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

April 29, 2019
3:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse
300 N. Hogan Street
Jacksonville FL 32202

The Sixteenth Annual Honorable Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons, Jr., Federal Practice Seminar will be held 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.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. If you still would like to register, please contact Maria Daniels (; 904‐598-9929) or the Nimmons Seminar Chairperson, Laura Lothman Lambert (; 904‐255-2923).

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