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.

Please be on the lookout for updates on the presenting speaker and the format for the event. We hope that we can count on you, our valued members, for generous support of the Society for this one-of-a-kind virtual event.

The news of Judge Jamie R. Grosshans’ appointment to serve as the Court’s 91st justice came this summer from Governor Ron DeSantis. The Society looks forward to welcoming Justice Grosshans and celebrating her investiture along with the investiture of Justice John D. Couriel.

Our members may have noticed the Society’s increased presence on social media during the pandemic shut down and thereafter. The Society’s goal is to share as much information as possible with our members and the public. Please follow the Society’s Facebook page at FLSupremeCourtHistoricalSociety and Twitter at @FlCourtHistory. As always, the Society looks for ways to preserve the Court’s history through artifact acquisitions, oral histories, and written publications. Please contact the Society directly if you would like to submit an article for consideration or have historical artifacts from the Florida Supreme Court that you would like to donate.

As we look forward toward the impending Presidential election and the issues already being raised by the candidates, perhaps a look back to Bush v. Gore can provide some guidance as to what areas and arguments may help or hinder the result. Please enjoy the magazine.


Jonathan F. Claussen


Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

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