Former Chief Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr. Honored

1930-2015
 â€“ The Supreme Court of Florida formally convened a ceremonial session in its courtroom to honor the memory of Justice Shaw. Speakers  included current and former Justices, colleagues, and others. The event was open to the general public and is available to view as a webcast at wfsu.org/gavel2gavel/ 

Message from the President, Kelly O'Keefe

Dear Members and Friends of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society,

 

The Supreme Court Historical Society has moved in leaps and bounds over the last few years in furtherance of its mission to preserve and honor the rich history of the Florida Supreme Court.  We are very excited about our achievements and we are planting the seeds for many more to come.

          This year the Society is focused on two primary goals.  The first is increasing awareness of the Society and its mission and the second is building active and enthusiastic core committees equipped with the tools each needs to achieve its specific goals.  


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The 2016 Issues of the FSCHS Magazine and Newsletter are Now Available Online

Current and past issues of our two outstanding publications are now available online thanks to the Historical Society's continued dedication to educating the public about the Florida Supreme Court's role and and preserving its history.

Archiving Justices' Papers Not a Moot Point 

The dust has settled in the Florida Supreme Court library for only a brief period of time, as student volunteers from Florida State University College of Law break from an archiving project to earn funds to participate in Moot Court competition. At the close of the final round of Moot Court, volunteers will resume archiving collections of justices’ papers that have been stored in their original acidic folders, overfilled, and in need of rearranging and long-term preservation.


To ensure these historic records would remain for generations to come, the Court began the process of upgrading the overstuffed, acidic accordion folders to subdivided, archival quality folders. With the immensity of the ever-growing collection, more than half remained in their original state.  To expedite the project, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society approved a grant of $2500 and opened applications to Registered Student Organizations at ...


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Justices' Portraits Debuted

The Supreme Court portrait gallery is housed in the Courtroom, adjoining hallway and the Lawyers' Lounge. At the Annual Dinner, the FSCHS commissioned portraits of Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Justice Charles T. Canady, Justice Ricky Polston, and Justice James E.C. Perry were revealed. 

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