FJTC has partnered with the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society to co-host a retirement celebration for Justice Peggy Quince on Friday evening May 17, 2019, at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Downtown Tampa.
Inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2017, Justice Quince has led an exceptional life. She grew up during a time of segregated schools and public spaces, and witnessed firsthand the injustices endured by African Americans and sanctioned by law. Just Quince was just 6 years old when the Supreme Court decided on Brown v. the Board of Education, ending legal racial segregation in public schools and she was also a witness to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the women’s rights movement of the 1970s. She was 15 years old when Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and 24 years old when Title IX of the Education Amendments passed in Congress guaranteeing equal access to academic and athletic resources regardless of gender.
Below is a brief timeline of some of her most remarkable career accomplishments:
- 1975 –Received her Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America
- 1980 – Started her career in the Criminal Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office which lasted 13 years, the last 5 of which she served as bureau chief for death penalty appeals
- 1993 – Became the first African-American female to be appointed to one of the district courts of appeal
- 1999 – Became the first African-American female to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court
- 2005 – Honored with the Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award
- 2006 – Honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award
- 2007 – Honored with the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Award by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women
- 2008 – Served as Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court for 2 years and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Florida Bar’s Government Lawyer Section
- 2017 – Named in the National Bar Association Hall of Fame
Justice Quince’s most impactful service was during her leadership as the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 2008 – 2010. During her tenure, she established the Judicial Branch Governance Study Workgroup, which examined the structure and functions of the governance system and made recommendations to improve the effective and efficient management of the branch. In addition, under her direction, a statewide, multidisciplinary Dependency Court Improvement Panel was created to improve courtroom practices and decision-making in dependency cases. She also appointed a task force to address the effects on the courts of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, and she laid the groundwork for the creation of the Florida Innocence Commission, which was directed “to conduct a comprehensive study of the causes of wrongful conviction and of measures to prevent such convictions.”
After retirement, Justice Quince intends to continue engaging in the civics-related activities she’s enjoyed these many years as a judge. Because she feels called to do something to help “the many young kids of this state who have no voice about what is happening to them,” first on her list is to become a guardian ad litem: “I want to do what I can to assist these children who are being taken care of by the state, involved in dependency and termination of parental rights and foster care. Once the state has taken them from their parents,” she explained, “I believe it is incumbent on us to make sure these children are treated as well as our own biological children. We need people advocating for them, committed to their best interests.”
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.
Friday May 17, 2019
Justice Peggy Quince Retirement Celebration/Reception
Floridan Palace Hotel
905 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Reception
REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CELEBRATION FOR JUSTICE QUINCE
Early Reservations Rate $20, on/before Tuesday. May 7, 2019
Standard Reservations Rate $30, on/after Wednesday, May 8, 2019
On-site Rates $40 (if available) on /after Tuesday, May 14, 2019