Honoring Former Chief Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr.


A Ceremonial Session  to Convene on  Wednesday , March 2, 2016, 2:00p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 – The Supreme Court of Florida will formally convene in ceremonial session in its courtroom to honor the memory of Justice Shaw. Speakers will include current and former Justices, colleagues, and others. The event is open to the general public and will be webcast from wfsu.org/gavel2gavel/ Funeral services are being separately arranged by the family.

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.

Magna Carta Traveling Exhibit Opens at Florida Supreme Court Monday, February 15

TALLAHASSEE – A traveling exhibit celebrating the Magna Carta and the role it has played for 800 years in establishing and buttressing the concept of freedom under law will be hosted at the Florida Supreme Court from Feb. 15 through Feb. 26.

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Bruce Blackwell Receives States Highest Pro Bono Award

Attorney Bruce B. Blackwell of Winter Park, a founding partner of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A., in Orlando, Historical Society Trustee and Past President, now CEO/executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, was presented with the 2016 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award at a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.

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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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