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Appellate Continuing Legal Education Courses

Monthly Telephonic CLE Seminar

The third Tuesday of every month, except June and December, the Appellate Practice Section puts on a one-hour CLE telephone conference call as a service to its members. These seminars typically provide one-hour of appellate certification credit and deal with advances issues of appellate practice, often focusing on hot, substantive issues.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:10 p.m.

Navigating Supersedeas Bonds and Post Judgment Exposure Issues
Pending appeal in the Midst of an Economic Crisis

Join our distinguished panel of practitioners as they address civil supersedeas bond requirements and procedure, as well as postjudgment exposure issues and strategic considerations in lieu of bond for the financially distressed client. June Hoffman of Fowler White Burnett, P.A. in Miami, board certified in appellate practice, will moderate the seminar and present the legal and procedural requirements for posting timely and valid supersedeas bonds in Florida state and federal court. Darlene Bornt of International Sureties, Ltd. in New Orleans, LA, a veteran surety bond professional, will address the mechanics of the surety bond process, collateralization and documentation issues and other practical considerations to secure a surety bond commitment in difficult financial times. Ronald G. Neiwirth of Fowler White Burnett, P.A. in Miami, who Chairs the firm's Creditor's Rights, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice, will address postjudgment execution and exposure issues in the absence of a bond, as well as strategic options for individual and corporate clients who are financially distressed and cannot satisfy surety bond requirements. A question and answer session will conclude the seminar. Please join us for this seminar.

CLE Information:
Course #98418
1:00 General CLE
1:00 Appellate Certification and Ethics Credit

Telephonic CLE - Instructions to Participate

  1. Register with the bar. The registration form may be found HERE. **Please note registrations forms should be emailed to CShovlain@flabar.org.**
  2. Call in at the appointed time. US / Canada Dial-in #: (888) 394-8033 or International / Local Dial-in #: (973) 935-2405. The operator will ask you for the Conference ID number. You should tell the operator that you were given a password, which is "Appellate". You will then be asked to provide your full name and Florida Bar number in order to receive CLE credit. If you require assistance during the conference please press *0 for the operator.
  3. You will be asked to provide your full name and Florida Bar number in order to receive CLE credit. You will be put on hold until the seminar begins. Credit may be verified based on the attendance report provided to The Florida Bar by the company hosting the call. To post your CLE credit, please click HERE.
  4. Questions. If you have questions during the seminar, you may either alert the operator by dialing *1 or by emailing the moderator, Professor June Hoffman, at jgh@fowler-white.com.

The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section
proudly presents:

Tallahassee Outreach Lunches

Your Appellate Practice Section has organized the following informative one hour CLE luncheon seminars which will take place in Tallahassee:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
"Stays of Trial Court and Appellate Orders Pending Review"
Presented by Katherine E. Giddings, Akerman, Senterfitt
CLE Information:
1 hour general CLE
Appellate Certification

The CLE Luncheons will be held in the Florida Rooms (Second floor) at the Doubletree Hotel, 101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301 from 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The cost for each luncheon is $20 ($14.95 + tax & gratuity) per person. Please click here for the registration form to be mailed to Carolyn Shovlain. For more information, e-mail Carolyn Shovlain at CShovlain@flabar.org.


The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Appellate Practice Section present

Family Law Appeals

January 29, 2009
Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Chester H. Ferguson Law Center • Hillsborough County Bar Association • 1610 North Tampa Street, Tampa • 813-221-7777

An overview of appellate practice in the family law context for all levels of practitioners. Second District Court of Appeal judges comprise the faculty, and topics include preservation of error, ethics issues, and attorneys' fees issues, all with a family law focus.

Click HERE for more information and to register.


The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Appellate Practice Section present

Advanced Appellate Practice and Certification Review 2009

February 13, 2009
Course Classification: Advanced Level
Hilton Hotel • 1870 Griffin Road • Ft. Lauderdale Airport • 954-926-8527

An overview of appellate practice for the advanced practitioner as well as a review in preparation for the Appellate Practice Certification Review exam. Those who have developed the program, however, have no information regarding the examination content other than the information contained in the exam specifications which are also provided to each examinee. Candidates for certification who take this course should not assume that the course material will cover all topics on the examination or that the examination will cover all topics in the course material.

Click HERE for more information and to register.


Your Appellate Practice Section announces the 2008/2009 Telephone CLE Schedule.

The Section encourages participation in these one-hour lunch time CLEs that generally take place on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of December and July. Each year attendance has increased for these informative seminars. Traditionally, these seminars allow attendees to receive Appellate Certificate credits as well as general CLE credits. The moderators and panelists do an exceptional job. The Section also encourages section members to participate in serving as moderators and panelists. Please contact John Mills at jmills@appellate-firm.com if you are interested in participating.

Please click HERE for the registration form. A discount is provided for those who register for the entire slate of seminars.


Instructions to Receive CLE Credit

You may now post your CLE credits online and watch your record update in real time. With an online account and a personal password, we believe you will find the new online CLE posting system to be easy and efficient to use. All you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

  1. Make note of the course number. (This will be announced during the call.)
  2. Go to www.flabar.org
  3. Click on Member Profile on the right side of the web page.
  4. Click on CLE Activity Posting.
  5. Enter your user name and password.
    (Note: You will need to request a password prior to using any of the online functions. Please allow 5-7 days to receive your confidential password.)
  6. Please post your course entry using the assigned course number. If the assigned number ends in "R" and you intend to use the course toward compliance with the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR), you may not post on-line. Please fax confirmation to 850/561-6660 or call 850/561-5842.
  7. If you are posting a Florida Bar seminar you have completed by audio or video tape, please make sure the last digit is either an "A" for audio or "V" for video.

After you have completed posting all of your credits, you may wish to print the confirmation page for your records.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the online credit reporting, please contact the Legal Specialization and Education department at 850/561-5842.


Webster's Tips for Successful Appellate Oral Advocacy
During the February 26, 2008 CLE conference call on preparing for oral argument, reference was made to a set of helpful tips compiled by Judge Peter Webster, of the First District Court of Appeal. For the benefit of our members, Judge Webster has agreed to allow us to post these tips, which can be accessed at the clicking HERE.


Appellate CLE Audio Tapes