2018 APS Retreat in Washington D.C.

The Appellate Practice Section Is Headed to Washington D.C. — and You Are Invited! Following up on the Section’s successful and well-attended 2016 Key West retreat, the Section is excited to announce it will hold its next biannual retreat in Washington D.C. October 4-6, 2018. The Section’s Executive Council...

The First District Court of Appeal has selected a new clerk; Congratulations to Kristina Samuels!

Chief Judge Brad Thomas announces the appointment of Kristina Samuels as the fourth Clerk of Court for the First District Court of Appeal: “I am confident that Kristina Samuels brings the expertise, knowledge and ability to serve as an outstanding Clerk of Court and to build upon the successful innovations...

First District Court of Appeal Request for Comment

The First District Court of Appeal is considering adopting a court policy allowing attorneys to submit stipulated extensions of time for filing briefs in cases not requiring expedited review. To ensure full consideration of the impact of such a policy on the public and members of the Bar, the Chief Judge...

The Totally Awesome 90’s Dessert Reception and 2017 Annual Award Winners

By: Kimberly Kanoff Berman Every year, appellate practitioners and their families travel across the state to join their colleagues at the Annual Florida Bar Convention.  They usually attend meetings all day and then patiently wait around for the Appellate Practice Section’s coveted Dessert Reception, which...

Monthly CLEs Move to Webinar Format

Technology It was all the buzz at this year’s Florida Bar Annual Convention. The Section will be implementing it in several areas. And, of course, the CLE Committee wanted to join the fun! The Committee has revamped its monthly telephonic CLEs and will begin using a webinar format. What does this mean for...

The Use of Latin Words or Phrases in Legal Writing

Fall/Winter 2016 Adam M. Hapner This article serves to briefly educate readers on the appropriate use of Latin words or phrases in legal writing. It addresses two common misconceptions concerning when and how to use a Latin word or phrase. While the following rules and advice are particularly helpful to...

The Use of Latin Words or Phrases in Legal Writing

by Adam M. Hapner This article serves to briefly educate readers on the appropriate use of Latin words or phrases in legal writing. It addresses two common misconceptions concerning when and how to use a Latin word or phrase. While the following rules and advice are particularly helpful to appellate...

Harmless Error Redefined

Spring 2015 By E. Lugo The harmless error standard applicable to civil cases has changed.  Late last year, the Florida Supreme Court held that an error is harmless if “the error complained of did not contribute to the verdict” or “there is no reasonable possibility that the error complained of contributed...

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