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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

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

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16th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update & Certification Review
At this two-day CLE, topics include constitutional employment claims; Public Employees Relations Act; Family and Medial Leave Act; Affordable Care Act, New Requirements and Obligations for 2016; Whistleblower statutes/WC retaliation; common law employment claims; unemployment appeals; drug testing; Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; USERRA; EEO - Substantive; EEO - Procedural; ERISA; statutory and common law protection of business interests; OSHA; and workplace privacy/FCRA.
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2016 Advanced Construction Law Certification Review Course
The RPPTL Section’s Construction Law Certification Review Course provides 21 hours of CLE over 2 1/2 days of comprehensive discussion perfect for experts or those simply wanting to brush up their skills.   The course covers eighteen subjects, including Design Liability, Construction Contracts and Contract Forums, Differences between Private and Public Construction Projects, Theories of Recovery and Causes of Action, Damages and Remedies, Delay Analysis, Licensing and Administrative Procedures Act, Suretyship, Insurance, Lien Law, Construction Lending, Condominium and Homeowners Associations, ADR, and of course, Ethics.  The course is held at the JW Marriott Grande Lake, Orlando, on March 10-12, 2016, concurrent with the Florida Bar’s Annual Construction Law Institute, allowing attendees to share meals and networking time with over 250 Florida construction lawyers.  
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2016 Advanced Topics in Administrative, Environmental and Government Law
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Introduction Jowanna N. Oates, Chief Attorney, Joint Administrative Procedures Committee Ralph Demeo, Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams Russell Kent, Special Counsel for Litigation, Attorney General’s Office 8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. State and Federal Constitutional Claims Sidney Ansbacher Partner, Upchurch Bailey and Upchurch 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Bid Protests Brian A. Newman Shareholder, Pennigton, P.A. 10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Break 10:35 a.m. -11:25 a.m. Hot topics in State APA/Rulemaking Kenneth J. Plante Executive Director, Joint Administrative Procedures Committee Jowanna N. Oates Chief Attorney, Joint Administrative Procedures Committee 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Federal Administrative Rulemaking Mark Seidenfeld Patricia A, Dore Professor, Florida State University Law School 12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Appellate Review Hon. Kent Wetherell Judge, First District Court of Appeal 2:15 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. §1983 Ralph DeMeo Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams 3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Break 3:25p.m. – 4:15 Agency Rule Challenges Hon. John Van Laningham Administrative Law Judge, Division of Administrative Hearings 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Communications with Represented Persons (Tobin and Bar Rule 4-4.2) Russell Kent Special Counsel for Litigation, Attorney General’s Office Dan Gelber Partner, Gelber Schachter & Greenberg Fred R. Dudley (Moderator) Partner, Dudley, Sellers and Healey, P.L.
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2016 Case Law Update: Stay up to Date and Learn about Recent Developments and Notable Decisions in Family Law that Will Impact Your Practice

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2016 Litigation and Trust Law Symposium
Are you up to date with the recent changes to Florida probate and trust law? Come hear the latest on the hot topics in our T&E world, including the changes to the elder abuse statutes and how they impact your fiduciary clients.
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2016 Masters Seminar on Ethics: Representing Clients With Diminished Capacity

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2016 PAT DORE CONFERENCE "Hail to the APA!"
The Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar is pleased to announce that it will host the 2016 Pat Dore Conference on October 7, 2016, at the Hotel Duval, Tallahassee, Florida. The Pat Dore Conference is named after Professor Pat Dore, uniformly recognized as the “Mother of the APA” in Florida. It is our section’s showcase event and is held on a biennial basis. This year our program features some timely, cutting-edge topics such as compassionate cannabis rulemaking, as well as mainstay topics, such as the legislative update, case law update, and evidentiary matters, and a range of other interesting topics relevant to all practitioners who deal with administrative agencies in Florida. This year’s program also features two programs­­­­ on ethics and professionalism, good for two CLE credit hours toward the Bar’s ethics and professionalism CLE requirement. We hope that you can join us for the 2016 Pat Dore Conference! Register Online Today!
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2016 Practicing Before the Supreme Court
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
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2016 Survey of Florida Law
This is a collection of audio recordings from various seminars that took place during the 2015-2016 Florida Bar fiscal year.
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35th Annual International Tax Conference

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8th Annual FUNdamentals: The Legal Implications of the "Internet of Things"
Back by popular demand and certainly to be a sell-out, this annual don’t-miss FUNdamentals of Florida healthcare law CLE program focuses this year on the legal implications of the “Internet of Things”. This lively and fast-paced program features one hour of legal ethics credit and is designed to be immediately useful to attorneys, medical professionals and healthcare consultants needing to better understand the issues and problems created by the ever-expanding use of connected devices in the delivery and documentation of health care services. Morning and afternoon sessions will be followed by interactive panel discussions among faculty and both on-site and internet attendees. Comprehensive program materials will be provided. Questions will be welcome from on-site attendees and those participating by internet.
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9th Annual Construction Law Institute
The Construction Law Institute is an annual gathering of construction lawyers and other industry professionals for a two-day seminar on the issues that affect the construction industry and the surrounding legal environment. This year the Institute offers leading industry speakers providing practical insight on everything from managing data security legal risks, effective mediation strategies and managing large, multi-party cases, to expert hot-tubbing in arbitration and how to effectively attack and defend expert testimony.  This year's luncheon speaker will address the timely topic "3D Printing and its Effect on Construction."  The Institute is approved for certification credit for attorneys Board Certified in Construction Law. This year's Institute will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes resort in Orlando and will feature the annual CLI Golf Tournament on Thursday, March 10, 2016 on the hotel's award-winning course followed by the program on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12.
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A Deep Dive into Wealth Protection/Tax and Advanced Planning
The Florida Bar Tax Section Annual Wealth Protection Conference for 2016. An intense course in building a successful wealth protection practice. This is an Advanced course with full planning materials.
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A RPPTL's Guide to the International Investor Client: Scaling "The Wall" of Cross Border Legal Issues

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Advanced Appellate Practice & Certification Review

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Advanced Federal Practice - 2016
This course covers topics of Federal Criminal Practice such as the latest cases on substantive federal criminal law and procedure from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Constitutional issues from the United States Supreme Court. The course will also cover topics such as trial strategies, developments in the federal sentencing guidelines, effective advocacy at sentencing and related ethical issues facing the federal criminal defense attorney, and the issue of restitution imposed at sentencing. The program is specially designed for the attorney practicing in federal criminal court and is taught by a federal district judge and some of the leading defense lawyers in the field.
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Advanced Health Law Topics and Certification Review 2016
Those who have applied to take the certification exam may find this course to be 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 materials will cover all topics on the examination.
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Advanced Labor Topics 2016
This two-day advanced seminar on labor and employment law will cover recent developments of Florida's restrictive covenant statute; ADA website accessibility; preserving the record and making your case on appeal; Florida law update (federal and state courts); FLSA Update; What's coming down the L&E road from Washington, D.C. in 2017; and NLRA update.
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Advanced Medical Malpractice 2016
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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Advanced Real Estate and Certification Review Course 2016
This two day course is a survey of 21 different Florida real estate law topics, together with an update of recent real estate related caselaw and statutory changes. Our faculty consists of preeminent lawyers in their respective fields, and the course materials provide a comprehensive, valuable reference source. It is an advanced level course appropriate for all real estate practitioners, and it is also intended to prepare those planning to take the Real Estate Board Certification Examination. We are excited for this year’s new venue at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. Attached please find the course registration form for further information.
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Agricultural Law Update 2015
This seminar will include topics such as tax and succession planning for agricultural businesses; employment laws affecting farm operations; ethics of real estate practice in farm land sales; amendment 1: the water & land conservation initiative and agricultural legislative update.
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Animal Law in Florida 2016

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