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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, October 18, 2016
Call-in Time: 12:10pm

Merit Retention in Florida: A Brief Primer

Every Florida appellate judge and supreme court justice must periodically stand for popular election by the voting public. Each of these jurists must win a majority of "yes" votes within their respective jurisdictions in response to a ballot question of whether or not they should retain their office. These merit retention elections are unlike any other. Blending aspects of an executive appointment (subject to nomination from a nominating committee), a nonpartisan popular election, and a referendum, merit retention elections have become a well-established facet of our State's judicial selection process over the past few decades-but a facet that is, perhaps, not very well understood. Judge Matt Lucas of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal will provide an overview of the history that led to Florida's adoption of merit retention for its appellate judges and supreme court justices, how merit retention elections work in practice, and discuss emerging issues with the use of merit retention elections.

Any questions may be submitted in advance to Kansas Gooden at kgooden@boydjen.com or Jared Krukar at jkrukar@butler.legal. Please register for this informative seminar.

Course No. 2382
General CLE Credit: TBA
Appellate Practice Credit: TBA

Click HERE to register for the entire series of the Monthly Telephonic CLE Seminar.


Telephonic CLE - Call-In Instructions to Participate

  1. Register with the bar — Please click HERE for the 2016-2017 CLE registration form. **Completed registration forms should be faxed to The Florida Bar FAX number 850-561-9413. Any questions regarding registration should be directed to JoAnn Shearer at jshearer@flabar.org or (850) 561-5630**
  2. Call in at the appointed time. US / Canada Dial-in #: (866) 383-5534. All international callers dial 832-553-1655. 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.
  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. Please click HERE to post your CLE credit.
  4. Questions. If you have questions during the seminar, please alert the operators, Kansas Gooden at kgooden@boydjen.com or Jared Krukar at jkrukar@butler.legal.

Click here for information about how to claim CLE credit.


Your Appellate Practice Section's 2016/2017 Telephone CLE Schedule:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (2382)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (2383)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2384)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (2385)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (2386)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (2387)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (2388)

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 June. 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 Kansas Gooden at kgooden@boydjen.com or Jared Krukar at jkrukar@butler.legal if you are interested in participating.