FSCHS plans special Historical Review issue commemorating 75th anniversary of the Florida Supreme Court’s building
The Supreme Court is now looking at ways to enhance the experience of visitors to the court
The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is moving forward with its plan to publish a special edition of its publication Historical Review on the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Florida Supreme Court’s building in Tallahassee with articles on the court’s construction, former buildings that housed the justices, and renovations over the years.
The organization held its annual meeting during The Annual Florida Convention in Boca Raton. Also included on the recent agenda were an address by Chief Justice Carlos Muñiz, a membership recruiting and retention update, the election of new officers and members of the board of trustees, and recent society activities.
Chief Justice Muñiz told the Historical Society that the court is now looking at ways to enhance the experience of visitors to the court. The goal, he said, is to make the court a place that Tallahassee visitors want to see and provide a good educational experience. Justice Jamie Grosshans is leading the effort to take a fresh look at the displays and content offered.
“There’s a lot of great information now spread throughout the building, but some of the presentation can be kind of dense,” Muñiz said. “We want to improve the flow and present the history of the court and judiciary in the best light.”Reporting on membership, Executive Director Mark Miller said a campaign is underway for renewals and recruitment. The majority of members take advantage of the convenience of joining via The Florida Bar’s annual fee statement, but all interested members – including law students and paralegals – may join any time at FlCourtHistory.org.
As slated by the nominating committee, attorney and law professor Timothy P. Chinaris of Rockledge was elected president and other officers for 2023-24 include Fred Karlinsky, Ft. Lauderdale; Kara Rockenbach-Link, West Palm Beach; Kimberly Berman, Ft. Lauderdale, and William Schifino, Jr., Tampa.
“A Supreme Evening 2024” is scheduled for January 18 in Tallahassee. Contributions to this fundraiser are combined with membership dues to preserve court history and support ongoing outreach and education. To learn more about the Historical Society’s programs and activities, visit FlCourtHistory.org and follow the posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
The mission of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is to preserve the history of Florida’s highest court and educate the public about the courts’ vital role in protecting personal rights and freedoms. The Historical Society supports education and outreach programs, publishes books chronicling the history of the Florida Supreme Court and the award-winning Historical Review magazine, and facilitates collecting and archiving historical documents and artifacts.