John “Jack” F. Harkness
2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society was pleased to honor John “Jack” F. Harkness, Jr., Executive Director of the Florida Bar for past 37 years with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Supreme Evening the Society's annual dinner event on January 23, 2018 at the University Center Club in Tallahassee.
The award was presented to him by Historical Society Trustee, Leonard Gilbert, past president of The Florida Bar, who presided when Mr. Harkness was hired to be the executive director in the early 1980s.
Mr. Harkness was recognized for his decades of dedication to Florida’s court system, the state’s legal community and his unwavering support for the preservation of Florida’s Supreme Court history.
2017 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society posthumously honored Janet Reno with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Supreme Evening the Society's annual dinner event.
Janet Reno was a warrior for justice and inspired innovator. She served as a role model and mentor to anyone with whom she dealt.
She was genuine, extraordinarily wise, and loved everyone -- above all our children. Few have blessed this nation, and those in public service, with a greater legacy of commitment to integrity and appreciation for America’s magnificent resources.
She was a valued member of this Historical Society for many years. Ms. Reno's Sister, Maggy Hurchalla, accepted the award on her behalf.
Judge Rosemary Barkett
Rosemary Barkett the 71st justice of the Florida Supreme Court was the first woman to serve on the court and the first female chief justice. In September of 2013 she was appointed as a U.S. member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, prior to her World Court appointment she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, an appointment she held since 1994.