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The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce that former United States Solicitor General Theodore "Ted" Olson has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Supreme Evening event.
This annual dinner event is hosted by the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is Florida’s premier judicial event that will take place at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, on Thursday, February 7, 2019.
The event's keynote speaker, Mr. Ted Olson is one of the country’s most high-profile and widely respected litigators of the past 50 years. Mr. Olson is a Partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office; a longtime Member of the Firm's Executive Committee, and Founder of the Firm’s Crisis Management, Sports Law, and Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Groups.
Olson was Solicitor General of the United States during 2001-2004. From 1981-1984, he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. Except for those two intervals, he has been a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., since 1965.
His sixty-three Supreme Court arguments have included cases involving separation of powers; federalism; voting rights; the First Amendment; the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses; patents and copyrights; antitrust; taxation; property rights; punitive damages; the Commerce Clause; immigration; criminal law; securities; telecommunications; the internet; the 2000 presidential election (Bush v. Gore); campaign finance (McConnell v. FCC and Citizens United); same-sex marriage (Hollingsworth v. Perry); and other federal constitutional and statutory questions.
He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (2009 to the present), the Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society (2004 to the present); the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (2014 to the present), the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (2010 to the present), and the Board of Directors of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University (2017 to present). He previously served as a member of the President’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from 2006 until 2008. In 2010, he was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
He has twice received the Department of Justice’s Edmund J. Randolph Award, its highest award for service. He was also awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, that Department’s highest civilian award; and the American Bar Association Medal, that organization’s highest award.
He received his law degree in 1965 from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a Member of the California Law Review and Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific, where he was recognized as the outstanding graduating
Historical Society President, Edward Guedes remarked, "The 2019 Supreme Evening promises to be a very exciting dinner, and Mr. Olson's gracious participation is certain to make this event one of the most sought-after tickets on the legal calendar.”
Thursday, February 7, 2019
5:30 pm Reception ~ Champion Club Level on 4th Floor
7:00 pm Dinner and keynote presentation by Hilarie Bass,
President of the American Bar Association
University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium
Florida State University Campus
403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Individual Dinner Tickets are $95 on or before January 15, 2019
After January 15, 2019 are $115 and $135 at the door, if still available
Event and Table Sponsorships are also available. This Annual Dinner is the main fundraiser for the Historical Society. The Society uses these funds to educate the public about the work of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms, and to preserve and honor the history of the Supreme Court of Florida. We invite you to sponsor this event by registering online or submitting a printer friendly Sponsorship Agreement to us by mail, email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Please support our efforts by sponsoring or attending the Annual Dinner, and by joining FSCHS.
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Hotel Information for Out-of-town Guests
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
101 South Adams St
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Call for reservations:
Reference group code SCH or mention FL Supreme Court Historical Society
A block of rooms has been reserved for our out-of-town attendees of the Supreme Evening event. When making a reservation, state you are with the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society for a discounted group rate of $179. The reservation cutoff date is January 15, 2019
Located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee, the hotel is only 15 minutes from Tallahassee Regional Airport and provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel is just steps from the Florida State Capitol, Florida Supreme Court, U.S. Federal Court and just a 6 minute drive to the University Center Club,
Self parking: $15.00 (Max Height 6'7") Valet: $18.00 (Max Height 6'7")