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June 1, 2013
Technology seminars take center stage at Bar convention

By Mark D. Killian
Managing Editor

Need to get up to speed on everything “E”?

Michelle Suskauer The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention June 26-29 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club has what you need, especially on June 26, when technology-centric seminars are featured throughout the day.

“Our goal is to enrich the lives and practices of our membership by offering timely seminars as part of the convention registration fee at no additional charge,” said Michelle Suskauer, the convention’s chair.

To be an effective practitioner today, Suskauer said, lawyers must keep up with the latest technology and the seminars set for the first day of the convention provide attorneys the tools needed to assist them in their practice.

Tech seminars on tap for that Wednesday include:

* “Adjusting to Service by E-Mail: Fundamentals, Failures, and Consequences,” 9 – 10 a.m.

* “E-filing and the ePortal in Florida State Courts,” 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (limited availability)

* “Understanding the Cloud: What It Is, What You Can Do With It, and What the Ethics Are,” 1–2 p.m.

* “Chapter 9 Legal Services Plans in Florida: A Way to Grow Your Private Practice PLUS ‘Tech Tips’ and ‘Traffic Infractions,’” 1–5 p.m.

* “Ten Things Florida Lawyers Must Know About E-Discovery,” 2–4 p.m. (limited availability)

* “A.I.M. Mediation: Advocacy, Impasse & Marketing,” 2–5 p.m.

* “Responsible Connectivity — How Not to Be Consumed by Technology,” 4:30–5:30 p.m.

On June 28, the Business Law Section presents “New E-Discovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedures,” as a Presidential Showcase seminar from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There also will be plenty of legal technology vendors available in the exhibition hall ready to demonstrate their services and products throughout the convention.

“We encourage all members to participate in these outstanding programs, which are sure to enrich both your professional lives and law practices,” Suskauer said. “We really wanted this to appeal to solo and small firm practitioners who make up the majority of the membership of The Florida Bar.”

Attendees may also download the 2013 Florida Bar Convention app to their smartphone or mobile device to ease transitions between lunches, meetings, and CLEs. The free interactive convention app is available from The Florida Bar’s website at and in the app store. It provides up-to-date information while on site.

[Revised: 08-29-2014]