The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Appellate Practice Section present
The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal

Course Classification: Intermediate
Live Presentation and Webcast: Friday, May 11, 2012
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Course No. 1465R

This course is designed to assist trial and appellate counsel in determining when and how to make sufficient objections to preserve error for appeal. The course will cover every phase of the trial, beginning with pleadings and ending with post-trial motions. The course will primarily be taught by judges from Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, who will provide practitioners with unique insights into common preservation pitfalls and traps for the unwary.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Late Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Working with Appellate Lawyers at the Trial Level
Jessie L. Harrell, Creed & Gowdy, Jacksonville
Joseph V. Camerlengo, Camerlengo Law Group, Jacksonville

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Pleadings, Discovery, Pre-trial Motions and Interlocutory Review
Judge Frank Shepherd, 3rd DCA

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jury Selection
Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr. 3rd DCA

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Evidentiary Issues
Chief Judge Melanie May, 4th DCA

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (included in registration)
Panel Discussion: A View From the Bench On Avoiding the
Common Preservation Pitfalls
Moderated By: Christopher V. Carlyle, The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm, The Villages
Panel Members:
Judge Bradford Thomas, 1st DCA
Judge Juan Ramirez, 3rd DCA
Judge Frank Shepherd, 3rd DCA
Judge Burton Conner, 4th DCA
Chief Judge Melanie May, 4th DCA

1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Ethical Issues in Trial Practice
Judge Scott Makar, 1st DCA

2:10 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Closing Arguments
Larry A. Klein, Holland & Knight (ret. 4th DCA Judge)

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, Jury Questions and Conduct, Jury Verdicts
Judge Burton Conner, 4th DCA

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Motions for Directed Verdict and for Judgment in Accordance with Motion for Directed Verdict and Post-trial Motions
Judge Bradford Thomas, 1st DCA


To register for the live Webcast, please print and complete the registration form then send with payment by mail or fax. Call The Florida Bar Order Entry Department at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5831 with any questions.

WEBCAST / WEBINAR - Registrants who participate in a live webcast will receive an email with a link and log-in credentials 2 days prior to the seminar to include access to the course materials. If The Florida Bar does not have your e-mail address, contact Order Entry Department at 850-561-5831.

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Print the attached PDF brochure for more detailed information.



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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