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In Memoriam - Wm. Reece Smith, Jr.
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of William Reece Smith, Jr., Carlton Fields' Chair Emeritus and shareholder, on January 11, 2013.
In recognition of his quiet and unswerving leadership of the Society, his continuous wise counsel in advancing the Society's growth and mission over many decades as a Trustee, Society President and Lifetime Member.
September 19, 1925 – January 11, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Smith's family requests that donations be made to one of the following organizations:
- Bay Area Legal Services for The William Reece Smith, Jr. Endowment Fund
- The Florida Bar Foundation
- ABA Fund for Justice and Education
- Hillsborough County Bar Foundation for The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Building Endowment Fund
For more information please visit the following links:
- Firm's press release
- ABA Journal's tribute
- Download a slideshow of photos taken over the lifetime of Wm. Reece Smith, Jr.
The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society has a two-fold mission:
- Educating the public about the critically important work of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms, as well as in resolving the myriad of disputes that arise within the state, and
- Preserving the rich history of Florida's judicial system.
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- The Society needs the participation and support of individuals who recognize the importance of protecting and maintaining a strong, independent system of justice. We encourage you to become a member of this organization and help with this critically important effort. All of us have a vested interest -- whether a member of Florida's legal community, a member of the judiciary, a public official, or an individual citizen. You can help make a difference! Please do your part by becoming a member of the Society.
The Society is compiling a series of hardcover books covering the evolution of the Florida judiciary and the history of the Supreme Court of Florida.
The Society has more than 700 members throughout Florida and elsewhere who are dedicated to educating citizens about the courts's vital role in our system of government...
Here you will find our magazines, photogalleries and oral history.
The Rights of the People
We consistently have adhered to the principle that the will of the people is the paramount consideration. Our goal today…[is] to reach the result that reflects the will of the voters…. The laws are intended to facilitate and safeguard the right of each voter to express his or her will in the context of our representative democracy. Technical statutory requirements must not be exalted over the substance of this right.
- Florida Supreme Court.