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Appellate Continuing Legal Education

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, February 16, 2016
Call-in Time: 12:10pm

Tips and Tricks for Navigating Appellate Proceedings in Florida's Circuit Courts.

For even the most seasoned appellate practitioner, appellate and first-tier review in Florida's Circuit Courts may seem like a foreign process. This may occur because practitioners are either unfamiliar with local rules or the circuit court appellate process. A multi-district panel comprised of Judge Ronald V. Swanson, Judge Melanie May, and Judge Ross L. Bilbrey will bring their experiences as both circuit and district court judges to address the differences between appellate proceedings in circuit courts versus those in district courts.

Any questions may be submitted in advance to Chris Donovan at cdonovan@ralaw.com or Kansas Gooden at kgooden@boyd-jenerette.com. Please register for this informative seminar.

REGISTER NOW: click HERE for the 2015-2016 CLE registration form.


Telephonic CLE - Call-In Instructions to Participate

  1. Register with the bar — Please click HERE for the 2015-2016 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 operator, Chris Donovan at cdonovan@ralaw.com or Kansas Gooden at kgooden@boyd-jenerette.com.

Click here for information about how to claim CLE credit.


The Section Needs Your Input!

At the monthly telephonic CLE on April 19, 2016, John Crabtree will be speaking on retainer and advance-fee agreements, including the recent amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar concerning these agreements. To assist him in this presentation, the Appellate Practice Section is asking the members to share their favorite representation agreements or even just their favorite clauses. We are looking for all types of agreements and clauses, including: hourly, flat-fee, contingency, partial contingency, and anything else that someone has come up with that has worked for them. Do you have a particular clause informing clients about extending professional courtesies to opposing counsel, such as extensions of time? How do you handle a family law case where the client can't afford to pay you but you can't take it on a contingency? What do you do with your files at the end of representation and do you send the client a termination letter? Essentially, we are looking for any agreements or clauses that you are willing to share covering a variety of situations that appellate practitioners face each time they engage or terminate a client. These will be compiled, organized, and made available to the members after the telephonic CLE on April 19, 2016. Please send the agreements or clauses to Jared Krukar at jkrukar@butler.legal, who is assisting John in compiling the presentation handout.


Your Appellate Practice Section's 2015/2016 Telephone CLE Schedule:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (8020109)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (8020110)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (8020111)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (8020112)

No CLE in June

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 Chris Donovan at cdonovan@ralaw.com if you are interested in participating.