Greetings Appellate Practice Section Members,

Happy Easter, everyone. I’m sure by now you’ve all seen, and are probably not surprised by, The Florida Bar’s decision to make this year’s Bar Convention a “hybrid” event. While the details are still forthcoming about what this really means, the Appellate Practice Section’s Committee and Executive Council Meetings will, unfortunately, be virtual again. I know this is disappointing and I miss seeing everyone, especially at the Annual Dessert Reception. Fingers crossed that this is the last cancelled live event, and hopefully we can all break bread in August at the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, which our Section is invited to this year. Details on both that conference and the hybrid Bar Convention to follow in future Section eblasts.

In anticipation of this year’s Bar Convention, the Section is currently accepting nominations for our Section’s two most prestigious honors: first, the James C. Adkins Award, which is presented to a member of The Florida Bar who has made significant contributions to the field of appellate practice in Florida, and second, the John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award, which is presented to a member of The Florida Bar who has made significant contributions to pro bono efforts in appellate matters. To read more about these awards and the factors considered in evaluating nominees, click here. To nominate someone, please email me at and include a brief summary of why the nominee satisfies the factors for this year’s award. Please submit all nominations for consideration by May 1, 2021.

Back in February, I announced the equally disappointing news about having to cancel the Section’s 2021 biennial retreat. Well, the Retreat Committee is already thinking about the 2022 retreat and how to make it bigger and better, especially since we could all use a good getaway after this past year. The Committee would like to hear from you and your thoughts about where we should go and what we should do. Please complete a brief survey to help us in this decision by May 1, 2021.


Chris DonovanChris Donovan, Chair
The Florida Bar APS Chair 2020-2021