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2018 Annual Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges Seminar and Reception

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Reception to follow the seminar at 5:30pm
West Palm Beach Hilton, 600 Okeechobee Blvd.

West Palm Beach will be the site for this year's Annual Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges. While the APS is not scheduled to attend the full conference this year, the Section is honored to be a sponsor of the seminar and reception preceding the conference. Interested law firms and attorneys are also invited to sponsor and register for these pre-conference events hosted by the Fourth District Court of Appeal Historical Society, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section on September 4, 2018. Information about the seminar can be found HERE.

The reception will be held immediately following the seminar for the 64 judges from Florida's District Courts of Appeal and Florida's Supreme Court Justices. Sponsorships will assist with hosting the judges, justices and their spouses and welcoming them to Palm Beach County. The organizers hope that Section members and their firms will consider sponsoring and attending to make this a great event! Please click HERE for the online sponsorship form. The deadline for sponsorship commitments is July 31, 2018. Questions regarding sponsorship opportunities should be directed to Patience Burns with the 4th DCA Historical Society at Patience.a.burns@gmail.com.

The reception will be limited to 250 attendees. Registration to attend the seminar is also open and limited to the first 200 people who pre-register and pay (including those registered by virtue of sponsorship). The deadline to register for the seminar is September 1, 2018.

Online registration for the seminar and reception is open on the PBCBA's website HERE.

Click HERE for more information. We hope to see you there!


Modern Appellate Practice

September 14, 2018 from 8:15 am to 1:00 pm
FIU Law School, Miami, Florida

Join the section for its new live, CLE! This program is devoted entirely to technology for appellate practice and trial support in Florida. As new technology becomes available, all aspects of the practice of law are changing — and this is equally true for appeals and trial support provided by appellate practitioners. Writing briefs for judges who will read them on computers and not on paper, making sure your system is secure, preparing to use your tablet computer at OA, and the ability to provide research and prepare legal memoranda while sitting in a courtroom are only a few of the things that the appellate practitioner must consider. Stay up to date. Do not be left behind. Make yourself the modern appellate practitioner.

Critical Things Appellate Lawyers Need to Know About Technology and the Practice of Appellate Law
Jack Reiter, Miami

Writing Briefs That Will Be Read on a Computer- Making It Easier for the Judge
Honorable Melanie May, West Palm Beach

Technology and the Issues it Creates: Keeping Yourself Out of Trouble- Ethics, Privacy, Security, Etc.
Professor Jan Jacobowitz, Miami

Pending Technology Related Rule Changes You Need to Know
Paul Regensdorf, Palm City

Using Your Tablet at Oral Argument
Jack Reiter, Miami
John Crabtree, Miami
Raoul Cantero, Miami

The course offers the following credits:

  • 5 hours of technology
  • 5 general hours, 1 of which may be applied towards ethics
  • 5 hours of appellate practice certification
  • 5 hours of criminal appellate certification

Click here to register.


AJEI / ECAPI 2018 Summit

November 8-11, 2018 :: Marriott Marquis, Downtown Atlanta

The Appellate Practice Section is proud to support the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute (ECAPI), which in 2018 will team up with the Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) for a joint AJEI and ECAPI Summit. The 2018 Summit will be the nation's premier appellate educational event.

Join the 300+ appellate judges, staff attorneys and lawyers of AJEI together with the 200 lawyers and judges of ECAPI, all of whom make this a must-attend conference for anyone who practices in the appellate arena.

Registration opens in July, and program details will be available HERE.

The Summit will take place at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The hotel is near a MARTA rail station, Georgia World Congress Center, and AmericasMart Atlanta. Room reservation information will be available soon. Click here for more information.


Do you need CLE Credit?

Are you thinking about applying for the Advance Appellate Practice Certification? Or maybe you are up for renewal soon? Or maybe you're just an appellate geek with an insatiable appetite for appellate tips, tricks, and insight?

If any of this applies to you, then we highly recommend you purchasing and watching the Appellate Section's most recent CLEs, which can be obtained online here.

Here's a glimpse of what you will find:

Appellate Practice Board Certification Boot Camp
- 2.5 Appellate Practice
- 2.5 General
The most important appellate rule changes and other appellate trends happening in the last year distilled down into 2.5 hours by two of our section's best and most experienced practitioners.

The Hidden Essentials of Appellate Law
- 8 Appellate Practice
- 8 General
- 1 Ethics
Forget what you think you know about appellate practice! This CLE arms you with the secret unwritten rules of succeeding on appeal. It covers everything from preserving the record to the use and effect of key appellate doctrines, views from the bench, and more. This is a must watch CLE for anyone thinking about handling an appeal on their own.

2016 Practicing Before the Supreme Court
- 9 Appellate Practice
- 9 Criminal
- 9 Criminal Appellate
- 4.5 State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice
- 9 General
- 1 Ethics
If you can successfully practice before the Florida Supreme Court, then you can successfully practice before any Florida court. This seminar gives you the tools for successfully navigating your client's case through Florida's High Court. The CLE is particularly unique because it begins with a live oral argument and is followed by a discussion with the justices and the attorneys who argued the case.


Finally, check back here regularly for more great on-demand CLEs, including the Section's most recent and soon to be available Hot Topics in Appellate Law: Appellate Forces in the New Millennium, which is a fun, Star-Wars-themed CLE that is good for 8.5 hours of Appellate Practice Certification, 2.5 hours of Ethics, 2.0 hours of State & Federal Gov't & Administrative Practice Certification, 1.0 hours of Civil Trial Certification, and 1.0 hours of Technology.