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Appellate Continuing Legal Education
Monthly Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the upcoming fiscal year of Appellate Practice Section audio webcast presentations! Each year, the Section offers the option of purchasing each month's program individually ($45 each for APS members) or purchasing the entire season of programs in advance (in the live audio webcast format only) for a discounted price ($360 for the season for APS members) - a $90 savings. But, the live audio webcast series presale bundled season of programs is only available for purchase for a limited time (now through Monday, July 19) and aftermarket bundles are not available at the discounted price, so make sure to register today to save!

Each of the programs in the series is accredited at the Intermediate level for 1.0 General CLE credit. Additionally, each audio webcast is accredited for 1.0 Appellate Practice Certification credit and 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law Certification credit. Several of the programs are also accredited for Civil Trial Certification credits and/or Ethics credits. CJE credits for each live audio webcast are pending application with the Office of Court Education.


The 2021-2022 Monthly Webinar Series


Tuesday, July 20, 2021 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
DCA Judicial Nominating Commissions (4834)

- Rian Balfour, US Radiology Specialists, Miramar
- Alexander "Alex" Caballero, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, P.A., Tampa
- Lindsey Lazopoulos Friedman, United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of FL, Coral Gables
- Mohammad "Mo" Jazil, Hopping Green & Sams, Tallahassee
- Hon. Carrie Ann Wozniak, Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal, Orlando

Current and former members from all five District Courts of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commissions will participate in a can't miss panel discussion that will cover all the basics about the process. Tune in to hear how the panelists became JNC members, the amount of work nominating entails, and what judicial applicants can expect. We'll also explore the differences, if any, in the five JNCs.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
Getting the Right Relief at the Trial Court (4836)

- Courtney L. Fernald, Englander Fischer, St. Petersburg
- Edward G. "Ed" Guedes, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L., Miami

It only takes a few appeals to learn that some appeals are over before they even begin, depending on what happened at the trial court. Board Certified Appellate Specialists Courtney Fernald and Ed Guedes will cover the steps you should take to ensure your client gets all the right relief. Come hear about differences in the rehearing/reconsideration process at the trial court versus the appellate court and what you need to do to get your appeal right before you even file a notice of appeal. The presenters will also discuss what you can do once you are on appeal to set yourself up for success when the case returns to the trial court.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
Attorney's Fees on Appeal (4840)

- Maegen Peek Luka, Newsome Melton, Orlando
- Anthony "Tony" Russo, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, Tampa

We all want to get paid. And if someone other than your client has to foot the bill, all the better. After all, your client wants the most recovery possible. Maegen Peek Luka and Tony Russo will share their expertise in using Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.400 and 9.410 to obtain awards of attorneys' fees in appellate proceedings based on statute, contract, and sanctions.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
Preservation of Errors Involving the Jury (4852)

- Daniel A. Rock, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Miami

The jury has spoken and you don't like what they had to say. But what if the outcome had more to do with the jurors than with the merits of your case? Maybe something was amiss in jury selection or juror misconduct occurred. To get it fixed, you better be sure you've preserved the problem for appellate court review. Daniel Rock will walk us through the various errors that might occur at a jury trial and how to preserve them.


Tuesday, November 16, 2021 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
OA Prep and Moot Courts (4864)

- Richard J. Suarez, JAMS, Miami
- Shannon McLin, Florida Appeals, Orlando
- Jeffrey "Jeff" DeSousa, Florida Office of the Attorney General, Tallahassee

Some attorneys make oral argument look easy, but we know it takes practice, skill, and a whole lot of preparation. This panel, which includes practitioners and a former appellate judge, will give you insight from both sides of the bench so you can deliver a top notch OA.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
Appellate Law 2021 Year in Review (4865)

- Matthew "Matt" J. Conigliaro, Carlton Fields, Tampa

Webcast fan favorite Board Certified Appellate Specialist Matt Conigliaro will cover the most interesting opinions and other appellate points of interest from 2021.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
The Opinion is Out ... Now What? (4866)

- Christine "Chrissy" Davis, Carlton Fields, Tallahassee
- William D. Slicker, William D. Slicker, P.A., St. Petersburg

Every good appellate lawyer knows that even once an opinion is released, the work isn't over. This webcast will discuss the practical and procedural steps appellate practitioners should take post-opinion to preserve their clients' rights, including post-opinion motions, enforcing judgments, and seeking further review.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
How to Write Shorter Briefs (4867)

- Marcia "Marcy" Lippincott, Marcia K. Lippincott, P.A., Lake Mary
- Mark Tinker, Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., Tampa

Though every lawyer aspires to write memorable briefs that are no longer than necessary, the art of writing shorter briefs is difficult to achieve. This webcast will focus on giving attendees practical solutions and ideas for achieving brevity in their writing, covering topics such as organization, concise prose, and proofreading.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
Summary Judgement Standards (4868)

- Hon. Beth Bloom, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami
- Hon. Lisa Walsh, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami

On the last day of 2020, the Florida Supreme Court promulgated a rule change that adopted the summary judgment standard practiced in federal courts, a monumental development for Florida's civil practitioners. Join us for a discussion of this change's impact with judicial luminaries, the Honorable Beth Bloom (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and former Circuit Court Judge for Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit) and the Honorable Lisa Walsh (Circuit Court Judge for Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit).


Tuesday, May 17, 2022 — 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
Class Action Appeals (4872)

- Jonathan Streisfeld, Kopelowitz Ostrow, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale

Although class actions serve an important role in our judicial system, they are substantively and procedurally challenging to litigate. This webcast will focus on class action appeals, identifying common pitfalls that befall class action litigators and discussing best practices for overcoming (or exploiting) these pitfalls on appeal.


Series Accreditation


CLER Program:
  • 10.0 General*
  • 1.0 Ethics*
Certification Program:
  • 10.0* Appellate Practice
  • 10.0* Criminal Appellate Law
  • 4.0* Civil Trial

Course Level: Intermediate
Course # 4827*

*Accreditation and course number info listed above is applicable to the purchase of the entire series only.


Purchasing Options


Live Audio Webcast Presale Bundle
(Available until July 19)
$360 APS Members | $760 Non-Section Members
Buy the Live Audio Webcast Series Presale Bundle NOW

Aftermarket Bundle
(On-Demand, Downloadable Audio, or CD)
$450 APS Members | $850 Non-Section Members
Buy the Aftermarket Webcast Series Presale Bundle NOW

Individual Programs
(Live Audio Webcast, CD, On-Demand, or Downloadable, Audio)
$45 EACH APS Members | $85 Each Non-Section Members
Buy Individual Live Audio Webcast Programs Now*
Buy Individual CD Programs Now*


*Important Information Regarding CLE Formats and How to Buy

The live audio webcast series presale bundle is available for purchase now and until July 19, 2021. Individual live audio webcast programs are available for purchase now and up until the live air date of each program. Purchasers of either the live audio webcast series presale bundle or live individual audio webcasts have 90 days to listen to each presentation following the live program air date for each program. Additionally, this series and the individual CLE programs are available for purchase in various aftermarket formats including CD, 24/7 on-demand, and downloadable audio. However, aftermarket format purchases do not qualify for the presale discounted price.

To purchase individual live audio webcast programs or individual CD programs, click on "Buy Individual Live Audio Webcast Programs" or "Buy Individual CD Programs" above and search by course number (listed individually beside each course in the above series schedule).

The aftermarket CD series bundle is available for purchase now, but will not be shipped until 4-6 weeks following the live program air date for the last program in the series (May 17, 2022). Individual aftermarket CD programs are available for purchase now, but will not be shipped until 4-6 weeks following the live program air date for each program. On-Demand and Downloadable Audio formats for both the series and individual programs are not available for purchase at this time. Individual programs will be available for purchase in On-Demand or Downloadable Audio formats approximately 1 week following the live air date for each program. The series will be available for purchase in On-Demand or Downloadable Audio formats approximately 1 week following the live air date for the last program in the series (May 17, 2022).