Federal Practice Mid-Day Seminar in Orlando

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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!

RSVP to Margaret_Bundy@fd.org


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

Please RSVP to Margaret_Bundy@fd.org if you plan to attend.