Orlando Division Mid-Day Seminar
3.0 CLE credit hours is pending with The Florida Bar
No food/beverage in the ceremonial courtroom so please eat prior to this event
Ceremonial Courtroom 3A, United States Courthouse
Noon until 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Office of the Federal Defender is presenting a Mid-Day Seminar on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Courtroom 3A, United States Courthouse, Orlando Division, from Noon to 2:30 p.m. See detailed Agenda below. If you haven’t done so already and your schedule permits, please rsvp for this event today!
Noon – 12:50 p.m. How, When, and Why to Object to Preserve Issues for Appeal: it is crucially important for a trial attorney to preserve the issues for appeal. In this session, Jim will discuss how, when, and why to object to preserve the record for appeal. Jim Skuthan, First Assistant Federal Defender, MDFL
12:50 – 1:40 p.m. To Plea or Not to Plea (with a Plea Agreement): Over 95% of Middle District cases are resolved by way of a guilty plea. Many plea agreements offer nothing for our clients and take away the cherished right to appeal. In this session, we will have an in-depth discussion on plea agreements and substantial issues for attorneys to consider. Steve Langs, Assistant Federal Defender, Appellate Division / Jim Skuthan, First Assistant Federal Defender, MDFL
1:40 – 2:05 p.m. Overview of Important Recent Eleventh Circuit Decisions: In this session, we will provide a complete overview of important recent decisions in the Eleventh Circuit, and discuss helpful case law from other circuits. Jim Skuthan, First Assistant Federal Defender, MDFL
2:05 – 2:30 p.m. Federal Practice Issues: An overview of the Orlando Division’s federal practice issues. Nicole Mouakar, Branch Chief, Orlando Division