The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Appellate Practice Section and the CLE Committee and the Government Lawyer Section present
2016 Practicing Before the Supreme Court

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Florida Supreme Court
500 Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL

Business attire required. Pre-registration is required due to security procedures. Please plan to arrive promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Course No. 2192

The lessons learned from attending this unique CLE program, sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section and the Government Lawyer Section, can be applied to any judicial process. It is a full-day event held at Florida’s Supreme Court building which provides the opportunity for you to interact with the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court. This seminar will begin with an observation of an oral argument, followed by a discussion of the arguing attorneys involved in the case. The Justices will join the seminar for a question and answer discussion concerning the practice before the Court. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration and the seminar will include sessions on oral arguments, ethical responsibilities, jurisdictional briefs, merits briefs and amicus briefs. APPELLATE

8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Courtney Brewer, Shareholder, The Mills Firm, Program Co-Chair
Russell S. Kent, Special Counsel for Litigation, Attorney General’s Office, Program Co-Chair

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Observation of One Oral Argument
Courtroom Chamber

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Discussion of Arguing Attorneys
Conference Room
Courtney Brewer (Moderator)

10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Discussion with the Court Clerk
John Tomasino, Clerk, Florida Supreme Court
Conference Room

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presentation on Oral Argument
Former Justice Raoul G. Cantero III, Partner, White & Case LLP

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (included in registration)
Discussion with the Court
Thomas D. Hall, Of Counsel, The Mills Firm (Moderator)

1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Presentation on Ethics
Justice Charles T. Canady

2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Presentation on Merits Briefs
Matthew J. Conigliaro, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
Trisha M. Pate, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Appeals, Attorney General’s Office

2:55 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presentation on Discretionary Review
Former Justice Kenneth B. Bell, Shareholder, Gunster
Katherine E. Giddings, Partner, Akerman LLP

4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Panel on Motion Practice and Amicus Briefs
Kristina Samuels, Career Staff Attorney, Florida Supreme Court
Andrew D. Manko, Shareholder, The Mills Firm
Diane DeWolf, Associate, Akerman LLP
Russell S. Kent (Moderator)


Florida Bar CLE Courses feature electronic course materials for all live presentations, live webcasts, webinars, teleseminars, audio CDs and video DVDs. This searchable electronic material can be downloaded and printed and is available via e-mail several days in advance of the live presentation or thereafter for purchased products. The Course Book can be purchased separately. Effective July 1, 2010.



Credit may be applied to more than one of the programs above but cannot exceed the maximum for any given program. Please keep a record of credit hours earned. RETURN YOUR COMPLETED CLER AFFIDAVIT PRIOR TO CLER REPORTING DATE (see Bar News label). (Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.5).

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[Revised: 06-01-2008]