Justice Alan C. Lawson was sworn in as the 86th Justice

Justice Alan C. Lawson was sworn in as the 86th Justice of the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The investiture ceremony in the Florida Supreme Court Building began with a Judicial Procession of 50 plus robed judges from throughout Florida. This was a first for a court that was famously known for not wearing any kind of robes for more than a century, from initial statehood in 1845 until the courtroom was first air conditioned in 1949.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera were among the dignitaries at the ceremony, with Florida Senate President Joe Negron and Florida State President John Thrasher present, as well. The governor formally handed Lawson’s credentials to Chief Justice Jorge Labarga during the investiture, calling Lawson a “truly great man” who is “focused on defending the Constitution... 

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The 2017 Issues of the FSCHS Magazine is Now Available Online

Current and past issues of our 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.

The Celebration of Justice Perry's Career & Retirement was a Well Attended Success.

Justice Perry’s Retirement Dinner held on April 13 in Orlando, was a resounding success. Justice Perry and his family were very pleased with, and thanked the Society for hosting the event.  Twenty-two other voluntary Bar Associations joined the Society in showing their support for Justice Perry. The long list of Bar Associations on the attached program demonstrates the broad scope of Justice Perry’s positive impact and exemplifies the tremendous diversity that exists in the Central Florida legal . . .

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2017 Message from the President, Kelly O'Keefe

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


I'm honored to be back leading the Society for a second year, at a time when our mission is more important than ever. 

Our mission is twofold. First, the Society preserves the Florida Supreme Court's history through oral histories, collections of historical papers and artifacts, the Justices' portraits and its various publications. Why does the Society preserve these historical treasures? So that they can use them to educate the public about our courts' mission to protect personal rights and freedoms, uphold and interpret the law and resolve disputes that arise between citizens of the state.

An educated public, the second facet of the Society's mission, is the best tool for increasing understanding and confidence in our courts. If the public lacks confidence in the courts, the courts cannot fulfill their responsibilities which are essential... 

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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  ...

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Papers Not a Moot Point

Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center Provided the Keynote at 'A Supreme Evening' the Society's 2017 Annual Dinner

View the Supreme Evening event by visiting the:

2017 Supreme Evening Photo Gallery   

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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