Annual Nimmons Federal Practice Seminar is April 23

Topics include legal ethics, artificial intelligence, courtroom comments and injustice.

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The Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse at 300 N. Hogan St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
The Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse at 300 N. Hogan St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
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Registration is open for the 20th annual Honorable Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons Jr. Federal Practice Seminar. 

Federal practitioners will meet 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 23 at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse for presentations and four hours of CLE credit anticipated.

The fee is $85 for members of the Jacksonville Federal Court Bar Association; $55 for government, nonprofit and Criminal Justice Act Panel attorneys; $25 for court staff attorneys and judicial law clerks; and is free for judges and first-year judicial law clerks. Nonmembers may attend at a cost of $135.

The price for all attendees includes breakfast, lunch, presentations and instructional materials.

This year’s seminar features several speakers with a break-out session in the ceremonial courtroom:

• “Recent Developments & Hot Topics in Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility”

This program from Trisha Rich, partner at Holland & Knight, will cover some of the most important legal ethics developments of the past year with practical guidance from ethics opinions and case law around the country. 

Topics will include: New law developments and lawyer regulatory reform, ethical (and unethical) witness preparation, the latest cases on advance waivers of conflicts of interest, the first lawyers disciplined for falling for wire transfer frauds, ethical (or unethical) deception in investigations, using artificial intelligence ethically and responsibly and continuing lawyer cybersecurity dangers.

“Artificial Intelligence and Election Disinformation”

Artificial intelligence continues to develop rapidly and, as it does, is contributing to challenges in regulating the information — and disinformation — published about upcoming elections.

AI deepfakes are no longer novel occurrences but are now a fixture in the spread of information online.

In the presentation, professor Lyrissa Lidsky of the University of Florida Levin College of Law will explore examples of how AI influences political campaigns and speech, discuss the legal tensions that inevitably arise with the First Amendment, and offer insight on how regulation of AI disinformation in this context is likely to progress.

“Comments on the Courtroom”

With their nearly 50 years of combined experience as judges in this community, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Chief Judge Timothy Corrigan and U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard have seen it all in the courtroom.

In this practical skills session, they will provide insight from the bench on what works, and what doesn’t, in the courtroom.

The session will feature demonstrations of effective (and less effective) lawyering as the judges cover common mistakes they see in a variety of situations, including oral arguments, remote hearings, opening statements and examinations at trial.

"Injustice: Media, “Storytelling, and Righting Wrongs in Florida”

Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning book “Devil in the Grove,” will discuss his latest Florida project, Bone Valley, a nine-part narrative podcast about the 1989 conviction of Leo Schofield in Polk County.

King spent four years investigating the case for his podcast, uncovering new evidence and prosecutorial misconduct, making the case that Schofield is innocent of the murder of his wife, Michelle, a crime that has kept him in prison for the past 36 years.

Visit and click on Upcoming Events to register by April 16.



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