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January 15, 2006
History on Display



WHEN AN INSTITUTION has been around as long as the Supreme Court, it tends to accumulate a lot of old things, and the lengthy history underlying Florida law is reflected nowhere better than in the court’s library. In its collection of rare books and other artifacts — on temporary display for the next couple of months— the library houses judges’ decisions going back to the earliest days of English law. For example, one includes a decision made in the year 1616 where a woman was tried and then hanged for witchcraft. There is also a work on Spanish law, Politica Para Corregidores, pictured above, published in 1597, which may have been used during Florida’s first Spanish period. Other items found in the archives include numerous election campaign materials for justices from 1911 to 1976; Coke’s Institutes of English Law Volume II, 1669; early reproductions of U.S. documents dated 1848; rare photographs and paintings; and more. The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is now raising funds to help preserve these treasures and provide for a permanent display of the historical works. To contribute, or for more information, contact Park Trammell, FSCHS, P.O. Box 11344, Tallahassee 32302-3344, phone (850) 222-3703, or e-mail fschs@earthlink.net.

THE DADE COUNTY BAR Young Lawyers Section’s eMentoring Program recently began its fifth year with a luncheon at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Miami. The eMentoring program matches roughly 50 young lawyers with a legal magnet student from Miami Senior High or Miami Carol City High for weekly e-mail communication throughout the school year. The participants also enjoy personal contact at group events and on field trips. For further information about eMentoring, contact Justin Elegant, program director, at Jbelegant@petroslaw.com. Pictured from the left are Miami Carol City student Courtney Robinson and her mentor, Dana Gryniuk of Hunton & Williams.

ATTORNEYS WITH THE PALM BEACH County Bar write much better briefs than they can sing, but they sure have their hearts in the right place. The Young Lawyers Section recently took a break from their busy practices and personal lives to bring holiday cheer to elderly residents living at Sutton Place in Lake Worth. This was the third year the attorneys graced the hallways of the nursing home singing holiday songs to the residents. Next year, the group plans to include presents for those who have no family.

THE PRO BONO PROGRAM of St. Thomas University School of Law recently hosted the Miami Dade County Teen Court, in which an actual juvenile case was heard with high school students serving as litigants and witnesses under the supervision and coaching of St. Thomas law students. Pictured is St. Thomas University School of Law alum and Teen Court Presiding Judge Mindy Glazer of the Miami Dade County Juvenile Court along with some of the students.

THE FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL recently held a special oral argument session at the Lake County Judicial Center in Tavares in honor of Judge Earle W. Peterson, Jr., who retired December 30 after 16 years of service at the court. Judge Peterson served as presiding judge during the special oral argument session. Pictured from the left are Chief Judge Robert J. Pleus, Jr., Judge Peterson, and Judge Winifred J. Sharp.

[Revised: 04-13-2014]