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Practicing Before the Florida Supreme Court

Thursday, June 7, 2018 — 8:00am to 5:00pm
Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee Florida, 32399-1925

The lessons learned from attending this unique CLE program, sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section and the Government Lawyer Section, can be applied to any judicial process. It is a full-day event held at Florida's Supreme Court building which provides the opportunity for you to interact with the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court. This Seminar will begin with an observation of an oral argument, followed by a discussion of the arguing attorneys involved in the case.

The case and issue being reviewed are:

Law Offices of Herssein and Herssein, P.A., v. United Services Automobile Ass'n, Case No. SC 17-1848, which is reviewing whether a trial court judge should be disqualified because the judge is a Facebook "friend" with a lawyer representing a potential witness and potential party in the pending litigation?

The Justices will join the seminar during lunch for a question and answer discussion concerning the practice before the Court. The seminar will also include sessions on oral arguments, ethical responsibilities, jurisdictional briefs, merits briefs, motions practice, and amicus briefs. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration. To participate in the full CLE, you must attend live, though portions of the program will be recorded and available for purchase later.

Click here for more information and to register online.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required due to security procedures. To attend as a Government Lawyer Section member or Appellate Lawyer Section member the cost is only $195; non-section member $235; full-time faculty or full-time law students pay $120; or if you are eligible for the fee waiver, the cost is only $20.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Courtney Brewer (Program Co-Chair) at cbrewer@mills-appeals.com. Although seating is limited, we hope to see you at the Seminar!


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.