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 Level
Live Presentation and Webcast: Friday, March 14, 2014
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Course No. 1678R

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
Donna Greenspan Solomon, Ft. Lauderdale
Roy Oppenheim, Weston

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Pleadings, Discovery, Pre-trial Motions and Interlocutory Review
Carol Gart, Boca Raton

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

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

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Evidentiary Issues
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: Tom Warner, West Palm Beach
Panel Members:
Hon. Juan Ramirez, Ret. 3rd DCA
Hon. Jonathan D. Gerber, 4th DCA
Hon. Melanie May, 4th DCA
Hon. Martha Warner, 4th DCA

1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Ethical Issues in Trial Practice
Tom Warner, West Palm Beach

2:10 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Closing Arguments
Christopher V. Carlyle, The Villages

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
Hon. Jonathan D. Gerber, 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
Hon. Martha Warner, 4th DCA


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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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