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2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Audio and video now available!

February 2 — 3, 2018
The 2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference took place on February 2-3, 2018, at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Audio and video from the event are now available and posted to the schedule.
 
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
Walt Disney World® Resort

Cost to Attend:

Includes Friday night banquet dinner and Saturday fireworks reception.

$250 - Judiciary, Government Employees and Student Members (you must be logged into your account to view member pricing)
$300 - General Members (you must be logged into your account to view member pricing)
$400 - Non-Members
$175 - Guest, Dinner Ticket
$50 - Guest, Fireworks Reception Ticket

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 30.  No refunds will be issued after this date.
 
*Online registration for this event is now closed.*
Limited onsite registration will be available. Prices will be $25 higher at the door.
 
Click HERE to view the conference Facebook page.

CLE: 8 Hours of Florida CLE will be available for attendees.

 

Hotel Accommodations:

The Federalist Society roomblock is full. If you need hotel accommodations, you can make arrangements at the Swan and Dolphin or Hilton Bonnet Creek.


The Federalist Society does not have a roomblock at these hotels.

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3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Departures from the American Rule on Attorney’s Fees

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Topics: Professional Responsibility & Legal Education
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

  • Elena Crosby - Director of Constituent Services, Office of US Senator -Marco Rubio; Orlando Lawyers Chapter President, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. Jimmy Patronis - Chief Financial Officer, Florida

Session I:  Departures from the American Rule on Attorney’s Fees

Panelists:

  • Bruce J. Berman – Shareholder, Carlton Fields
  • Prof. Brian T. Fitzpatrick – Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Hinda Klein – Partner, Conroy Simberg
  • R. Hugh Lumpkin – Managing Partner, Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert Luck - Third District Court of Appeal, Florida

Remarks:

  • Hon. Ron DeSantis - U.S. House of Representatives, Florida 6th District

 

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

Speakers

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
A Reception Honoring the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Florida Chapters Banquet

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Address by Governor Richard Scott

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Topics: State Courts • State Governments
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Governor Rick Scott of Florida delivered a short address at the 2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference.

  • Hon. Richard L. Scott - Governor, Florida
  • Introduction: Daniel Nordby – General Counsel, Governor of Florida

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Florida Chapters Banquet Discussion

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Environmental & Energy Law • Labor & Employment Law • State Governments
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Panel Discussion Participants:

  • Hon. R. Alexander Acosta - Secretary, United States Department of Labor
  • Hon. Scott Pruitt - Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Moderator: Hon. Gregory G. Katsas - United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The First Amendment/Title IX and Due Process at the Universities

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Topics: Civil Rights • Due Process • Education Policy • First Amendment • Free Speech & Election Law
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Opening Remarks

  • Hon. Adam Putnam - Agriculture Commissioner, Florida

Session II: The First Amendment/Title IX and Due Process at the Universities

  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar - CEO, Champion Women; Advocacy for Girls and Women in Sports
  • Prof. Michael T. Morley – Barry University, School of Law
  • Jesse Panuccio - Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ayman Rizkalla – Partner, Akerman LLP
  • Moderator: Carlos G. Muniz - Senior Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting; Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Florida Separation of Powers

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Topics: Separation of Powers • State Governments
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Session III: Florida Separation of Powers

Panelists:

  • Amit Agarwal – Solicitor General, Florida
  • Kathryn Ciano – Senior Counsel, Uber
  • Mayanne Downs – City Attorney, Orlando
  • Daniel Nordby – General Counsel, Governor of Florida
  • Moderator: Hon. Tom Barber, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida

As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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12:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Perspectives on the Florida Office of Attorney General

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Federalism • Healthcare • Separation of Powers • State Governments
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

The panelists discussed the roles and responsibilities of Attorney Generals and specifically the role of Florida's AG. Discussion included an explanation of the varied roles and responsibilities statutorily and constitutionally given to the Attorney General and different means and perspectives on filling those roles. The discussion also encompassed the proper role of the Attorney General in multistate and federal matters, such as litigation over federal laws and their applicability to states, including laws such as the Affordable Care Act. Other federal matters in which attorney generals are or may be involved were discussed. The role of the Solicitor General within the AG's office was also discussed.

Participants:

  • Rep. Jay Fant – District 15, Florida House of Representatives
  • Hon. Ashley Moody – Former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge
  • Rep. Ross Spano – District 59, Florida House of Representatives
  • Ryan Torrens – Torrens Law Group, P.A.
  • Rep. Frank White – District 2, Florida House of Representatives
  • Moderator: Joe Jacquot - Foley & Lardner, LLP

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6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Dessert Reception and EPCOT Fireworks Viewing

2018 Annual Florida Chapters Conference

EPCOT
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Orlando, FL 32821

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6:15 p.m.  Meet at the Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center Porte Cochere   
7:00 p.m.  Dessert Reception: Living Seas Salon
8:45 p.m.
– 9:15 p.m. Fireworks Viewing

Conference attendees and registered guests should meet at 6:15 p.m., at the Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center Porte Cochere. From here, there will be bus transportation to the Living Seas Salon located near the front of EPCOT. Guests with Disney theme park tickets can meet the group at the Living Seas Salon, in EPCOT, at 7:00 p.m. Following the reception, guests can walk or take the bus to the viewing area for the fireworks. Casual attire suggested.

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