Chair’s Message

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section.

Please join me this year as we continue to advance our mission of advancing the skills, professionalism and ethics of all lawyers in all courtrooms throughout Florida, as well as protecting the right-of-access to our courts for resolution of disputes through trials by jury. This year we will be particularly busy monitoring proposals of the Constitution Revision Commission to provide comments and education to the public on pertinent topics and issues.
If you have not yet renewed your membership in The Trial Lawyers Section, I encourage you to join quickly to begin enjoying the benefits of all we have to offer. The Trial Lawyers Section will be providing several seminars this year, all over the state, that you will not want to miss out on. On September 8, our Medical Malpractice Seminar will be offered in Ft. Lauderdale, at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, good for eight (8) Civil Trial Certification hours and one (1) Ethics hour. The Advanced Trial Advocacy Course that counts as a full jury trial for Civil Trial Certification, 40 hours of Civil Trial Certification credit, 20 hours of Business Litigation Certification credit and 10.5 hours of Ethics will be May 15-19, 2018 in Gainesville at the University of Florida Law School. The Civil Trial Certification Review Course will be in January at the Tampa Airport Marriott, good for 15 hours of Civil Trial Certification credit.
The Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition for all Florida Law Schools will be January 17-19, 2018 at the Jacksonville Courthouse. Volunteer to serve as a juror and receive eight (8) hours of CLE credit. Our two-day Teachers Law School will be on January 25 and 26, 2018 in Orlando, providing teachers from all over the State with speakers and materials about the three separate but equal branches of government, the importance of the judicial branch and the role of trials and trial lawyers in our system of government.
Our newsletter, The Edge will provide you with up-to-date reviews of new case law and useful practice articles. Our premier publication, The Discovery Handbook used by judges across the state will be undergoing an up-to-date revision this year by John Williams from St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Conference for Circuit and County Judges. Our Guidelines for Professional Conduct, used in many courtrooms, are available on our website.
As my immediate predecessor Tom Bishop stated, if you try cases, want to try cases, or want to learn more about the trial of cases, the Trial Lawyers Section is the place to do so.

Joseph F. Kinman, Jr.

Chair Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar