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The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in Georgia on January 17, 1983. Although the Society has no legal connection with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit or the federal government, its primary purpose is to keep a record of the history of the courts of the Eleventh Circuit as institutions and of the judges who have served these courts. In this regard, the judges in the old Fifth Circuit from the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia are included in the Society's area of interest.
 
In addition, the Society has a broader mission to foster public appreciation of the federal court system in the states encompassed by the Eleventh Circuit.
 
The formation of the Society came shortly after the creation of the Circuit in 1981.  This timing has allowed the writing of history as current history, not as research history. The Society is devoted to preserving our courts' heritage through the collection of portraits, photographs, oral histories, documents, news articles, books, artifacts, and personal memorabilia.
 
The Society's permanent office is in the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta. Its Board of Trustees is composed of lawyers and legal scholars representing the historical interests of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
 
Officers and Trustees
(2013-2015)
 
Chief Judge Ed Carnes - Honorary Chairman
Leonard H. Gilbert - President
David A. Bagwell - Vice President, Alabama
Suzanne E. Gilbert - Vice President, Florida
George L. Murphy, Jr. - Vice President, Georgia
Halsey G. Knapp, Jr., Secretary
John M. Tatum - Treasurer
 
Alabama                                                                                Florida
                                Julian D. Butler, Huntsville                                                 Timothy J. Armstrong, Ponte Vedra Beach
                                N. Lee Cooper, Birmingham                                                Joel D. Eaton, Miami
                                Samuel H. Franklin, Birmingham                                        Katherine E. Giddings, Tallahassee
                                Harry W. Gamble, Jr., Selma                                                John F. Harkness, Jr., Tallahassee
                                Richard H. Gill, Montgomery                                              Benjamin H. Hill, III, Tampa
                                Reginald T. Hamner, Montgomery                                      John W. Kozyak, Coral Gables
                                Scott A. Powell, Birmingham                                               James C. Rinaman, Jr., Jacksonville
                                Jere C. Segrest, Dothan                                                      Lanny Russell, Jacksonville
                                Finis E. St. John, IV, Cullman                                              Sidney A. Stubbs, Jr., West Palm Beach
Georgia
                                                                                   Sarah B. Akins, Savannah
                                                                                   Robert M. Brinson, Rome
                                                                                   Wallace E. Harrell, Brunswick
                                                                                   Dan F. Laney, Atlanta
                                                                                   William H. Larsen, Macon
                                                                                   Michael N. Loebl, Augusta
                                                                                   Kirk M. McAlpin, Jr., Atlanta
                                                                                   Chilton D. Varner, Atlanta
                                                                                   William N. Withrow, Jr., Atlanta
                          
While the Society's archival activities are partially funded by grants and other special gifts, it primarily depends on members for financial support.  Contributions to the Society are deductible for income tax purposes.
 
If you are interested in becoming a member or have historical information, artifacts, or memorabilia for the Historical Society, please contact Wanda Lamar, Executive Director, at (404) 335-6395, wanda_lamar@ca11.uscourts.gov.
 

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