Florida Conference of DCA Judges and 2021 Education Program

AUGUST 24- 26, 2021 at the Omni Amelia Island Resort  
This year, Appellate Practice Section members, again, can participate in the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges and 2021 Education Program. The conference is hosted by and presented to the appellate judges of Florida. Participants have the opportunity to learn from appellate judges and attorneys from across Florida and beyond as well as attend most of the educational program with the judges. This year’s event takes place at the beautiful Omni Amelia Island Resort and kicks off on the evening of Tuesday, August 24, 2021 with a Welcome Reception sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section. Wednesday boasts a full day of educational programming along with breakfast and lunch with the judges, and the event will conclude for Appellate Practice Section members on Thursday, August 26, 2021 with an afternoon meeting of the APS Executive Council preceded by breakfast, lunch, and a half day of CLE programming.


Tuesday, August, 24, 2021

4:30 PM – 6:00 PMRegistration and Check-InAmelia Foyer 
6:00 PM – 8:00 PMWelcome Receptions Sunrise Cafe and Terrace

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

7:00 AM – 5:00 PMRegistration Desk OpenAmelia Foyer
7:00 AM – 8:30 AMContinental BreakfastAmelia Foyer
7:30 AM – 8:30 AMWestlaw Training SessionSapelo B 
8:30 AM – 4:30 PMEducation ProgramAmelia 1-2
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMLuncheon and State of the Judiciary Address
by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady
Amelia 3-4

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady will provide the luncheon address focused on the state of the Florida judiciary and the operations of the Third Branch with comments from Florida Bar President Michael G. Tanner.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

7:00 AM – 5:00 PMRegistration Desk OpenAmelia Foyer
7:00 AM – 8:30 AMContinental BreakfastAmelia Foyer
7:30 AM – 8:30 AMWestlaw Training SessionSapelo B 
8:30 AM – 12:30 PMEducation ProgramAmelia 1-2
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMAPS LuncheonLive Oak Room
1:30 PM – 3:30 PMAPS Executive Council MeetingLive Oak Room
Open to all APS members. 

CLE Program and Accreditation

Judge Scott Makar and his DCA Conference Education Committee have put together an impressive educational program. Included are a presentation on the role of state courts and state constitutions in the development of American Constitutional Law by the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; presentations by criminal law and Fourth Amendment scholars, Professor Wayne Logan of Florida State University College of Law and Professor Christopher Slobogin of Vanderbilt Law School; two panel discussions, one with the newest Florida Supreme Court Justices and the other with the five new DCA Chief Judges, as well as other timely presentations on topics such as legal writing for the rewired brain and a presentation by 2013 Pulitzer Prize-Winning author, Gilbert King, on his newest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun.


General: 12.5
Technology: 3.0  


Appellate Practice: 12.5
Criminal Appellate Law: 12.5
City, County and Local Government Law: 6.0
State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice: 6.0  

COURSE LEVEL: Advanced Course NO: 4322 


Conference and hotel registration closes July 19, 2021.

Ticket Types

APS Member Conference Registration – $375
Your APS Member Conference Registration gets you exclusive access to the following conference events:

  • Tuesday Night Welcome Reception
  • Wednesday and Thursday Continental Breakfasts
  • Wednesday and Thursday Luncheons
  • Wednesday Full Day of CLE Programming
  • Thursday Half Day of CLE Programming
  • Thursday APS Executive Council Meeting

APS members may purchase up to 1 guest ticket along with their conference registration for entrance into the Tuesday night Welcome Reception. No other events are included in this ticket.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel room block closes July 19, 2021, or sooner if full.

Omni Amelia Island Resort
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Special Conference Rate – $150 per night
Inclusive of all resort fees/taxes. Guest room internet is also included in the rate, as is self-parking.  

Reserve online (click link below) or by phone at (888) 444-OMNI/(904) 261-6161
Mention Reference Group: Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges