2017 Message from the President
Edward G. GUEDES

Whatever the pressures of our profession and the world in general, the holiday season represents an opportunity for all of us to reflect upon the blessings for which we should all be immensely grateful. As lawyers and judges, we are privileged to fulfill an important role in sustaining our democracy and in responding to those in need. The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society does its part, not only in preserving the history of the Florida Supreme Court as an institution, but in continuously educating Florida residents as to the crucial role played by the judiciary in our state in resolving disputes, protecting individual rights, and maintaining order.

Notwithstanding this weighty mission – or perhaps precisely because of it – it is appropriate that we occasionally gather together to celebrate our successes and acknowledge our good fortune. Accordingly, I want to extend a personal invitation to each and every one of you to join the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court and the Society’s trustees on January 25, 2018 for the Society’s annual dinner, A Supreme Evening. Details relating to the event, including attendance and possible sponsorships, are available online at www.flcourthistory.org. You can also call the Society’s office at 850-201-2622 with any questions you may have. Our staff will gladly share their holiday cheer.

Finally, in the spirit of the holiday season, the Society has decided to make available to the public at a substantial discount its third volume of the history of the Florida Supreme Court, The Supreme Court of Florida – A Journey Towards Justice 1972-1987. This wonderfully written history makes a terrific holiday gift for friends and family who share an interest in Florida’s history and the legal profession. Information about obtaining a copy of the volume may also be obtained at the Society’s website indicated above or by calling the Society’s office.

On behalf of the Society and its trustees, I want to wish you all a very joyous and healthy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you all at the annual dinner on January 25, 2018.


Edward G. Guedes


Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

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