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2019 Annual Education Program of the Florida Conference of DCA Judges

****Cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian****Will be rescheduled****
September 3-5, 2019 — Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Every odd-numbered year, members of the Appellate Practice Section have a unique opportunity no other Section can boast — an invitation to join a Judges-only conference with top-notch legal education and interaction on the table! This year, nearly every District Court of Appeal Judge and Florida Supreme Court Justice will be at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort September 3-5, 2019. Join them and get an amazing 12.5 General and Appellate Certification CLE hours, including all three needed technology credits — but only if you act RIGHT NOW, since there are a strictly-limited 50 spots available!

Conference Registration

  • $375 per member. Limited to Section members only. Refunds not available.
  • Registration includes:
    - Tuesday evening Welcome Reception
    - Wednesday and Thursday continental breakfasts and luncheons with the Judiciary
    - Educational programming on Wednesday and Thursday
  • A seat at the Section's Executive Council Meeting Thursday afternoon.
  • Registration also includes opportunities for:
    • Florida Bar approved CLE credits:
      - 12.5 General
      - 3.0 Technology
    • Certification credits:
      - 12.5 Appellate Practice
      - 12.5 Criminal Appellate Law
      - 5.0 City County and Local Government Law
      - 5.0 State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice

Registration deadline is Monday, August 5th.
Tickets are limited and moving quickly — Click Here to Register Now!

*A limited number of registration fee reimbursements may be provided by the Section for hardship cases. Please email Section Chair, Nicholas Shannin to apply for a Section-sponsored fee waiver for registration fees only.

Host Hotel/Venue

  • Omni Amelia Island Plantation — special government rate of $125 - $140 per night. Resort charge is waived. Each registered participant is limited to one guest room per night at this special discounted rate.
  • For reservations, call (888) 261-6161 and reference Group Code: Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges or Office of State Courts Administrator, or Click Here to reserve online.
    *The online reservation link automatically books for 3 nights. For a shorter stay, please reserve by phone, or call to change your reservation after booking online.
  • Hotel reservation deadline is Monday, August 5th and is offered upon availability. Reserve today!

This is a truly unique opportunity unlike any CLE or gathering otherwise available to any other member of the Bar — given the chance, take advantage of this opportunity and GO.


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:

Advanced Appellate Practice & Certification Review 2018
  -  7 Appellate Certification Credits
  -  7 General Credits
Three primary practice areas are addressed at length — civil, criminal and administrative. Shorter segments are dedicated to tips for taking the board certification review exam and significant recent changes in appellate practice.

Family Law Appeals — How Could They Possibly Be Any Different than Other Appeals?
  -  5 Appellate Certification Credits
  -  5 Criminal Appellate Certification Credits
  -  1 Ethics
Given the unique nature of family law matters, appeals in the area of family law require special knowledge as well. This course is a must for all practitioners who practice family law or want to handle family law appeals. This course will explore substantive and procedural appellate issues unique to family law appeals including appeals relating to the LGBTQ+ community.

Gideon Denied: Appealing Post-Conviction Motions
  -  4.5 Appellate Certification Credits
  -  4.5 Criminal Appellate Certification Credits
  -  4.5 General Credits
This program is devoted to the appeal of postconviction motions for ineffective assistance of counsel pursuant to Rule 3.850, and will distinguish appeals of postconviction motions from direct appeals, identify appellate issues arising from the disposition of postconviction motions, examine the present state of Strickland and the Sixth Amendment's obligations, and look at the state of ineffectiveness as to pleas, including immigration issues.

Modern Appellate Practice
  -  5 Technology Credits
  -  5 Appellate Certification Credits
  -  5 Criminal Appellate Certification Credits
  -  1 Ethics Credit
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.

Practicing Before the Second DCA
  -  2 Technology Credits
  -  7 Appellate Certification Credits
  -  1 Ethics
A can't-miss full-day seminar for those who practice before the Second DCA. Hear from the Judges, the Clerk, the Marshal, and staff on how the court operates, how your cases are handled and decided, and what you should do to give your case the best chance on appeal. Presentations by local practicing attorneys will provide practical technology tips and tricks and updates on ethical considerations on appeal. Special guest Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince will be the keynote speaker.

Practicing Before the Supreme Court 2018
  -  7.5 Appellate Certification Credits
  -  7.5 Criminal Appellate Certification Credits
  -  4.5 State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice Certification Credits
  -  1 Ethics
Learn about practicing before the Florida Supreme Court. Topics include, oral argument, merits briefs, discretionary review, motion practice, and amicus briefs.