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.
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
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Discussion of Arguing Attorneys
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
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)