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2019-2020 CLE Schedule   |   2018-2019 Webcast on Demand

The Appellate Practice Section is in its second year of offering audio webcast formatted monthly CLEs. Our transition from telephonic formatted programs has allowed our speakers to use PowerPoints and other learning aids during their presentations, and also gives speakers the opportunity to poll the audience and receive real-time audience questions via chat. The switch to this format has continued to help grow our audience and reach larger than ever attendance numbers.

For the 2019-2020 audio webcast series, all presentations will be recorded, giving attendees 90 day access to listen to the programs and earn CLE credit. Thus, if you have an oral argument or hearing during the live presentation, fret not — you have the ability to listen later when you preregister.

The pricing for this year's audio webcast series will remain the same. CLEs are available for advance individual purchase at the rate of $30 each for Section members and $45 for non-Section members. Section members also have the option of purchasing the entire audio webcast series at the discounted rate of $240 (available until July 15, 2019).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Florida Bar Section Administrator, Cheri Wright, at cwright@floridabar.org. For any questions or suggestions about the content of the upcoming seminars, or serving as a presenter, please contact the Section's CLE Chair, Kansas Gooden, at KGooden@boydjen.com.

Click Here to Purchase the 2019-2020 Monthly Audio Webcast Season


The 2019-2020 Monthly Audio Webcast Schedule

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

The Impact of State Preemption of Local OrdinancesSelect this CLE
Jonathan L. Williams, Lash & Goldberg LLP, Tallahassee

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit
  • 1.0 City County and Local Government Law certification credit
  • 1.0 State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice certification credit

A municipality just enacted a code provision that might conflict with a state law. Or, the State just passed legislation that preempts a county ordinance. Now what? Jonathan L. Williams will explain what happens next for your client and the key principles and history underlying state preemption of local regulations.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Can the Tipsy Coachman Get You Home?Select this CLE
Nick Brown, Carlton Fields, Tampa
Sylvia Walbolt, Carlton Fields, Tampa

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit

The human mind is so constituted that in many instances it finds the truth when wholly unable to find the way that leads to it." Sylvia Walbolt and Nick Brown will explain why this quote is important to Florida jurisprudence and what has been dubbed the Tipsy Coachman Rule, or "right for any reason" basis for an affirmance. They will also discuss some practical issues for the practitioner with respect to this rule.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Big and Small Differences in State and Federal AppealsSelect this CLE
Hala Sandridge, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Tampa

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit

Board Certified Appellate Specialist Hala Sandridge will discuss the differences between civil appellate practice in state versus federal court from jurisdiction and deadlines, to local rules and appellate fees.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

What is Pass-Through Jurisdiction, and Why Do I Want to Know About It?Select this CLE
Tracy Carlin, Brannock & Humphries, Tampa

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit

Board Certified Appellate Practitioner Tracy Carlin will talk with us about pass-through jurisdiction, whether it to be the District Courts of Appeal or the Florida Supreme Court. She will answer questions such as "What is pass-through jurisdiction?" and "How do I best employ pass-through jurisdiction in my case?"


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Appellate Law 2019 Year in ReviewSelect this CLE
Matthew Conigliaro, Carlton Fields, Tampa

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit

Always a crowd pleaser, Board Certified Appellate Specialist Matthew Conigliaro will present his annual year in review, including the most interesting 2019 opinions and other appellate points of interest.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Handling Workers' Compensation AppealsSelect this CLE
Kimberly A. Hill, Kimberly A. Hill, P.L., Fort Lauderdale
William Rogner, Hurley Rogner Miller Cox & Waranch, P.A., Winter Park

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit
  • 1.0 Workers' Compensation certification credit

William Rogner and Kim Hill, both of whom are Board Certified Appellate Specialists as well as Board Certified Workers' Compensation Specialists, will discuss the do's and don'ts of workers' compensation appeals.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

An Interview with Florida Supreme Court Clerk, John TomasinoSelect this CLE
John Tomasino, John Tomasino, Florida Supreme Court, Tallahassee

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit

Mr. Tomasino will answer questions from our membership about the Court and his office. Mr. Tomasino was appointed Clerk of the Florida Supreme Court in 2013, and he is the twenty-first Clerk of Court since statehood was granted in 1845.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Everything You Need to Know About Land-Use AppealsSelect this CLE
Christopher Donovan, Roetzel & Andress, Naples

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit
  • 1.0 City County and Local Government Law certification credit

Board Certified Appellate Attorney Christopher Donovan will discuss the nuances of land use appeals, including which decisions are reviewable, the mechanics of preparing the petitions for first-tier certiorari relief, practical application of the first-tier standards of review, and the relief available in this unique appellate proceeding.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Raise Your Standards — A Practitioner's Guide to the Effective Use of Appellate Standards of ReviewSelect this CLE
Rachel Canfield, Third District Court of Appeal, Miami

  • 1.0 General CLE credit
  • 1.0 Appellate Practice certification credit
  • 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law certification credit

Rachel Canfield, a law clerk at the Florida Third District Court of Appeal and former staff attorney at the Florida Supreme Court, will provide an in-depth analysis of the standards of review on appeal.


The 2018-2019 Audio Webcast Season is Available On-Demand

The CLE Committee would like to give a big thanks to all the speakers and everyone who attended the Appellate Practice Section's 2018-19 Webcast CLE season. If you missed any programs, many of the webcasts are still available for purchase at The Florida Bar's website, here.

Here's what is available from this past season:

En Banc Proceedings in Florida's District Courts of Appeal
Speaker: Douglas A. Wallace, Tampa
1.0 General, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law

Getting an Amicus on Board for Your Appeal
Speaker: Douglas A. Wallace, Tampa
1.0 General, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law

The State of Appellate Mediation in Florida's State and Federal Courts
Speakers: Beth Greenfield-Mandler, Miami
Nicholas A. Shannin, Orlando
1.0 General, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law

Legislative and CRC Proposal Update
Speaker: Courtney Brewer, Tallahassee
1.0 General, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law

Appellate Practitioners in the Trial Court
Speakers: Wendy Lumish, Miami
Alina Alonso Rodriguez, Miami
1.0 General, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law

Professionalism and Ethics on Appeal
Panel: Honorable James Edwards, Daytona Beach
Honorable Kevin Emas, Miami
Honorable Jonathan Gerber, West Palm Beach
1.0 General, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law

We hope that you will consider purchasing these one-hour webcasts or one of the Section's other longer CLEs that are available on the Florida Bar's website