Welcome Message from the President
Jonathan Claussen

Our Florida Supreme Court has undergone a period of great change over the last year with the retirement of Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince at the

beginning of 2019. The Society worked closely with the Court and the retiring Justices to ensure that each Justice’s retirement celebration was a success. The Society was happy to see so many familiar faces at each of these events to honor the retired Justices.

Of course, the retirement ceremonies meant the addition of Justices Barbara Lagoa, Robert Luck and Carlos Muñiz. The Society worked with each new Justice to assist with

the planning and execution of the investiture of Justice Lagoa, held on May 10, 2019, and a joint investiture for Justices Luck and Muñiz, held on September 24, 2019.

With the recent nominations for appointment of Justices Luck and Lagoa to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Court is shortly going to add two new justices to the bench. The Society will work with the Court during this transition and has been honored to be a part of such momentous occasions for each retiring and new Justice.

Through our membership’s generosity, one of the Society’s annual projects is to fund the commission of each new Justice’s portrait that hangs in the rotunda of the Florida Supreme Court. We look forward to the commissioning of the portraits of Justices Lagoa, Luck and Muñiz.

The Society’s committees are hard at work to preserve the Court’s history through artifact acquisitions, oral histories, publications such as this edition of the magazine, and further outreach to our members via social media and other outlets. We welcome member submissions and ideas for future articles, historical artifact identification, and archiving.

Plans are well underway for the Society’s annual dinner, and we hope that you will join us on January 30, 2020, at the University Club in Tallahassee.

I am honored to serve as the President of the Society and have the privilege to interact and work with our Board of Trustees, the Court, and the Society’s members. Each interaction reminds me of why I chose our noble profession and reminds me of our Society’s mission. 


Jon Claussen


Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

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