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Sixteenth Annual Hon. Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons, Jr., Federal Practice Seminar

Please join us for the Sixteenth Annual Honorable Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons, Jr., Federal Practice Seminar on Monday, April 29, 2019, from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse, 300 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.

We have a fantastic program this year, including the following:

  • Holding the Balance Steady and True: An Unclassified Look at the FISA Courts: The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, serves on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, which hears appeals of decisions related to espionage and counterterrorism investigations under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. Judge Tallman will give an overview of the current structure of the United States Intelligence Community, describe FISA’s review procedures, and discuss the judiciary’s oversight role within FISA’s framework and under our Constitution.
  • Police Body-Worn Cameras: Benefits, Limitations, and Legal Implications: Professor Seth W. Stoughton, from the University of South Carolina School of Law, is a nationally-recognized expert on police body-worn cameras. He will share his insights into this emerging technology and its use in both criminal and civil proceedings.
  • Back to the Basics: 20+ Writing Tips for the Modern Lawyer: Writing is an integral part of federal practice, and the Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale, United States Magistrate Judge, is a master of the craft. This entertaining session on the do’s and don’ts of legal writing will have us all revising our current drafts.
  • Hot Topics in Trial Practice. Whether you have a criminal or civil trial practice, certain evidentiary issues pop up regularly, from improper impeachment and hearsay to digital evidence and the admissibility of social media evidence. The Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Judge; Mac D. Heavener, Chief Assistant State Attorney; and civil attorney Kirsten Doolittle, Esq., will lead a discussion on how to navigate these pitfalls like a pro.

Participants will receive 5 hours of Florida CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of technology credit (pending approval).

The Seminar is only $85 for members of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; $55 for government, non-profit, and CJA panel attorneys; $25 for judicial law clerks past their first year; and is free for Judges and first year judicial law clerks. Individuals who do not fall into any of the above categories are welcome to attend at a cost of $135. The price for all attendees includes lunch from The Bread & Board, materials, and all presentations. The 2019 Nimmons Brochure contains the complete agenda.

To reserve your place, please register by Tuesday, April 23, 2019. There are two ways to register:

(1) Complete the Event Registration form below and submit your payment electronically, or

(2) Download the 2019 Nimmons Registration Form and mail your completed registration form and a check for the appropriate amount to Maria T. Daniels at 50 North Laura Street, Suite 1100, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Checks should be made payable to “Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter.”

Please contact Maria Daniels (; 904‐598-9929) or the Nimmons Seminar Chairperson, Laura Lothman Lambert (; 904‐255-2923), with any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on April 29!

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