2018 Supreme Evening, the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society's Annual Dinner

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 9:15 PM
  • University Center Club - Tallahassee


Florida’s premier judicial event, A Supreme Evening the annual dinner event of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, takes place at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, on Thursday, January 25th.

Keynote Speaker

A prolific trial attorney with a highly successful 30-plus year career, our keynote presenter Hilarie Bass is known for her leadership and her philanthropy.  The Greenberg Traurig co-president is one of the most prominent attorneys in the United States, and helps oversee the multi-practice firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys across 38 offices worldwide. She is currently president of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members.

Hilarie has successfully represented high-profile corporate clients in jury and non-jury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. She has worked and settled more than 100 cases, tried more than 20 cases to conclusion, and argued numerous appeals. In recognition of that success, she was inducted into The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mentoring others in the legal field and giving back to the community has always been a top priority for Hilarie. She has led top legal and community organizations and received numerous prestigious awards for her achievements. She is also known for her generous financial support of her alma mater, the University of Miami Law School.

Lifetime Achievement Award 

The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will honor John "Jack" F. Harkness, Jr. with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Dinner.

Jack Harkness, after serving 37 years as executive director of the Florida Bar, is retiring as the nation's longest-serving executive director. He is also this year's recipient of the Florida Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor, it's highest distinction.

He shepherded the Bar through many changes, including its transition to electronic filing, ensuring appropriate checks and balances were in place.

A Supreme Evening will be hosted at

University Center Club

403 Stadium Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32304

Thursday, January 25, 2018

5:30 pm Reception – Champions Club Level – 4th Floor

7:00 pm Dinner – Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Recommended Attire


Event & Table Sponsorship

As our main fundraising effort of the year, the 2018 Annual Dinner makes it possible for the Historical Society to carry out its mission to educate the public about the critically important work of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms.  We invite you to sponsor this event by registering online or submitting a sponsorship form to us by mail, email at admin@flcourthistory.org or fax 850-201-2947.

Hotel Information for Out-of-town Guests

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

101 South Adams St

Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 224-5000

Online room reservations available 

Call for reservations:

877- 800-2652


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 5, 2018

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")


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