Strange Case of Celia and the Unfortunate Fate of her Family

   By H. Franklin Robbins, Jr. and Steven G. Mason

       Extended Edition of Celia Article for download 


Justice Ben F. Overton: Confronting His Own Prior Decisions

   A Detailed Account of Justice Ben F. Overton’s Time on the Florida        Supreme Confronting His Own Prior Decisions.

   By Joseph H. Lang, Jr.

Devil in the Grove

   A Review of Gilbert King’s Devil in the Grove.

   By Bruce Rogow

Free Press in 1940s Florida: Pennekamp v. Florida

   A Look at the Miami Herald’s Struggle for Freedom of Speech in the 1940s.

   By Judge Scott D. Makar

2014 Historical Review

2013 Spring/Summer Issue


From the President
  By Hank Coxe

Under the Dome
   By Former Chief Justice Charles T. Canady

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
    The Florida Supreme Court deals with the aftermath of the wreck of the        steamboat


   By Sylvia H. Walbolt and Daniel R. Walbolt, Sr.

When Politics Undermine Judicial Independence
    A review of Scorpions (it.): The battles and triumphs of FDR's great U.S.         Supreme Court justices. By Susan Rosenblatt, Esq.

Florida Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Dinner - 2012
   Guest speaker, Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States,         Neal Katyal, gave a detailed account of his defense of Salim Ahmed          Hamdan, accused terrorist with alleged ties to Osama bin Laden, at the 2010 annual dinner.

Update on the Third Installment of The History of the Florida Supreme Court
   Neil Skene provides a glimpse of his upcoming novel regarding the   

   Florida Supreme Court's history from 1972 to the present.

2013 Historical Review

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