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FOR OUR MONTHLY CLE LUNCHEON
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
AT THE HYATT REGENCY MIAMI
THE DADE COUNTY
DEFENSE BAR ASSOCIATION
pleased to present
The Honorable Ronald C. Dresnick
Judicial Circuit of Florida
in State Court – Do's and Don'ts"
If you are in need of an ethics
CLE credit, or just want to have a nice lunch in the company of your
colleagues and local judges, then please join us for a lively presentation
by the Honorable Ronald C. Dresnick on professionalism as it applies to
attorneys practicing in state court. Judge Dresnick will draw on his many
years of experience as a litigator and then as a circuit court judge to
provide examples or good as well as bad practices in state court litigation,
pet peeves of civil jurisdiction judges, and thoughts on how adversaries can
improve their working relationships. As usual, the presentation will be
followed by a question and answer session.
Please make your reservations early to ensure a seat and mark your calendar
*** Buffet lunch with more time to socialize***
WHEN: 12:00 noon
Wednesday September 19, 2007
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE
2 Ave., Miami, FL 33131
Location: Japengo - In Main Lobby to your left
as you come in the front door
Self parking is $7 and Valet is $9. Take People Mover if Possible
One hour General CLE accreditation has been received from
the Florida Bar
*More than 24 hours in advance:
*Less than 24 hours in advance:
Judges: no charge, but RSVP a must!
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Reservations are necessary. To reserve your seat, please RSVP preferably by
email (or telephone), and send your check to the person shown below.
Please note that by contract, we are charged by the Hyatt for your meal if
you make a reservation, even if you do not attend. Therefore, if you
have made a reservation and cannot attend, please notify us as soon as
possible. If you have to cancel less than 24 hours before the event, it
will be necessary for us to charge you. So, please find someone to go in
your place. Please mail your check, payable to "DCDBA" prior to
Please RSVP to:
Stella de Fex Logan, DCDBA Administrator
HOLLAND & KNIGHT LLP
701 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 789-7598
Facsimile: (305) 789-7799
- January 30, 2002:
Judge Jon Gordon &
Judge Stuart Simon
Status of the General Jurisdiction Division and Practice Pointers: Things
that help, things that distract, in the presentation of cases.
- March 14, 2002:
JOEL HIRSCHHORN, ESQ. -
What to do if
or when… How to successfully represent the client, without jeopardizing your
- April 11, 2002:
JUDGES KING, MORENO & HUCK
discussion re: District Court Procedural Matters and Professionalism.
- May 29, 2002:
JUDGE PAUL SIEGEL &
JUDGE ROBERT SCOLA
discussion regarding rotation of judges (various other judges in attendance
- June 19, 2002:
Relationships Between Attorneys and Private Investigators.
- July 24, 2002:
25 Common Mistakes Attorneys Make in
- September 25, 2002:
ROBERT KAGAN, M.D.
to read, understand and use the information that is available from these
tests in personal injury cases.
- October 30, 2002:
JUDGE DAVID GERSTEN &
JUDGE AMY KARAN
Ethics Raw - The Director's
- January, 29 2003:
JUDGE JENNIFER BAILEY
Admissibility of Scientific
- March 19, 2003:
THE HONORABLE ALEX FERRER
Court; Presentation: "Closing
30, 2003: FORMER JUDGE RODOLOFO SORONDO,
Peremptory Challenges....Dead or Alive.
- May 28,
Timothy titus, esq.
of LexisNexis Dolphin Search
Successful Strategies for Electronic
- June 25,
EDWARD G. GUEDES, esq. of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza
Guedes Cole & Boniske, P.A.
State Farm to the Rescue - How to Defend
Against and Overturn Outrageous Punitive Damages Awards.
- July 23, 2003:
JUDGE ADALBERTO JORDAN,
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
Taking Risks in Civil Litigation.
Litigation is an art – not a science. Good litigators have mastered the art.
The key to being a successful litigator involves risks and taking chances.
Creative, thoughtful and innovative ideas and approaches often lead to good
Maximizing Voir Dire
was an outstanding, interesting and informative presentation on a topic that
impacts all litigation attorneys. This program is designed to provide a Jury
Consultant's view of the critical factors which enable the litigator to
achieve optimal results during the crucial voir dire phase of a trial. This
program discusses effective jury selection techniques and tools, the law on
jury selection, and communication issues with the judge and in the
courtroom. Dr. Pigott's presentation last year entitled "25
Common Mistakes Attorneys Make in Voir Dire" was an overview of what not
to do in voir dire; this program concentrates on what to do in voir dire.
15, 2003: JUDGE MARIA KORVICK
Minors and Incompetents which addressed proper procedures for
settlements on behalf of minors and incompetents, Florida’s wrongful death
statute and its application in probate matters to incompetence procedures
and the necessity and importance of closing statements in probate actions
and the impact of closing statements on the approval of settlements.
November 24, 2003: JUDGE
DAVID GERSTEN -"THE APPELLATE PROCESS" which addressed a rather unique perspective on
the appellate process and the startling reality of how cases are decided.
This is not for the faint of heart as the theory behind this presentation
has been banned in all 50 states and in three (3) foreign countries. As
controversial as the theory may be, no one has succeeded in challenging
Judge Gersten’s rock-solid perspective. “The Appellate Process” has been
nominated in five categories including Best Legal Presentation Most Likely
to Keep You Awake for at Least an Hour.
January 21, 2004:
The Honorable Diane Ward of
The Miami-Dade County Court, Criminal Division
HANDLING OF HIGH PROFILE CASES" Judge Ward addresses the handling
of high profile cases and indicates with her power point production, the
issues regarding media exposure, confidentiality, gag orders, and other
aspects of litigating cases that generate substantial interest from the
media and public. (Use the click of
your mouse to advance the power point presentation)
February 26, 2004: ETHICS &
PROFESSIONALISM IN LITIGATION -
Ethics Presentation By
Third District Court of Appeal Judge David Gersten and
Circuit Court Judge
This program will
highlight a unique, interactive approach to teaching ethics and
professionalism by both an appellate judge, The Honorable David Gersten, and
a trial judge, The Honorable Amy Karan. The program will take a total
of two hours, and will consist of the following four sessions, which will
each last approximately 30 minutes: 1) a lecture on the topics of
ethics and professionalism; 2) interactive role playing of various
ethics scenarios encountered daily by judges and lawyers; 3) various film
clips involving legal ethics scenarios; and 4) breakout sessions in which
various groups will discuss and disseminate ethics points of view to the
entire audience. (Handout)
Ethics Presentation By
Andrew S. Berman, Esq., Member of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics
Berman, a frequent lecturer on ethics issues, will present the following two
Conflicts of Interest (30
minutes) – A review of contemporary recurring conflict of interest issues
for trial lawyers. Mr. Berman will explore new changes to the ethics
rules proposed by the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission.
The Bar Grievance Process
(30 minutes) - A review of the procedural aspects of the bar grievance
process, from the filing of a complaint or inquiry, through Supreme Court
review. Mr. Berman will discuss important considerations often
overlooked in each stage of the process.
Presentation On Professionalism By
U.S. District Court Judge
Judge Martinez will
discuss "Professionalism in Litigation" during the luncheon portion of the
program. Topics will include civility in the courtroom, cooperation
between lawyers during discovery and litigation, candor to the court and
opposing counsel, professional courtesy, reputation of lawyers in the
community, and the roles of lawyers and judges in improving the standards of
professionalism in the practice of law. This presentation will be
followed by a question and answer session. (50 minutes)
March 24, 2004: Stuart Simon of DecisionQuest:
"The Witness Matrix." The Witness Matrix is a presentation focused upon
demonstrating best practice techniques in witness preparation as well as
specific examples of videotaped excerpts from both good and bad witnesses
and the effect that best practice preparation may have on their testimony.
Learn how unprocessed fear, anger or tension can get in the way of a witness
effectively getting their message across. This refers to the fear of what
might come out during testimony and not simply the fear of testifying in
front of an audience. Mr. Simon will demonstrate a system aimed at
demystifying the process of testifying and more importantly aimed at
allowing the witness to feel comfortable and confident at deposition, during
direct testimony and cross examination as well.
March 25, 2004 5:30 pm to
8:00 pm Judicial Reception for DCDBA and FDLA Members Only
here for details
No meeting in
April of 2004.
May 19, 2004:
The Honorable Fredricka G. Smith and The
Honorable Jennifer D. Bailey - "Tips for the First and Last Days of Trial"
These two judges from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court who have considerable
experience presiding over civil trials, discussed issues relevant to civil
trial attorneys based on their observations from the bench.
June 30, 2004: The Honorable Paul
Siegel - "Florida Trial Objections" Judge Siegel explained the
techniques and theory underlying evidentiary objections, as well as
objections to jury selection, opening statement, closing argument, judicial
conduct, and more. As a Circuit Court Judge for 13 years, and the author of
the authoritative book, “Florida Trial Objections, Civil and Criminal,”
Judge Siegel provided valuable insight on the strategic use of objections at
trial and the tactics for winning those objections.
July 21, 2004: Judge Frederico A. Moreno, Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages,
and Judge Paul C. Huck: Interactive Question and Answer Seminar
"Practices and Procedures in U.S. District Court" Drawing upon
their years of experience and their unique perspective from the bench, this
interactive presentation will offer valuable insights to the practitioners
who attend. In what will mostly be an open Question and Answer format,
Judges Moreno, Ungaro-Benages, and Huck will provide practical tips on
motion practice, hearings, discovery disputes, communications with the
court, pretrial procedure, sanctions, and ethical issues unique to federal
practice. They will also discuss current issues involving the Local Rules of
the Court and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
August 18, 2004: The Honorable
Illuminating presentation by Judge Harnage on the practice and procedure
in civil litigation before Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. Drawing upon his
years of experience and his unique perspective from the bench, this
interactive presentation will offer valuable insights to the practitioners
who attend. In a presentation that will include an open Question and Answer
format, Judge Harnage will provide practical tips on motion and pleading
practice, hearings, discovery disputes, communications with the court,
pretrial procedure, voir dire, motions in limine, openings and closings, as
well as professionalism issues relating to state court litigation practice.
Judge Harnage will also discuss common pitfalls to avoid in litigation.
November 3, 2004: Part I of III Part Series of Alternative Dispute
Resolution Seminars: "Mediation Tips From the Masters" - Gerald T.
Wetherington (Former Chief Judge - 11th Judicial Circuit) Rodolfo Sorondo,
Jr. (Former Judge - Third District Court of Appeal) John Salmon, Irwin Block
- See attached materials provided by
December 1, 2004: Part II of III
Part Series of Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminars: "Mediating the
Decided Case - Strategies for Effective Client Representation in an
Eleventh Circuit Mediation" - Gary Canner, Speaker
January 12, 2005 - Part III of III Part
Series of Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminars: "Effective Advocacy
in Arbitration" - Speakers: Judith Korchin, Arthur England, Richard
Daniels and Albert J. Orosa.
February 16, 2005 - David R. Williams,
Ph.D. - Economist - Dr. Williams, an economist who frequently testifies
as an expert witness, discussed the calculation of economic damages in
personal injury and wrongful death cases in Florida. In wrongful death
cases, he addressed the topics of lost net accumulations to the estate and
lost support and services to survivors of the decedent. In injury cases, Dr.
Williams explained how to calculate pre- and post-injury earning capacity,
as well as how to calculate the economic damages related to future medical
expenses from a life care plan. Dr. Williams also addressed the methods of
reducing economic damages to present value dollars. Handout
March 16, 2005 - The Honorable William
C. Turnoff United States Magistrate Judge: "Civil Practice Before a Federal
Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Florida" -
The Honorable William C. Turnoff, U.S. Magistrate Judge of the United
States District Court, Southern District of Florida, provided a general
overview on the history of United States Magistrate Judges, the character of
their service and their jurisdiction. The presentation included discussions
on civil practice and procedure. At the conclusion of the presentation,
there was a question and answer session.
April 13, 2005 -
DR. MELISSA PIGOTT,
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, MAGNUS RESEARCH CONSULTANTS:
"Ethics in Litigation Research" - Dr. Melissa Pigott, Director of
Research for Magnus Research Consultants, provides her thoughts about
ethical issues as they relate to mock jury research. Because of the variety
of skills possessed by those working as "Jury Consultants" and the
methodologies employed in the field of jury research, a number of ethical
issues become relevant to the decision to hire a consultant. Dr. Pigott will
explain how to better understand what you should look for in hiring a
consultant to ensure that the needs of your client are addressed with
confidence. This includes how to evaluate the qualifications of a consultant
and the methodologies recommended by consultants. Hiring the right
consultant can provide tremendous benefits to your client. Hiring the wrong
consultant, one who is not qualified or who may take shortcuts, ethically
and otherwise, can be disastrous.
May 18, 2005: The Honorable David
Gersten of The Third District Court of Appeal: "ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM
FOR THE BAR AND BENCH" -
Memorable and entertaining presentation by the Honorable David Gersten,
who presented another lecture in his KLF (Keeping Legal Education Fun)
series on ethics. Viewing ethics through film scenarios. Like his other
presentations, you will be unable to snooze or stop your toes from a-tappin’.
June 15, 2005: M. REZA VAGHAR,
Ph.D., P.E. Consulting Engineer, BENEDICT ENGINEERING COMPANY"Enhancing
Accident Reconstruction with the Latest Technology" -
discussion and power point production with new technologies which are bringing advances to the profession of
automobile accident reconstruction. In this presentation Dr. Vaghar
discussed and demonstrated PC-Crash computer simulation and animation.
PC-Crash is a powerful program for the simulation of motor vehicle
July 20, 2005: The Honorable Ellen
L. Leesfield - "PROFESSIONALISM: The Winning Edge" and "10 Ways to Irritate
Your Judge". This was an interactive lecture on professionalism in
litigation, including pointers on how to avoid irritating your Judge. These
discussions went beyond the basics and include solutions to situations that
interfere with your ability to be "professional." There was also an
opportunity to discuss things that judges do that irritate attorneys and
possible solutions as well.
September 21, 2005: The Honorable
Michael A. Genden, Miami Dade Circuit Civil - "Trying Cases: The View From
the Bench". This was an interactive discussion on what he sees now
when lawyers try cases in front him – the good and the bad – and offered
tips on how to prove your case, manage your witnesses, persuade the jury,
deal with opposing counsel – and handle the judge.
October 19, 2005: Judge
Cecilia Altonaga and Judge Paul C. Huck: "Practices and Procedures in U.S. District
Court" - This illuminating presentation by Judge Huck and Judge Altonaga,
on the practice and procedure of civil litigation before the U.S. District
Court, Southern District of Florida, drew upon their years of experience and
their unique perspective from the bench. This interactive presentation
offered valuable insights to the practitioners who attended. This was an
open Question and Answer format wherein Judges Huck and Altonaga
provided practical tips on motion practice, hearings, discovery disputes,
communications with the court, pretrial procedure, sanctions, and ethical
issues unique to federal practice. They will also discussed current issues
involving the Local Rules of the Court and the Federal Rules of Civil
November 16, 2005: Judge Richard
J. Suarez, Third District Court of Appeals. "If I Knew Then What I
know Now" - Every lawyer loves to tell and listen to "war stories" – tales of cases
that standout in the memory, because the results were unexpectedly good or
bad, because the issues faced were unique and challenging, or because the
characters encountered left an indelible mark. Usually the telling of a good
and meaningful war story is an unexpected bonus of the end of an otherwise
more formal CLE presentation. This time, however, the war stories were the
December 13, 2005: The Honorable
Jose Martinez, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.
"Professionalism in Federal Court – Do's and Don'ts" -
Judge Martinez discussed professionalism for the attorney practicing in
federal court. "Professionalism" is more than shorthand for "being polite."
You've heard judges say it before: "When lawyers go to lunch, they talk
about judges; when judges go to lunch, they talk about lawyers." That's just
one reason why your ability to satisfy the federal court's standards for
professional behavior -- toward parties, attorneys, jurors, court staff and
the judges themselves -- directly impacts your effectiveness as an advocate.
Judge Martinez will offered practical advice to help make you the best, most
effective, most professional attorney you can be.
January 18, 2006: The Honorable
Gill Freeman, Judge 11th Circuit, Miami-Dade County. " Offers of
Judgments and Attorneys Fees " - The Honorable Gill S. Freeman,
Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge, lectured on Offers of Judgment: When, Why
and Why Not. In cases where the legal fees have become a significant portion
of the litigants' exposure – and that's most cases – a statutory offer of
judgment or settlement can leverage a favorable outcome, protect your
client's interests, and concentrate the mind of your adversary. Florida law
makes this powerful tool available to litigators on both sides of a dispute,
but do you really know how, when and why to use this technique – or when to
avoid it? Judge Freeman addressed some of the pitfalls waiting for defense
attorneys who don't master this important litigation tool.
February 15, 2006:
Dr. Sally Kolitz-Russell and Dr. Brent Russell - "Putting
Your Expert Neuropsychologist To Use"
March 22, 2006: Judge Alan Schwartz,
Former Chief Judge, Third District Court of Appeal - "The Good Old
April 19, 2006: Mark Trower -
"When to Call the Private Investigator"
May 17, 2006: Judge Marc
Schumacher, Lyndy Lambert & Dr. Melissa Pigott -
"Inside the Jury Room"
June 14, 2006: Liz Chifari - "A 21st Century Guide to Legislative
July 19, 2006:
Judge Silverman - "History of the Dade County Courthouse"
August, 2006 - No Luncheon
September 20, 2006: Dr. David
Kushner - "Medical-Legal Aspects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury"
October 18, 2006: Stuart
Grossman - "I Have Seen The Enemy And It Is Us"
November 15, 2006: Judge Juan
Ramirez, Jr., Third District Court of Appeal - "Problems and Benefits of the
Appellate Courts and Electronic Filing"
December 13, 2006: Judge David
Gersten, Third District Court of Appeal - "Law: Evolution, Revolution, and
January 17, 2007: Judge Paul C.
Huck, Judge Adalberto Jordan, Judge Marcia Cooke "Practices and Procedures
in U.S. District Court"
February 21, 2007: Judge
Gill S. Freeman - "Current Topics for Miami-Dade County Courts: From
Pandemic Planning to the New Business Court"
March 21, 2007: Sonya Strnad,
Esq. - "E-Discovery and the Newly Amended Federal Rules of Civil
April 18, 2007: Neil Kodsi
and Lee Swanger - "How Lawyers Prepare Experts and Experts Prepare Lawyers"
- No Luncheon
June 20, 2007:
Judge Joseph P. Farina - "Current Topics
for Miami-Dade County Courts: From Pandemic Planning to the New Business
July 18, 2007:
Manuel Lasaga, Ph.D. - "Forensic Economics in International Cases"
- No Luncheon
September 19, 2007
- Judge Ronald C. Dresnick - "Professionalism
in State Court – Do's and Don'ts