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Professional Ethics Committee
2014 Masters Seminar on Ethics
The 2014 Masters Seminar on Ethics encompasses President Eugene Pettis’ theme “Embracing Connectivity”. In celebration of this year’s theme, the Masters Seminar on Ethics features a diverse and dynamic group of speakers and a highly acclaimed Judicial Panel who will discuss a variety of ethics issues faced by both new and seasoned lawyers. This lively and entertaining seminar will present a discussion of the practice of law from an ethics perspective, highlighting an understanding of the expectations of civility, candor, and ethical behavior in and out of the courtroom, and ethical considerations related to the impact of technology in changing the practice of law, and creating balance in practice and personal life. These esteemed speakers and panelists will provide insight and best-practice tips to assist lawyers in establishing a foundation for practice based in ethics and its impact on dealing with colleagues, clients, the court, and will highlight the integration of technology and the connectivity of these relationships and issues. The 2014 Masters Seminar on Ethics will benefit and appeal to lawyers in all fields, including those practicing transactional, civil, and criminal law, in understanding how to recognize ethical pitfalls and overcome many of the ethical challenges that lawyers face today.
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Masters Seminar on Ethics
The 2013 Masters Seminar on Ethics features dynamic speakers discussing a variety of ethics issues that many lawyers face today. The highly acclaimed presenters include a former Chief District Court of Appeal judge, the Chair of The Florida Bar's annual Board Certification Review Course for Civil Trial Law, the national director of legal training for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and the Director of The Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service. Drawing on examples from their years of experience, these knowledgeable speakers will cover current ethics issues that arise in oral argument, litigation, dealing with clients, and maintaining trust accounts. These issues are especially timely given recent disciplinary cases concerning candor toward the tribunal, treatment of opposing counsel and the court, conflicts of interest, and trust accounting violations. The presentations will include lectures as well as highly interactive segments including filmed scenarios and questions and answers.
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Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section
33rd Annual Attorney Trust Officer Liaison Conference
The 2014 ATO Conference features outstanding presenters from Florida and beyond who will present on: a) the effective use of directed trusts, b) the roles of the wealth management team and the estate planner, c) portability, d) business development for professionals, e) homestead, f) special trusts for gun owners, g) recent case analysis of fiduciary liability, h) decision making for discretionary distributions, i) professional ethics for the attorney and trust officer in estate planning and administration, j) international estate planning, k) wealth transfer tax developments, l) governing law and trust situs issues, m) Florida case law and legislative update and n) dealing with the tax on trust capital gains by having the gain taxed to the beneficiary.
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33rd Annual RPPTL Legislative & Case Law Update
This seminar is an review and update of the recent legislative session and important real property, probate and trust case law. Topics include: the power of attorney act redu, limitations on design professional liability and abolition of the economic loss rule, the revamp of Florida mortgage foreclosure laws and amendments to chapter 95 and 702 of Florida Statutes, land trust amendments, probate administration, residential landlord/tenant act, community associations, development permitting, jurisdiction over nonresidents in trust litigation, ethics and arbitration.
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34th Annual RPPTL Legislative & Case Law Update Seminar

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7th Annual Construction Law Institute - Audio Recording
This two day advanced course will cover the following topics: analysis of project delivery systems; public private partnerships; current e-discovery trends in litigation and technology; privileges and attorney work product; changes in the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding E-Discovery; controlling general conditions; iPads for construction lawyers; advanced lien law; licensing issues for different delivery systems; drafting considerations and case studies for green building; legislative & case law update; ethical considerations in construction cases.
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7th Annual Construction Law Institute
This two day advanced course will cover the following topics: analysis of project delivery systems; public private partnerships; current e-discovery trends in litigation and technology; privileges and attorney work product; changes in the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding E-Discovery; controlling general conditions; iPads for construction lawyers; advanced lien law; licensing issues for different delivery systems; drafting considerations and case studies for green building; legislative & case law update; ethical considerations in construction cases.
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8th Annual Construction Law Institute - CD ONLY
This two-day advanced course will cover the following topics: ethics issues in the use of social media in litigation, effective discovery techniques in an electronic world, best practices for evaluating and preparing construction liens, building code basics for construction lawyers, insurance coverage for construction defects, practice points when representing clients with coverage issues, mitigating exposure for false claims on cost or pricing issues, expert opinion testimony in Florida, practicing before the DBPR, construction liens in arbitration, surety insolvency implications for claimants and principals and proactive arbitration advocacy techniques.
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8th Annual Construction Law Institute
This two-day advanced course will cover the following topics: ethics issues in the use of social media in litigation, effective discovery techniques in an electronic world, best practices for evaluating and preparing construction liens, building code basics for construction lawyers, insurance coverage for construction defects, practice points when representing clients with coverage issues, mitigating exposure for false claims on cost or pricing issues, expert opinion testimony in Florida, practicing before the DBPR, construction liens in arbitration, surety insolvency implications for claimants and principals and proactive arbitration advocacy techniques.
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Advanced Commercial Real Estate Loan Document Drafting and Negotiation: Lender vs. Borrower - Key Provisions to Close the Loan
This program will present a live negotiation between Lender and Borrower counsel of key provisions necessary to close a commercial real estate loan. These provisions include assignment of rents, defaults and remedies, attorneys¡¯ fees, receiverships, and waiver of tort liability among other major loan document provisions.
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Advanced Construction Law Certification Review Course

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Advanced Real Estate and Certification Review Course
This course provides participants with the opportunity to review the most recent issues affecting real estate practitioners from the preeminent attorneys in our state. It is an advanced level course intended to also prepare participants who are studying for the Real Estate Board Certification Examination. Attached please find the course registration form for further information. We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues.
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Advanced Real Estate Law & Certification Review Course

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And You Thought Estate Planning Was Easy?

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Beware Dodd-Frank: Perils with Private Lender or Seller Financing
Do you represent sellers who finance the sale of their residential real property?  Do you represent private lenders or non-traditional lenders whose loans are secured by residential real property? If the response to either question is "yes", then you need to register for this webinar to learn how the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has dramatically changed your client's (and your) responsibilities.  Attorneys who are unaware of whether their clients may qualify as “mortgage lenders,” “mortgage loan originators,” or “mortgage servicers” may be unintentionally exposing their clients to adverse regulatory action by leaving them unlicensed, unregistered, and unable to comply with the minimum standards for all individuals and business who engage in mortgage lending.    This webinar will provide a discussion of the base regulatory requirements for non-traditional lenders, and identify pathways toward substantial compliance with a growing set of laws and regulations.
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Bursting Through The Technology Barrier - The RPPTL Edition
This seminar will provide both trust & estate and real property lawyers the latest tools to use technology effectively and ethically to maximize their practices - including safely accessing cloud technology to generate and store confidential client documentation, the ethical use of social media in your practice, and the latest apps, programs and websites to make your life easier. This course provides attendees two (painless) ethics credit hours, and some great resources for your practice.
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Current Developments in Estate Planning Techniques
This new seminar will provide in depth information on cutting-edge issues and planning techniques facing trusts and estates practitioners. Topics will include planning under DOMA after the Windsor and Perry cases, practical planning and analysis for portability of the estate and gift-tax exemptions, drafting pointers when naming trusts and individuals as beneficiaries of IRAs, and asset protection trusts in light of recent developments. The ethics portion of the program will address the new Florida law on gifts to attorneys.
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E-Ethics for E-Discovery: Considerations and Solutions for the E-Practitioner
Discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) implicates a number of ethical issues for the practitioner. E-discovery raises E-ethical considerations going beyond those faced in the physical document world. In this electronic presentation the presenters will examine the seeming tension among the obligations to protect metadata and not to "mine" for metadata in relation to the E-discovery obligation not to delete metadata. The presenters will also discuss additional ethical and professional duties of the practitioner in the E-discovery context.
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Emerging Trends on the Development Front for Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Practitioners

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Ethics in Estate and Trust Administration: The Obvious and the Oblivious
A candid and practical discussion of the ethical issues inherent in estate and trust administration including identifying your client; issues raised by representation of joint fiduciaries; what to do when the personal representative crosses the line; challenges of representing the fiduciary spouse; and identifying and avoiding conflicts and dealing with the conflicts when they arise!
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Hot Topics in Real Property Litigation 2013 Edition
Real property litigation updates on topics such as: Homeowners Associations v. Lenders – The Fight for Priority; Superfund and the Burlington Northern Decision; Real Property and Business Case Law; Foreclosure Defense; the Economic Loss Rule or ‘Basic Common Law Principles’ and Constructive Service by Publication
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Litigation and Trust Law Symposium 2014

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Practical Advice for Clients on Development and Construction
The program will present pointers for advising clients and negotiating contract terms on development and construction insurance issues both from the position of the client (Developer/Design Professional/Construction Manager/Contractor/Subcontractor) and the project delivery method (Traditional Design-Bid-Build/Design-Build/Construction Management). The program also will present pointers for strategy, advising clients, and negotiating with other parties and insurers in the event of a claim.
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Practical Guidance on Platting
Practical Guidance on Platting A panel of speakers including planning professionals experienced in the day-to-day administration and interpretation of plats from the public and private sector perspectives will provide a timely look at the law of platting. Presentations will include a discussion of the substantive and procedural requirements for plats at the municipal and county level, expert planning advice on plat dedications and the intricacies involved in the elimination of platted improvements, including solutions to the issues arising with antiquated subdivisions across the state, the application of common law rules and cases to platting and tips on how to ensure that a conveyance clearly provides for a specific result.
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Probate Law 2014 Seminar
This seminar is intended to provide practitioners with useful insight and information pertinent to handling Florida probate proceedings. Speakers will focus on serving as legal counsel to personal representatives and dealing with unique and complicated issues in a Florida probate, such as bank accounts of nondomiciliaries, lost heirs, community property, bizarre assets, and homestead mistakes. Other topics include deciphering the current rights of same-sex couples in the probate context, a summary of tax issues that practitioners must be mindful of in the probate process, and a primer on dealing with creditor claims under current Florida law. The seminar also includes a session on the murky and often emotionally-charged issue of dealing with a decedent’s remains, followed by a valuable and informative probate case law and legislative update. The seminar will conclude with an ethics presentation focused on avoiding pitfalls during the estate administration process.
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Probate Law: Essential Issues and Development
This seminar is intended to provide practitioners with real life insight in handling challenging issues that arise in the course of a Florida probate proceeding. Speakers will focus on the impact of asset protection planning and estate tas apportionment in a probate administration, the rules governing notice, service and jurisdiction in estates, as well as overcoming common problems and challenges that arise during the probate process. Other topics include an update on Florida's continually evolving homestead laws, along with a session on properly closing out an estate. A Panel will speak on administering "quirky" estate assets, such as artwork, firearms, and the like. Finally, the seminar includes an ethics component focusing on an attorney's duties to the personal representative and other interested persons.
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Recent Developments in Arbitration - the Revised Florida Arbitration Code and Recent Supreme Court Decisions
In 2013, the Florida Legislature amended the Florida Arbitration Code when it enacted the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act approved by the National Commission on Uniform State Laws and the American Bar Association. Now called the Revised Florida Arbitration Code, Florida has substantially rewritten the statutes governing arbitration. During the amendment process, the United States Supreme Court has decided cases dealing with arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act, which would preempt the Revised Florida Arbitration Code. This CLE addresses the substantive changes to Florida statutes dealing with arbitration and the decisional law recently handed down by the high court.
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Roads and Sewers and Drainage Oh My! Implied Warranties Post-Maronda Homes
The webinar will provide a procedural and factual history of the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Maronda Homes, Inc. of Florida v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association, Inc. The speakers will review the history of common law implied warranties from Gable v. Silver to Maronda. They will also review the impact of Maronda on Section 553.835, Florida Statutes, which the legislature enacted to abrogate all common law implied warranties for “off site improvements.” Finally, the speakers will discuss the current status of common law implied warranties after Maronda and Section 553.835.
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Secrets of CDDs: Unveiling the Mysteries and Unlocking the Possibilities
The goal of the seminar is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Community Development Districts within Florida. Then seminar will start with a primer on community Development Districts ("CDD"), why and how CDDs are created. The seminar will then move to CDD issues and a practitioner should consider when contemplating a real estate transaction. An underwriter and bond counsel will discuss current and future trends of the bond market and bond market impacts on CDD transactions. A panel presentation will analyze issues of a failing/failed real estate project; when and how projects can be restructured in today's economy. We will close with a future trends presentation and a discussion of ethical considerations a practitioner should address regarding CDDs.
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Thanks But No Thanks! The Ethics of Client Gifts and New Legislation Addressing Gifts to Lawyers
This program will address and discuss ethical considerations involved in soliciting and accepting client gifts with a focus on new legislation which renders gifts to lawyers and their families void under certain circumstances. The program will also discuss the ethical issues associated with assisting a client in making a gift to a charity with which the lawyer has a pre-existing relationship.
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The Ins & Outs of Community Association Law 2014

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The Perils of Boilerplate and Other Common Real Estate Contract Provisions
The speakers will analyze certain often used “boilerplate” provisions in real estate contracts and leases and how such provisions can have unintended consequences. Cases turning on the interpretation of these provisions will be reviewed, and drafting tips for these provisions will be discussed
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Trick or Treat: The Revised Land Trust Act - All Treats No Tricks
The Revised Land Trust Act seminar will take a look at the history and background of Land Trusts; the Revised Land Trust Act - where are we at now and why; the Illinois Land Trusts and the changes in Florida; taxation; financing; timeshares as well as ethical issues.
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TRIM Those Taxes: 2013 Update For Challenging Ad Valorem Taxes
It's that time again! The County Property Appraisers' TRIM Notices are out and clients continue to seek your advice about the values and classifications attributed to their properties. This program is intended to provide an update for real estate practitioners on various methods for evaluating and challenging ad valorem tax assessments and the resulting taxes; a review of the appraisal and appeal process, including proceedings before the Value Adjustment Board (VAB); and discussion of matters regarding Homestead and other exemptions, qualifications and classifications that affect owners and their properties. The speakers for this program have practiced in this arena for many years and have extensive experience in representing property owners both in the courts and in VAB proceedings.
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What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Fight Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
The legal profession is under considerable pressure from both domestic and international sources to implement effective risk-based measures to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. In October 2008, the world’s leading standard setter for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policies, the Financial Action Task Force, adopted risk based guidance for the legal profession. The American Bar Association, in consultation with numerous ABA Sections and specialty bar associations, has developed voluntary good practices guidance to implement the 2008 risk based guidance. At the same time, Congress is considering legislation that may impose mandatory, or a “rules based,” approach on the legal profession. This program, which is of interest to all Florida attorneys, will trace the development of the 2008 guidance and the good practices guidance, update outreach efforts with Congress and the Obama Administration and other key stakeholders, and distill the new reality of implementing a voluntary risk-based client due diligence regime within your law firm in light of these developments.
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Wills Trusts & Estates Certification Review Course 2014
Topics include elective share and homestead, will and trust modifications, asset protection, estate administration, trust accountings, Florida Principal and Income Act, probate & trust litigation, and extensive coverage on taxes. Those who have applied to take the certification exam may find this course a useful tool in preparing for the exam. It is developed and conducted without any involvement or endorsement by the BLSE and/or Certification committees. Those who have developed the program, however, have significant experience in their field and have tried to include topics the exam may cover. Candidates for certification who take this course should not assume that the course material will cover all topics on the examination.
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“Drafting a Better Commercial Real Estate Contract - Standard Provisions and Pitfalls”

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Tax Section
32nd Annual International Tax Conference
The 32st Annual International Tax Conference, presented by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is designed as an intermediate to advanced level conference. This conference will update practitioners in the accounting, legal, business and other financial sectors on current and relevant international tax topics. Prominent tax practitioners (both attorneys and CPAs), as well as government speakers, will discuss new developments, tax planning ideas, current issues, and changes in the laws applying to international ta planning and how it impacts your clients. For those no located in South Florida, in addition to all of the technical knowledge, add the fact that this is located in Miami ... in January! This is the "DO NOT MISS" international tax conference of the year!
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33rd Annual International Tax Conference
The International Tax Conference sessions include inbound and outbound developments in international taxation, residence vs. domicile, tax planning with inversions and more. We are proud to bring some of the best instructors and experts from all over the globe to share their worldly inspiration and insight with you.
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Asset Protection Industry Leaders Present Key Tools, Technologies and Insights to Create a Successful Wealth Protection Plan
This seminar will provide instruction on how to ask questions and obtain the right documents, how to structure an integrated income, how to use cutting edge tools to protect wealth and how to decide whether to use domestic or foreign in creating a protective plan. A hardcopy of the materials will be provided by the Tax Section to all attendees of the live program.
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IRS: We Got What it Takes to Take What You Got (Round 2)
This seminar will include tips from former IRS and Department of Justice attorneys and employees what they couldn't say when they were with the Government - from things not to do, pet peeves, ethical issues and tactical considerations. Don't miss this behind the scenes look at the IRS from past employees of the IRS including keynote speaker, former Commissioner, Lawrence B. Gibbs.
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Representing the Physician 2014: Hot Topics
"Representing the Physician" is the 9th annual session of this highly successful program. "Representing the Physician" focuses on an array of practical topics for experienced practitioners who represent physicians in transactional and other matters. It is designed so that the attendee takes away advanced ideas and knowledge that can be used in daily practice and to help spot and resolve issues that may not always be apparent.
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Representing the Physician 2015: Protecting Physicians and Medical Practices from Liability and Other Diseases
Representing the Physician" is the 10th annual session of this highly successful program. "Representing the Physician" focuses on an array of practical topics for experienced practitioners who represent physicians in transactional and other matters. It is designed so that the attendee takes away advanced ideas and knowledge that can be used in daily practice and to help spot and resolve issues that may not always be apparent.
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Tax Planning for Real Property Developers and Investors
This seminar will include an overview of the tax deferral rules under Code Section 1031, a discussion of how the new Florida LLC Act could impact real estate transactions, a survey of Chapter 201, general overview of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, Code Section 1411, and the key tax rules that govern investments in real estate by REITS and tax-exempts, with a focus on the fractions rule, carried interests and related partnership tax issues.
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The ABC's and XYZ's of LLC's
Example-based discussions of; taxation of LLCs; pass-through entities in various jurisdictions; significant changes to the Florida LLC Act before Section 608 is repealed on 1/1/15, as well as the recent legislative updates to the Act; practical drafting tips; and the use of LLCs.
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Trial Lawyers Section
Advanced Trial Advocacy - 2014
The Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar is a hands-on, learning-by-doing trial skills training. It is intended for attorneys who have practiced a minimum of five years and are involved in a full time litigation practice. Jury experience is preferable but not required. This advanced seminar is a NITA Style interactive format with judges and lawyers from around the state. It provides all the required CLE and Ethics credits for the three year cycle. The faculty consists of trial court judges and board certified trial lawyers from around the state. This is an intense interactive program for both the novice and the experienced litigator. Fifty-six (56) attorneys will be selected. Selection is based on a first-come, first served basis. The case file for this program is used as a source of facts and law for the training. Participants hear lectures, and join in discussion and demonstrations. Participants also receive suggestions from experienced Florida trial lawyers on making for more effective presentations. Presentations are videotaped and critiqued in one-on-one sessions.
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Annual Civil Trial Update and Board Certification Review Seminar
This course is designed for two audiences: those who are preparing to take the Board Certification exam for civil trial or business litigation and those who want a refresher course and update on civil trial practice. The course has been approved for 15 hours of CLE certification credit for civil trial and 11.5 business litigation, including 2 hours of ethics credit.
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Annual Civil Trial Update and Certification Review - 2015
This course is designed for two audiences: those who are preparing to take the Board Certification exam for civil trial or business litigation and those who want a refresher course and update on civil trial practice. The course has been approved for 15 hours of CLE certification credit for civil trial and 11.5 business litigation, including 2 hours of ethics credit.
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Hot Topics in Evidence - 2014
This one day seminar has been designed to appeal to civil, criminal, and appellate practitioners. Those in attendance will benefit from a thorough discussion of the latest developments in Florida evidence law, and an exploration of difficult, recurring evidentiary issues.
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Medical Malpractice Seminar
This advanced seminar will address recent changes in the law of medical malpractice. The format will be interactive with an attempt to present the plaintiff and defense perspectives in dealing with current legal issues that confront the attorney handling medical negligence cases.
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Workers' Compensation Section
The Affordable Care Act and Worker's Compensation
Part 1 covers the requirements and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Part 2 covers its expected impacts on Florida workers' compensation.
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440.205 Claims- Coercion of Employees
Florida Statute 440.205 states that no employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce any employee by reason of such employee's valid claim for compensation or attempt to claim compensation under the Workers' Compensation Law. What does it take for an Employee to support a 440.205 claim? What can an Employer do to defend against a possible 440.205 claim? The basics of 440.205 are explained and suggestions for the Employee and the Employer are given.
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Apportionment Under Chapter 440 and Impact of the Daubert Standard

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Getting the Most from your Vocational Expert
Many permanent total disability trials are won or lost based upon the strength of vocational evidence so lining up your expert is key. Attend this seminar to gain the insight of an experienced vocational expert in the areas of preparing a credible vocational assessment, establishing legitimate job searches and presenting testimony at trial. Effective pre-trial strategies, voir dire and cross examination tactics with your opponent’s expert will be discussed as well. This is a must-attend for any practitioner who takes a permanent total disability claim to final hearing
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Rise and Phall and Rise Again of Westphal
This seminar will cover the background of the Westphal Case; the first 1st DCA decision; the second en banc 1st DCA decision, and ther certiication to the Supreme Court.
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Whatever Happened to Major Contributing Cause
This seminar will take a brief look at the evolution of the causation standard governing Florida Workers’ Compensation claims since 1994.
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Workers' Compensation Law Survey: Misrepresentation
A comprehensive examination of the statutes dealing with misrepresentation and the appellate decisions interpreting those sections of the law. The discussion includes the requisite elements of intent, provides insight into specific procedural and substantive requirements for attorneys litigating these matters, and discusses how Judges of Compensation Claims view and rule on this affirmative defense.
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Young Lawyers Division

Effective March 6, 2010, new lawyers or members that have not yet completed their three Basic CLE course component of the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR), Rule 6-12, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, will be able to fulfill this requirement either by attending a live Basic CLE presentation or participating in the 24/7 online CLE version of the Basic program and obtaining a certificate of completion. This online CLE option will replace the previously offered video replays. Live webcasts/virtual seminars, audio-CD and video-DVD programs will not satisfy this requirement. You can register for upcoming live seminars or participate in the 24/7 On-line CLE at your convenience and any time, 24 hours a day, by accessing The Florida Bar CLE website at www.floridabar.org/CLE.

The in-person attendance requirement for Practicing with Professionalism has not changed.

The expanded delivery method option for satisfying the BSCR only affects those attorneys who have not yet completed the BSCR. To verify your compliance and reporting dates, please check our website at www.floridabar.org/cler.


Basic Appellate Practice 2014
A basic overview of appellate practice in Florida intended for the new attorney or attorneys new to the practice.
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Basic Criminal Law 2014
Intended as a basic overview of criminal law for the new attorney or attorneys new to the practice area with topics to include criminal representation, handling Bar grievances, ethics, DUI cases, federal practice, juvenile representation, and a judicial panel discussion.
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Basic Discovery 2013
A basic overview of discovery intended for the new lawyer or as a refresher for the established lawyer. Topics to include Discovery Nuances, Discovery and Criminal Law, Requests for Production and Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, Depositions and Subpoenas.
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Basic Federal Practice 2014
A basic overview of Federal Practice intended for the new attorney or for attorneys new to the practice area. Topics to include Trial Advocay and Cross-Examination, Discovery and E-Discovery, Motions for Summary Judgment, Role of the U.S. Magistrate, Practical Aspects of the Federal Rules, Trial Preparation and Strategies and Ethics. NOTICE TO ALL BAR MEMBERS WITHIN THEIR FIRST THREE (3) YEARS OF ADMISSION: Pursuant to Rule 6-12.1(b), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, you are required to complete three (3) “Basic” level substantive CLE courses presented by the Young Lawyers Division within your initial 3 year cycle after admission to The Florida Bar. (This is in addition to your attendance at the Practicing With Professionalism Seminar). This seminar satisfies one (1) of the course requirements. Effective March 6, 2010, new lawyers or members that have not yet completed their three Basic CLE course component of the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR), Rule 6-12, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, will be able to fulfill this requirement either by attend­ing a live Basic CLE presentation or participating in the 24/7 on-line CLE version of the Basic program and obtaining a certificate of completion. This on-line CLE option will replace the previously offered video replays. Live webcasts/virtual seminars, audio-CD and video-DVD programs will not satisfy this requirement. You can register for upcoming live seminars or participate in the 24/7 On-line CLE at your convenience and any time, 24 hours a day, by accessing The Florida Bar CLE website at www.floridabar.org/CLE. The in-person attendance requirement for Practicing with Professionalism has not changed. This expanded delivery method option for satisfying the BSCR only affects those attorneys who have not yet completed the BSCR.
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Basic Labor & Employment 2014
A basic overview of Labor and Employment Law intended for the new lawyer or lawyers new to the practice area. Topics to include Title VII and FCRA Overview, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws, Retaliation & Whistleblowing,Fair Labor Standards Act & Overtime, Family & Medical Leave Act, American with Disabilities Act, State Law Claims, Non-Competes and Separations, and National Labor Relations Law Act.
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Basic Probate Guardianship & Elder Law 2014
A basic overview of Probate, Guardianship and Elder Law designed for new attorneys or attorneys new to the practice area. Topics to include Basic Probate, Trust Code Basics, Power of Attorney, Homestead, Basic Guardianship, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security NOTICE TO ALL BAR MEMBERS WITHIN THEIR FIRST THREE (3) YEARS OF ADMISSION: Pursuant to Rule 6-12.1(b), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, you are required to complete three (3) “Basic” level substantive CLE courses presented by the Young Lawyers Division within your initial 3 year cycle after admission to The Florida Bar. (This is in addition to your attendance at the Practicing With Professionalism Seminar). This seminar satisfies one (1) of the course requirements. Effective March 6, 2010, new lawyers or members that have not yet completed their three Basic CLE course component of the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR), Rule 6-12, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, will be able to fulfill this requirement either by attend­ing a live Basic CLE presentation or participating in the 24/7 on-line CLE version of the Basic program and obtaining a certificate of completion. This on-line CLE option will replace the previously offered video replays. Live webcasts/virtual seminars, audio-CD and video-DVD programs will not satisfy this requirement. You can register for upcoming live seminars or participate in the 24/7 On-line CLE at your convenience and any time, 24 hours a day, by accessing The Florida Bar CLE website at www.floridabar.org/CLE. The in-person attendance requirement for Practicing with Professionalism has not changed. This expanded delivery method option for satisfying the BSCR only affects those attorneys who have not yet completed the BSCR.
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Basic Trial Practice 2013
This is a one day seminar designed for new lawyers or as a refresher course for established lawyers. Topics to include Litigation, Discovery, Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Witness Examination, Closing Arguments. The seminar will also include a judicial panel discussion.
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Basic Trial Practice 2015
This is a one day seminar designed for new lawyers or as a refresher course for established lawyers. Topics to include Litigation, Discovery, Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Witness Examination, Closing Arguments. The seminar will also include a judicial panel discussion
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Practicing with Professionalism Fall 2014
A one day seminar providing a broad overview of ethical and professional issues designed for new lawyers in fulfillment of phase 1 of the Basic Skills Coure Requirement. The Florida Supreme Court in The Florida Bar Re: Amendment to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Rule 6-12 (Basic Skills Course Requirement, 524 So. 2d 634 (Fla. 1988), made Practicing with Professionalism, mandatory for attorneys admitted to The Florida Bar after October 1, 1988. Effective on May 12, 2005, the Supreme Court of Florida amended Rule 6-12.3 and Rule 6-12.4. These amended rules state that in addition to attending Practicing with Professionalism, new admittees must attend three "basic" level substantive continuing legal education programs presented by the YLD. The Basic Skills Course Requirement must be completed within the initial 3-year continuing legal education cycle after admission to The Florida Bar or within 2 years after the expiration of any exempt status. The Practicing with Professionalism requirement must be met within the first year of admission to The Florida Bar or one year prior to being admitted to The Florida Bar. Out-of-State Practitioners, Military lawyers and Governmental lawyers may be exempt from the Basic Skills Course Requirement and should refer to Rule 6-12.4 to determine eligibility for an exemption
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Practicing with Professionalism Fall 2014
Notice: All seminars being held in Fall 2014 are now full. Registration for Spring 2015 will open on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:30 am. Open page for more details.
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Practicing with Professionalism Spring 2015
A one day seminar providing a broad overview of ethical and professional issues designed for new lawyers in fulfillment of phase 1 of the Basic Skills Coure Requirement. The Florida Supreme Court in The Florida Bar Re: Amendment to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Rule 6-12 (Basic Skills Course Requirement, 524 So. 2d 634 (Fla. 1988), made Practicing with Professionalism, mandatory for attorneys admitted to The Florida Bar after October 1, 1988. Effective on May 12, 2005, the Supreme Court of Florida amended Rule 6-12.3 and Rule 6-12.4. These amended rules state that in addition to attending Practicing with Professionalism, new admittees must attend three "basic" level substantive continuing legal education programs presented by the YLD. The Basic Skills Course Requirement must be completed within the initial 3-year continuing legal education cycle after admission to The Florida Bar or within 2 years after the expiration of any exempt status. The Practicing with Professionalism requirement must be met within the first year of admission to The Florida Bar or one year prior to being admitted to The Florida Bar. Out-of-State Practitioners, Military lawyers and Governmental lawyers may be exempt from the Basic Skills Course Requirement and should refer to Rule 6-12.4 to determine eligibility for an exemption
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