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First DCA American Inn of Court celebrates 10th Anniversary

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First DCA Inn sealThe First District Appellate American Inn of Court celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year.

It recognized the milestone in numerous ways throughout the year. For example, Judge Harvey Jay’s team presented at the November meeting and recreated the presentation from the Inn’s very first meeting. That program, originally designed by Judge James Wolf, surveyed Florida appellate judges’ opinions about a variety of appellate practice matters and then tested members’ knowledge about the judges’ preferences. Lesson learned: lawyers still do not always know what judges want.

In December, the Inn had an anniversary celebration at the First District Court of Appeal. The Inn welcomed members of the founding executive board, past presidents, and many members and alumni. Attendees learned about the Inn’s founding from Judge Wolf, the Inn’s first president.

Throughout the year, the Inn co-hosted out-of-Tallahassee meetings, a tradition recognizing that the Inn’s members practice or attend law schools throughout the First District’s jurisdictional reach. In October, for the first time in the Inn’s history, the Inn held a joint meeting in Gainesville with the James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inn of Court and the Gerald T. Bennett Cooperative Learning American Inn of Court. In February, it co-hosted, along with several Jacksonville-based inns, the Northeast Florida Joint Meeting of the American Inns of Court.

For its final meeting in April, the Inn hosted the faculty and participants of the New Appellate Judges Program, a part of the Florida Judicial College, which all new judges are required to complete during their first year of judicial service. The Inn welcomed the six participants  (Judge John Harris from the Fifth DCA, Judge Eric Hendon from the Third DCA, Judge Bronwyn Miller from the Third DCA, Justice Carlos Muniz from the Florida Supreme Court, Judge Meredith Sasso from the Fifth DCA, and Judge Andrea Teves Smith from the Second DCA), as well as visiting faculty members to join Inn members for a night of fellowship and education as the Inn closed out its anniversary year.

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