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Trial Lawyers Section
Advanced Trial Advocacy - 2014
The Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar is a hands-on, learning-by-doing trial skills training. It is intended for attorneys who have practiced a minimum of five years and are involved in a full time litigation practice. Jury experience is preferable but not required. This advanced seminar is a NITA Style interactive format with judges and lawyers from around the state. It provides all the required CLE and Ethics credits for the three year cycle. The faculty consists of trial court judges and board certified trial lawyers from around the state. This is an intense interactive program for both the novice and the experienced litigator. Fifty-six (56) attorneys will be selected. Selection is based on a first-come, first served basis. The case file for this program is used as a source of facts and law for the training. Participants hear lectures, and join in discussion and demonstrations. Participants also receive suggestions from experienced Florida trial lawyers on making for more effective presentations. Presentations are videotaped and critiqued in one-on-one sessions.
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Annual Civil Trial Update and Board Certification Review Seminar
This course is designed for two audiences: those who are preparing to take the Board Certification exam for civil trial or business litigation and those who want a refresher course and update on civil trial practice. The course has been approved for 15 hours of CLE certification credit for civil trial and 11.5 business litigation, including 2 hours of ethics credit.
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Annual Civil Trial Update and Certification Review - 2015
This course is designed for two audiences: those who are preparing to take the Board Certification exam for civil trial or business litigation and those who want a refresher course and update on civil trial practice. The course has been approved for 15 hours of CLE certification credit for civil trial and 11.5 business litigation, including 2 hours of ethics credit.
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Hot Topics in Evidence - 2014
This one day seminar has been designed to appeal to civil, criminal, and appellate practitioners. Those in attendance will benefit from a thorough discussion of the latest developments in Florida evidence law, and an exploration of difficult, recurring evidentiary issues.
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Medical Malpractice Seminar
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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Workers' Compensation Section
The Affordable Care Act and Worker's Compensation
Part 1 covers the requirements and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Part 2 covers its expected impacts on Florida workers' compensation.
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440.205 Claims- Coercion of Employees
Florida Statute 440.205 states that no employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce any employee by reason of such employee's valid claim for compensation or attempt to claim compensation under the Workers' Compensation Law. What does it take for an Employee to support a 440.205 claim? What can an Employer do to defend against a possible 440.205 claim? The basics of 440.205 are explained and suggestions for the Employee and the Employer are given.
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Apportionment Under Chapter 440 and Impact of the Daubert Standard

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Getting the Most from your Vocational Expert
Many permanent total disability trials are won or lost based upon the strength of vocational evidence so lining up your expert is key. Attend this seminar to gain the insight of an experienced vocational expert in the areas of preparing a credible vocational assessment, establishing legitimate job searches and presenting testimony at trial. Effective pre-trial strategies, voir dire and cross examination tactics with your opponent’s expert will be discussed as well. This is a must-attend for any practitioner who takes a permanent total disability claim to final hearing
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Rise and Phall and Rise Again of Westphal
This seminar will cover the background of the Westphal Case; the first 1st DCA decision; the second en banc 1st DCA decision, and ther certiication to the Supreme Court.
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Whatever Happened to Major Contributing Cause
This seminar will take a brief look at the evolution of the causation standard governing Florida Workers’ Compensation claims since 1994.
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Workers' Compensation Law Survey: Misrepresentation
A comprehensive examination of the statutes dealing with misrepresentation and the appellate decisions interpreting those sections of the law. The discussion includes the requisite elements of intent, provides insight into specific procedural and substantive requirements for attorneys litigating these matters, and discusses how Judges of Compensation Claims view and rule on this affirmative defense.
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Young Lawyers Division

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 www.floridabar.org/CLE.

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

The expanded delivery method option for satisfying the BSCR only affects those attorneys who have not yet completed the BSCR. To verify your compliance and reporting dates, please check our website at www.floridabar.org/cler.


Basic Appellate Practice 2014
A basic overview of appellate practice in Florida intended for the new attorney or attorneys new to the practice.
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Basic Criminal Law 2014
Intended as a basic overview of criminal law for the new attorney or attorneys new to the practice area with topics to include criminal representation, handling Bar grievances, ethics, DUI cases, federal practice, juvenile representation, and a judicial panel discussion.
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Basic Discovery 2013
A basic overview of discovery intended for the new lawyer or as a refresher for the established lawyer. Topics to include Discovery Nuances, Discovery and Criminal Law, Requests for Production and Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, Depositions and Subpoenas.
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Basic Federal Practice 2014
A basic overview of Federal Practice intended for the new attorney or for attorneys new to the practice area. Topics to include Trial Advocay and Cross-Examination, Discovery and E-Discovery, Motions for Summary Judgment, Role of the U.S. Magistrate, Practical Aspects of the Federal Rules, Trial Preparation and Strategies and Ethics. NOTICE TO ALL BAR MEMBERS WITHIN THEIR FIRST THREE (3) YEARS OF ADMISSION: Pursuant to Rule 6-12.1(b), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, you are required to complete three (3) “Basic” level substantive CLE courses presented by the Young Lawyers Division within your initial 3 year cycle after admission to The Florida Bar. (This is in addition to your attendance at the Practicing With Professionalism Seminar). This seminar satisfies one (1) of the course requirements. 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 on-line CLE version of the Basic program and obtaining a certificate of completion. This on-line 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 www.floridabar.org/CLE. The in-person attendance requirement for Practicing with Professionalism has not changed. This expanded delivery method option for satisfying the BSCR only affects those attorneys who have not yet completed the BSCR.
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Basic Labor & Employment 2014
A basic overview of Labor and Employment Law intended for the new lawyer or lawyers new to the practice area. Topics to include Title VII and FCRA Overview, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws, Retaliation & Whistleblowing,Fair Labor Standards Act & Overtime, Family & Medical Leave Act, American with Disabilities Act, State Law Claims, Non-Competes and Separations, and National Labor Relations Law Act.
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Basic Probate Guardianship & Elder Law 2014
A basic overview of Probate, Guardianship and Elder Law designed for new attorneys or attorneys new to the practice area. Topics to include Basic Probate, Trust Code Basics, Power of Attorney, Homestead, Basic Guardianship, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security NOTICE TO ALL BAR MEMBERS WITHIN THEIR FIRST THREE (3) YEARS OF ADMISSION: Pursuant to Rule 6-12.1(b), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, you are required to complete three (3) “Basic” level substantive CLE courses presented by the Young Lawyers Division within your initial 3 year cycle after admission to The Florida Bar. (This is in addition to your attendance at the Practicing With Professionalism Seminar). This seminar satisfies one (1) of the course requirements. 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 on-line CLE version of the Basic program and obtaining a certificate of completion. This on-line 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 www.floridabar.org/CLE. The in-person attendance requirement for Practicing with Professionalism has not changed. This expanded delivery method option for satisfying the BSCR only affects those attorneys who have not yet completed the BSCR.
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Basic Trial Practice 2013
This is a one day seminar designed for new lawyers or as a refresher course for established lawyers. Topics to include Litigation, Discovery, Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Witness Examination, Closing Arguments. The seminar will also include a judicial panel discussion.
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Basic Trial Practice 2015
This is a one day seminar designed for new lawyers or as a refresher course for established lawyers. Topics to include Litigation, Discovery, Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Witness Examination, Closing Arguments. The seminar will also include a judicial panel discussion
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Practicing with Professionalism Fall 2014
A one day seminar providing a broad overview of ethical and professional issues designed for new lawyers in fulfillment of phase 1 of the Basic Skills Coure Requirement. The Florida Supreme Court in The Florida Bar Re: Amendment to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Rule 6-12 (Basic Skills Course Requirement, 524 So. 2d 634 (Fla. 1988), made Practicing with Professionalism, mandatory for attorneys admitted to The Florida Bar after October 1, 1988. Effective on May 12, 2005, the Supreme Court of Florida amended Rule 6-12.3 and Rule 6-12.4. These amended rules state that in addition to attending Practicing with Professionalism, new admittees must attend three "basic" level substantive continuing legal education programs presented by the YLD. The Basic Skills Course Requirement must be completed within the initial 3-year continuing legal education cycle after admission to The Florida Bar or within 2 years after the expiration of any exempt status. The Practicing with Professionalism requirement must be met within the first year of admission to The Florida Bar or one year prior to being admitted to The Florida Bar. Out-of-State Practitioners, Military lawyers and Governmental lawyers may be exempt from the Basic Skills Course Requirement and should refer to Rule 6-12.4 to determine eligibility for an exemption
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Practicing with Professionalism Fall 2014
Notice: All seminars being held in Fall 2014 are now full. Registration for Spring 2015 will open on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:30 am. Open page for more details.
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Practicing with Professionalism Spring 2015
A one day seminar providing a broad overview of ethical and professional issues designed for new lawyers in fulfillment of phase 1 of the Basic Skills Coure Requirement. The Florida Supreme Court in The Florida Bar Re: Amendment to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Rule 6-12 (Basic Skills Course Requirement, 524 So. 2d 634 (Fla. 1988), made Practicing with Professionalism, mandatory for attorneys admitted to The Florida Bar after October 1, 1988. Effective on May 12, 2005, the Supreme Court of Florida amended Rule 6-12.3 and Rule 6-12.4. These amended rules state that in addition to attending Practicing with Professionalism, new admittees must attend three "basic" level substantive continuing legal education programs presented by the YLD. The Basic Skills Course Requirement must be completed within the initial 3-year continuing legal education cycle after admission to The Florida Bar or within 2 years after the expiration of any exempt status. The Practicing with Professionalism requirement must be met within the first year of admission to The Florida Bar or one year prior to being admitted to The Florida Bar. Out-of-State Practitioners, Military lawyers and Governmental lawyers may be exempt from the Basic Skills Course Requirement and should refer to Rule 6-12.4 to determine eligibility for an exemption
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