2019 Supreme Evening Keynote Speaker will be   Mr. Ted Olson

The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce that former United States Solicitor General Theodore "Ted" Olson has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Supreme Evening event.

This annual dinner event is hosted by the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is Florida’s premier judicial event that will take place at the University Center Club in Tallahassee on Thursday February 7, 2019.

The event's keynote speaker, Mr. Ted Olson is one of the country’s most high-profile and widely respected litigators of the past 50 years. Mr. Olson has long been one of the nation’s go-to lawyers for complex criminal defense cases and has represented clients across the political and social spectrum from President George W. Bush in the 2000 election challenge to the same-sex marriage petitioners challenging California's Proposition 8 to New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, in the Deflategate scandal.    

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Message from the Society's President,
Edward G. Guedes

The 2018-19 calendar of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is well underway, and to describe the coming 10 months as merely exciting (and somewhat overwhelming) would do a disservice to the events and individuals involved. The most evident and consequential of events occurring over the next several months involves the Supreme Court’s transition as three of its sitting justices – Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince – retire in January 2019 after decades of remarkable service to the Court, the judiciary and the citizens of Florida. The Society is already well underway planning the retirement celebrations of these storied jurists; and while I am not at liberty to disclose the details of those celebrations at this time, I can assure you all that many people will be able to partake in the regional celebrations that will be taking place in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Palm Beach Counties.

Of course, with the retirement of these justices comes the arrival of three individuals to fill those positions. Usually, the arrival of a single justice generates...

2018 Summer/Fall Edition of The 
Historical Review
is now available online

  • 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

Read this and earlier editions of  the Historical Review 

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