2018 Message from the President
Edward G. GUEDES

The 2018-19 calendar of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is well underway, and to describe the coming 10 months as merely exciting (and somewhat overwhelming) would do a disservice to the events and individuals involved. The most evident and consequential of events occurring over the next several months involves the Supreme Court’s transition as three of its sitting justices – Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince – retire in January 2019 after decades of remarkable service to the Court, the judiciary and the citizens of Florida. The Society is already well underway planning the retirement celebrations of these storied jurists; and while I am not at liberty to disclose the details of those celebrations at this time, I can assure you all that many people will be able to partake in the regional celebrations that will be taking place in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Palm Beach Counties.

Of course, with the retirement of these justices comes the arrival of three individuals to fill those positions. Usually, the arrival of a single justice generates a fair amount of fanfare, with celebrations, an investiture and the commissioning of a new portrait. Suffice it to say that the Society has never previously processed the arrival of three new members of the Court at the same time, but we embrace the challenge and will be working closely with Chief Justice Canady and Court staff to welcome the new justices and make the transition as seamless as possible. Naturally, the Society will be sending out invitations and reminding everyone of pertinent dates to save on their calendars.

And, finally, we are preparing for our annual dinner, A Supreme Evening, which is scheduled to take place on February 7, 2019 – a little later than usual. As in preceding years, the event will be held at the University Center Club in Tallahassee. We can announce at this time that the Society is honored to host former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore “Ted” Olson, who has graciously agreed to be the keynote speaker for the event. Mr. Olson is a captivating speaker with a remarkable career that has spanned some of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court cases of the last 25 years, including Bush v. Gore and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which overturned California’s Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban. As one might imagine, the dinner will be one of the toughest tickets in town, so I encourage one and all to mark their calendars and commit early to attend.

As always, the Society welcomes any and all individuals to become members and support the Society’s important mission of preserving the history of the Florida Supreme Court and educating the citizens of Florida as to the crucial role of the judiciary in our democracy. If you are not a member and wish to join, reach out to us through our website at www.flcourthistory.org. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at this year’s coming events.


Edward G. Guedes


Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

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