Join Us for a Celebrate of Justice Quince's Legal & Judicial Career

The legal community from all over the state will come together on Friday evening May 17, 2019, at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Downtown Tampa for a cocktail reception to celebrate the distinguished career of Justice Peggy Quince after her recent retirement from the Florida Supreme Court.

 Justice Quince requested that her celebration be a cocktail reception, which would allow her to mingle, say “hello,” and meet with all the guests during the event. Doors will open at 5:30 PM for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

In addition to the mingling, the cocktails, and great food, there will be a jazz quartet to provide a warm musical background for the evening. You will also have the opportunity to record a short video of yourself for Justice Quince, in which you are welcome to share your favorite story that involves Justice Quince, thank her for her contribution to Florida's Judiciary and the State of Florida, or just congratulate her on her retirement. What you would share with Justice Quince is up to you.

      May 17, 2019

     Justice Peggy A, Quince Retirement Celebration/Reception

      Floridan Palace Hotel, 905 N Florida Ave.  Downtown Tampa, 

          Reception 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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We also look forward to seeing you at these Upcoming Supreme Court Events

May 10, 2019

Justice Barbara Lagoa Investiture

Florida Supreme Court Building, Tallahassee

500 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL

The Photo Gallery from the Investiture is available at

May 17, 2019

Justice Peggy Quince Retirement Celebration Reception

Floridan Palace Hotel, Downtown Tampa

Reception only 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Details, registration and sponsorship opportunities a  

June 8, 2019

Justice Barbara Pariente Retirement Celebration

Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach

The sit-down dinner event will be held in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the Palm Beach Legal Aid Society at

September 24, 2019

Justice Luck and Justice Muñiz Investiture

Florida Supreme Court Building, Tallahassee

500 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL

2019 Message From the President Edward G. Guedes

It is without any sense of irony that I can affirmatively state that the past six months at the Florida Supreme Court have, in fact, been “historic(al).”  At no time in the 79 years since the Florida Supreme Court’s membership was increased to seven justices have three justices left the Court at precisely the same time, as occurred in January of this year with the retirements of Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince.  What’s more, those retirements coincided to the day with the swearing in of a new governor, Ron DeSantis, who almost immediately upon entering office, was required to appoint new justices to fill the three vacancies.

Read the rest of the President's Message 

In 2014, Ruth McDonald was presented with Honorary Life Member Award

Also pictured are former Justice Parker Lee McDonald and Kelly O’Keefe

Velma Ruth McDonald   1928 - 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Ruth McDonald, wife of Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald passed away last week at the age of 90. Ruth was the Historical Society’s most loyal, ardent and cherished member and Trustee. She served as the Society’s Treasurer for more than a decade, an active Member on many of the Society’s Committees starting back in the 1980’s, and was named an Honorary Lifetime Trustee in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Tallahassee on Monday, April 15, 2019 beginning at 11:30 am, with a reception to follow in Moor Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Trinity United Methodist Church or to the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.

Read more about Ruth McDonald


Supreme Evening

another Supreme Success

On February 7, 2019 the Historical Society held its annual dinner event, A Supreme Evening with a record breaking attendance of over 500 guests. Barry Richard introduced the Keynote presenter, Ted Olson. We were also honored to have Gov, Ron DeSantis on hand to introduce the three new Florida Supreme Court Justices he had appointed. Chief Justice Charles Canady provided his insights with an update on the state of the Supreme Court.

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The Supreme Court of Florida   - A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1987  

Volume III describes the court during its most tumultuous years. Amid he upheaval of the civil rights moment, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, the story begins with reform in the entire Florida court system. It includes the court’s first black justice, Joseph Hatchett; Governor Reubin Askew’s new system for merit selection of justices; and revision of Article V, the section of the state constitution dealing with the judiciary.

Neil Skene moves on to cover landmark court decisions; the introduction of cameras in court; changes to media law, personal injury law, and family ...

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The Supreme Court of Florida

A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1987

2018 Summer/Fall Edition of The Historical Review 

  • Under the Dome
  • Dobson Portrait Acquisition
  • Judge Barkett's Life Following the Supreme Court 
  • Justice Lewis's Roots and Legacy
  • Letter from Hank Coxe on his Service on the CRC
  • Supreme Evening 2018
  • Review of Book on the LIfe and Career of Former Justice Kogan
  • Chief Justice Labarga on His Role in Bush v. Gore

  • Judge Robert Hilliard of Santa Rosa County Shares a Colorful Narrative of a 1948 County Court Judges Conference in Key West and Havana   Once A Year

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