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January 2018 Chair’s Mes...

      True confession: I am a believer in New Year’s resolutions. I readily admit that not all of my resolutions stick. But the beginning of each new year provides a needed reminder to take stock of your accomplishments and blessings, reflect on any...

Constitution Revision Commissi...

February 16, 2018 The CRC wrapped up committee meetings in early February and is now traveling the state holding public hearings.  To find out if there is a public hearing coming to a venue near you (they are being held throughout February, March, April, and May), you...

Constitution Revision Commissi...

February 2, 2018 After a couple of full weeks of committee meetings, the Legislative Committee has some updates to report on the CRC, one of which is of particular note. Proposal 81, which sought to make all meetings of the judicial branch open to the public and...

The Path to Inclusion Symposiu...

The Appellate Practice Section sponsored The Path to Inclusion Symposium November 9-10 in Orlando. Hosted by the standing committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Symposium was intended to foster improved relations and enhance diversity throughout the legal field....

Churchill v. State

“[I]n appeals from a conditional no contest plea, the appellate court is bound by a stipulation that a pre-plea ruling by the trial court is dispositive of the case.” By: Rocco J. Carbone, III* In many criminal matters, whether evidence is admissible can decide the...

Constitution Revision Commissi...

January 22, 2018 The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is in full swing with committee meetings scheduled throughout January. The Appellate Practice Section’s Legislative Committee[*] has identified several Commissioner Proposals that I am monitoring due to their...

Judge Jeffrey T. Kuntz

Former Chief Judge W. Matthew Stevenson left some large shoes to fill after deciding to step down after twenty-two years of service as the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s first African American judge. Fortunately for the people of the Fifteenth, Seventeenth,...

Recap: Practicing Before the S...

On December 1, 2017, the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section hosted a full-day seminar at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center in Tampa, Florida. The seminar covered the juicy, inside details we all wanted to know about practicing before the Second District Court of...