Appellate Law in Florida


Live Broadcast on May 23, 2017

Although many cases settle before trial, a remarkable number of cases require an appeal. Whether it be an appeal from an order granting a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment, or whether it be an appeal of a criminal conviction, it behooves all litigators to have a foundational understanding of basic appellate procedure in Florida. This course does just that. Topics include appellate jurisdiction, notice of appeals, brief writing, oral argument, and motions/petitions for rehearing in both federal and state appellate courts. Davis highlights the differences in appellate procedure between state and federal court. Importantly, Davis tackles not just the basics of appellate procedure, but he also offers practical tips for writing an effective brief and executing a successful oral argument.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Appellate procedure in criminal and civil cases, with some discussion of bankruptcy appellate procedure.
  • Appellate jurisdiction, deadlines for timely filing a notice of appeal, and the appellate record
  • Appellate motion practice, including motions to dismiss and motions for costs and attorney’s fees
  • Brief writing and all its attendant deadlines and page requirements; study how to strategic craft an appendix to the brief
  • Requests for oral argument and tips for executing a well-prepared oral argument.
  • What to do after issuance of an opinion, including petitions/motions for rehearing and rehearing en banc.
  • Florida Supreme Court appellate practice

Date / Time: May 23, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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michael-davisMichael T. Davis, Esq. focuses on complex state and federal litigation at Kuehne Davis Law, P.A. A graduate of Stetson University, Davis began his appellate career successfully competing in moot court competitions. A former law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, Davis joined the Appellate Division of the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. Davis has argued before the Third DCA, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, securing more than 30 written opinions.

Davis is a noted speaker on appellate practice. He chairs a subcommittee of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee, and the Daily Business Review in 2015 named him Most Effective Lawyer in the Appellate category.

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Section I. Appellate Jurisdiction

Section II. Getting the Appellate Process Started (Notices of Appeal, the Record, Federal Certificate of Interested Person)

Section III. Key Motions (Extensions of Time, Dismissal, Costs and Fees)

Section IV. Briefs (Deadlines, Page Limits, Brief Requirements, the Federal Appendix, Standards of Review, and Tips for Writing an Effective Brief)

Section V. Oral Argument (Request for Additional Time, Preparation, Practical Tips for a Successful Oral Argument)

Section VI. The Opinion (Types of Opinions, Petition for Rehearing, Petition for Rehearing En Banc)

Section VII. Florida Supreme Court Appellate Practice (Jurisdictional Brief, Merits Brief, Oral Argument)