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

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse, 300 N. Hogan Street, Jacksonville

This year’s seminar (with 4 hours of Florida CLE credit anticipated) features the following engaging speakers with a break-out session in the ceremonial courtroom:

  • “Recent Developments & Hot Topics in Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility” This fast-paced program from Trisha Rich, partner at Holland & Knight, will cover some of the most interesting and important legal ethics developments of the last year (or so), and will include practical guidance from ethics opinions and case law around the country.  Topics will include: NewLaw developments and lawyer regulatory reform, ethical (and unethical) witness preparation, the latest cases on advance waivers of conflicts of interest, the first lawyers disciplined for falling for wire transfer frauds, ethical (or unethical) deception in investigations, using artificial intelligence ethically and responsibly, continuing lawyer cybersecurity dangers . . . and more!

  • “Artificial Intelligence and Election Disinformation” Artificial intelligence continues to develop rapidly and, as it does, it is contributing to challenges in regulating the information—and disinformation—published about upcoming elections. AI deepfakes and false “hallucinations” are no longer novel occurrences but are now a fixture in the spread of information online – the world’s largest news forum. In this thought-provoking presentation, Professor Lyrissa Lidsky of UF Law will explore examples of how AI influences political campaigns and speech, discuss the legal tensions that inevitably arise with the First Amendment, and offer her insight on how regulation of AI disinformation in this context is likely to progress.

  • “Comments on the Courtroom” With their nearly fifty years of combined experience as judges in this community, Chief Judge Corrigan and Judge Howard have seen it all. In this practical skills session, Chief Judge Corrigan and Judge Howard will provide valuable insight from the bench on what works, and what doesn’t, in the courtroom. With the help of a few participants, this session will feature demonstrations of effective (and less effective) lawyering as the Judges walk us through the common mistakes they see in a variety of situations, including oral arguments, remote hearings, opening statements, and examinations at trial. Whether new to federal court or a seasoned practitioner, you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from Judge Corrigan and Judge Howard on how to present your case most effectively in the courtroom.

  • “Injustice: Media, Storytelling, and Righting Wrongs in Florida” Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer prizewinning book, Devil in the Grove, will discuss his latest Florida project, Bone Valley—a 9-part narrative podcast about the 1989 conviction of Leo Schofield in Polk County. King spent four years investigating this case for his critically acclaimed podcast, uncovering powerful new evidence and prosecutorial misconduct, making the case that Schofield is innocent of the murder of his wife, Michelle—a crime that has kept him in prison for the past 36 years.

The Seminar is only $85 for members of the Jacksonville Federal Court Bar Association; $55 for Government, Non-Profit and CJA Panel attorneys; $25 for Court Staff Attorneys and Judicial Law Clerks; and is free for Judges and First-Year Judicial Law Clerks. Non-members are welcome to attend at a cost of $135. The price for all attendees includes breakfast, lunch, presentations, and instructional materials.

To reserve your place, please register by Tuesday, April 16, 2024. There are two ways to register:

  • Online, using the form below (use PayPal or a debit/credit card), OR
  • Mail a completed registration form and a check (payable to “Jacksonville Federal Court Bar Association) to Maria Daniels at 221 N. Hogan St., Box #267, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Peggy Miller, President
Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

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