FACDL's 30th Annual Meeting (2017)

June 8-11, 2017

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Join us at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan June 8-11,  2017 to honor FACDL's outgoing President, Lisa Call and incoming President, Andy Metcalf. Network with colleagues, obtain up to 10 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, and enjoy the breezy, blissful outpost mingling with your friends.

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FACDL Members .......$445 Earlybird | $495.00 after 5/17/17

Public Defenders ..... $325 Earlybird | $350.00 after 5/17/17

Non-Members .......... $550 Earlybird | $595.00 after 5/17/17

The Annual Meeting is our yearly meeting of the FACDL membership. We provide current topics of interest with outstanding speakers for up to 10 CLE credits, plus we elect our officers, present awards and have opportunities for networking. We meet at Florida’s finest resorts, and encourage our members to bring their families. Annual Meetings are Florida Bar approved for CLE credit, and these credits count toward certification.

Registration Add-ons Available

  • Saturday Night Kid's Party ..... $65.00/person
  • Spouse/ Guest Banquet Only ..... $100.00/person
  • Social Events Only.....$225.00/person


    Host Hotel

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     Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
    100 S. Ocean Blvd.
    Manalapan, Florida 33462


    To make hotel reservations, you must REGISTER first. You will be sent a unique code to reserve your room. Once you receive your code, call reservations at 855/388-0537.  HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN MAY 12, 2017 TO GET FACDL RATES.


    FACDL has reserved a block of hotel rooms at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan for people who have registered and paid to attend the seminar and/or the social events. These rooms are for attendees ONLY. All others will be charged regular Eau Palm Beach room rates.

    Procedure for reserving rooms at the FACDL group rate:

    • Before you make your hotel room reservation, you must register to attend the seminar and/or the socials events. Payment must be received by FACDL before you can make your room reservation.
    • To register for the seminar and/or the social events, go to www.facdl.org and click on “FACDL’s 30th Annual Meeting” under “Upcoming Events” or “CLE” at the top of the page. You may also fax or email the registration form in The Defender or the downloadable form directly from the registration page.
    • When FACDL receives your payment for registration, you will be emailed a link to Eau Palm Beach reservations and a unique code to reserve your room directly with the hotel.
    • Each person who registers may reserve one Suite and one Run of Resort Guest Room OR two Run of  Resort Guest Rooms.
    • Please note there are a LIMITED number of suites available at the FACDL group rate.


    In summary, if you have not registered or paid for attending either the seminar and/or social events for the 30th Annual Meeting, the FACDL group code will not be validated for your hotel room reservation. This means you will pay regular Eau Palm Beach room or suite rates.


    ***There are a limited number of rooms in each category, so register NOW to get the room of your choice!***


    Room Rates:

    Run of Resort Guest Rooms- $209.00

    Run of Ocean Rooms- $209.00

    Run of Resort One Bedroom Suites- $399.00


    Schedule of Events

    (All times subject to slight modification while locations will be announced closer to date of event)

    Thursday, June 8

    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.              Welcome Reception/Early Registration/App desk  (Ocean Ballroom & Terrace)

                                                      Dan Liguori Acoustic Entertainment

    Friday, June 9 

    7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                 Registration & Gear Shop open (Flagler Hall)


    7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                 Visit our great Exhibitors (Flagler Hall)


    7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.                 Continental Breakfast (for seminar attendees only) (Flagler Hall)


    8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m.                 Welcome Andrew Metcalf, FACDL President Elect (Grand Ballroom Salons 1-3)


    8:05 a.m.-8:55 a.m.                 U.S. Supreme Court Update

                                                      Judge Milton Hirsch, Cir. Court Judge 11th Judicial Cir.


    8:55 a.m.-9:45 a.m.                 Lessons Learned from Both Sides of the Aisle

                                                      Melissa Nelson, State Attorney 4th Judicial Cir.


    9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.               Networking Break/ Stop by our Exhibitors


    10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.             Preservation of Error: How to Preserve An Appeal

                                                      Michael Ufferman, FACDL Immediate Past President


    10:50 a.m.-11:40 a.m.             Power Closings: A Demonstration

                                                     Denis deVlaming hosting panel members: Nellie King, George Tragos, & Derek Byrd


    11:40a.m.-11:50a.m.               Recognition of James T. Miller Scholars

                                                    Donnie Murrell


    11:50a.m.-12:40p.m.               Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction

                                                     Seth Miller & James Bain, 2009 DNA Exoneree


    1:00p.m. - ???                         Network by the pool, on the beach or enjoy the World Class Spa


    1:00p.m. - ???                         Get ready to depart for the annual FACDL Golf Tournament at the Atlantis Country Club.

                                                     Contact Beth at Bob Fisher's office (407-389-4LAW-4529).  Limited availability so call ASAP. 

    2:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.                FACDL Gun Enthusiast Excursion to Palm Beach Shooting Center

                                                      (reserve your spot by contacting erniechang@brevardlawfirm.com)


    8:30p.m- 11:00p.m.                 Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos  (Grand Ballroom Salons 1-3)



    Saturday, June 10

    7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                 Registration & Gear Shop open (Flagler Hall)


    7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                 Visit our great Exhibitors (Flagler Hall)


    7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.                 Continental Breakfast (for seminar attendees only) (Flagler Hall)


    8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m.                 Welcome (Grand Ballroom Salons 1-3)

                                                       Andrew Metcalf, FACDL President Elect


    8:05 a.m.-8:55 a.m.                 Evidence Law Update

                                                       Judge Richard Hersch ,Cir. Court Judge 11th Judicial Cir.


    8:55 a.m.-9:45 a.m.                 The Adolescent Brain: How the Research & Developments in Adolescent

                                                      Psychology Can Inform Reliable Sentencing Outcomes

                                                      Roseanne Eckert


    9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.                Networking Break/Election of Officers


    10:15 a.m.-11:05 a.m.               Ethics

                                                      Donnie Murrell, Larry Turner & Peg O’Connor                  


    11:05 a.m.-11:55 p.m.                Legislative Update

                                                       Lisa Anderson, Jorge Chamizo, & Matthew Willard


    11:55 p.m.-12:45 p.m.               False Confessions:  They do Exist

                                                      Harvey Fishbein


    1:00p.m. - ???                          Network, Spa, Golf, Tennis, Beach, Pool or all of them

    2:00p.m. - ???                          Donnie Murrell's Beach Volleyball (at the beach)


    6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.               Kid’s Party at Aquanuts

                                                      (must register before 4pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017)

    6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.                Banquet Cocktail Reception (Flagler Hall)


    7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.                FACDL Awards & Swearing In Banquet (Grand Ballroom Salons 1-3)

                                                       (pickup tickets at registration)

    About the Speakers


    Lisa grew up in Panama City Beach working in her family’s seafood business.  Many years “serving time” in the fish house and on the docks, she returned to college and subsequently graduated from Stetson Law in 1999.

    After two years as a judicial staff attorney (and failing to develop a healthy respect for the judiciary), Lisa went into private criminal defense practice in 2001.  She has tried more than 75 jury trials as a criminal defense attorney.

                Lisa has been the FACDL Chapter Representative for Bay County/Fourteenth Judicial Circuit since 2006.  Since 2013, Lisa has had the privilege of serving as the Co-Chair of FACDL’s Legislative Committee.  She has been a past speaker at multiple FACDL seminars: “It’s My Shit and I Want it Back: STATE FORFEITURE” at the 2014 Annual Meeting and “The Benefits of Civil Traffic Cases & Public Records” at the Watercolor Seminar in 2015.

    Lisa is on the legal committee for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML), and is a member of NACDL and the National College of DUI Defense.  Her practice is entirely devoted to criminal defense, and matters related to criminal defense.  She authored “Disabling the Prosecution’s Case in High-Stakes Florida DUI Cases," Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in Florida, Thompson Reuters/Aspatore, 2012.



    Derek Byrd was born and raised in Sarasota. He graduated from Florida State University in 1990 with a B. A. in Criminology. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Quinnipiac College of Law in Hamden, Connecticut in 1995 graduating cum laude.

    After being admitted to the Florida Bar in early 1996, Derek went to work for the Public Defender’s Office in Sarasota, where he gained extensive and valuable trial experience. He opened The Byrd Law Firm in 1998.  Mr. Byrd is Board Certified in Criminal Law. He is a Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Statewide Chapter.  He also served as the President of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 1999 – 2001.  Additionally, Mr. Byrd is a Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court. Mr. Byrd has served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.  He is licensed in all State Courts and the Federal Court, Middle District of Florida.  Mr. Byrd has written articles for the Defender magazine and spoken at FACDL seminars.  He is a Life Member of FACDL, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Mr. Byrd is an active youth baseball coach, coaching All-Star and Travel Ball teams for his two sons, Dalton and Colby. His wife, Heather, is not only his partner in life but also his Partner in The Byrd Law Firm, and her practice is concentrated on family law.

    An attorney and governmental consultant, Jorge Chamizo represents a variety of clients before the Florida Legislature, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and several state regulatory agencies.



    An attorney and governmental consultant, Jorge Chamizo represents a variety of clients before the Florida Legislature, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and several state regulatory agencies. Before returning to the private sector, Jorge served as Chief Advisor to the Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission, the state agency which regulates Florida's utilities. In that capacity, Jorge gave counsel to the Chairman on legal and policy matters related to telecommunications, energy, water, and wastewater issues coming before the Commission, assisted the Chairman in setting and implementing overall agency policy and direction, served as central contact to industry representatives, and was the Chairman's liaison to the Florida Legislature as well as state and local government agencies. 

    Prior to his time at the PSC, Jorge worked as an attorney and governmental consultant for statewide law firms where he represented clients before the Legislature,  Florida Division of Administrative Hearings and various executive branch agencies on matters relating to professional licensure, design and construction, energy, telecommunications, and state taxation. 

     Apart from his legal and governmental experience, Jorge brings to Floridian Partners over a decade of business experience in the areas of marketing, sales and management.

     Jorge is an honors graduate from the Florida State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2000) and received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Miami (BBA, 1996).

     Jorge was honored in the Fall 2007 Edition of Insider Magazine as one of the top lobbyists in South Florida and received the 2009 Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project Award.



    Denis deVlaming received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University in 1969.  He graduated from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1972 and is now an adjunct professor there teaching “Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy”.  He has been a criminal lawyer all his career.  He is the past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is board certified in criminal trial law.  He is an avid writer and lecturer in areas that affect the practice of criminal defense.



                Roseanne Eckert is a board certified criminal trial attorney who began her career as an Assistant Public Defender is Orlando, Florida.  In 2004, Ms. Eckert accepted employment with the Office of the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel-south where she represented indigent death-sentenced inmates in their postconviction litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.

                In 2015, the Florida Supreme Court held that Miller v. Alabama’s prohibition against sentencing juveniles to life without parole for first degree murder was to apply retroactively.  Following that decision, the Florida Center for Capitol Representation at the FIU College of Law obtained funding for a position to support and train the lawyers who are representing juveniles in Miller and Graham cases.  Ms. Eckert is now the Coordinating Attorney for the Florida Juvenile Resentencing and Review Project, housed at the FIU College of Law. The Project provides free consultation, training, sample pleadings and research, and access to a listserv for lawyers representing kids in adult court.  For more information, please email reckert.@fiu.edu.



    Since 1973, criminal defense attorney Harvey Fishbein has been practicing law in New York federal and state courts. Soon after graduating with honors from the National Law Center at The George Washington University in 1972, Harvey joined the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. He has been in private practice since 1984.

    Recognized as a leader in criminal defense in New York City, Harvey served two terms as President of the New York Criminal Bar Association from 2003-2005, and is presently a member of the Executive Committee, Criminal Justice Section, New York State Bar Association. He has lectured, taught and mentored lawyers and law students on various aspects of criminal defense practice, including ethics and the psychiatric defense. Harvey also serves as Chair of the Central Screening Committee for the Assigned Counsel Plan. There he oversees all attorneys appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants in New York County and Bronx County. He is also a member of the Federal Court Capital Panel, representing indigent clients facing the death penalty.

    Since May 2012, Harvey has been the lead defense attorney for Pedro Hernandez, who is charged with the murder of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old who in 1979 did not return home after leaving his SoHo home to walk to a school bus stop two blocks away.   This case, which has gained international attention, involves elements of mental illness, false confessions, police misconduct, and complex legal issues.

    In People vs. Andrew Goldstein (1999), a highly-publicized case in which Harvey represented an individual who, while suffering from schizophrenia, pushed Kendra Webdale in front of a New York City subway train, resulting in her death. This case led to Kendra’s Law, a landmark legislation that provides assistance to people with mental illness who are unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision.

    Three years earlier, in People v. Reuben Harris, Harvey obtained from a jury a “Not Responsible” finding as a result of a mental disease in a highly publicized case strikingly similar to Goldstein. Reuben Harris suffered from schizophrenia and pushed a 63-year-old in front of a subway train in Manhattan, resulting in her death. As a result of the favorable jury verdict, the defendant was hospitalized and received needed psychiatric treatment.



    Circuit Judge Richard Hersch is currently assigned to the Felony Division in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  A life-long resident of Miami and a graduate of FSU (1976) and UF (1980-Law), Richard practiced as a sole practitioner or partner in a Mom-and-Pop firm for 31 years.  Judge Hersch last practiced as a partner in Hersch & Talisman P.A. before being appointed to the Circuit Bench by Governor Scott in February 2012.  Board Certified in criminal trial law, Judge Hersch represented criminal defendants in the state and federal courts throughout Florida for offenses ranging from DUI to first degree murder.  He filed the first “Stand Your Ground” motions in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties and was counsel on the first SYG case in the Third DCA.  Judge Hersch also served as a volunteer guardian ad litem representing abuse victims in the criminal courts for nearly 15 years.  During his practice, Richard was admitted to practice in the Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and argued in the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth District Courts of Appeal as well as the Florida Supreme Court.

                Richard is a past president of the local and statewide FACDL.  A former Chair of the Criminal Trial Certification Committee, the Traffic Court Rules Committee and a current of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee for The Florida Bar, he also serves on the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section.  Judge Hersch has participated as faculty at the Gerald Bennett Prosecutor / PD college in Gainesville and on dozens of seminar programs for the FACDL and Florida Bar.  For 7 years he wrote the DUI Notes column for The Defender, the FACDL quarterly magazine.

                Judge Hersch is the father of two daughters, Rebecca (28), a DNA researcher, and Ellison (18), an undergraduate at Smith College.  He is an avid SCUBA diver and Instrument-Rated Private Pilot with over 2400 hours of flight time.



    Hon. Milton Hirsch has been a judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida since January of 2011.  He is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law and at St. Thomas Law School.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award, the highest award given to a member of the judiciary by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; in 2014, he was the recipient of the Theodore Klein award, the highest award conferred by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers; in 2015, he was one of six finalists, out of all Florida circuit judges, for the Chief Justice’s Award for Judicial Excellence; and in 2016, he was the recipient of the Dade County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Award.

    After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Judge Hirsch worked in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, rising to the position of assistant chief of narcotics prosecution.  In January of 1987 he entered private practice.  He was routinely listed in Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, Top 250 Criminal Lawyers in South Florida, and other like-kind publications.

    For a dozen years Judge Hirsch authored  Hirsch’s Florida Criminal Trial Procedure, considered the leading treatise of its kind.  He was also formerly the co-author, with Hon. Martin Kahn, of the Criminal Bench Guide for Florida Circuit Judges.  He is the author of numerous law review articles; and his novel, The Shadow of Justice, was the 2005 winner of the Midwestern Independent Publishers Award for best novel in the mystery/fiction category, and runner-up for the Benjamin Franklin Award for best new voice in American fiction.

    Judge Hirsch looks forward to his beloved Chicago Cubs winning the World Series again in another 108 years.



    Nellie King is the owner of The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A. in West Palm Beach, where she practices exclusively criminal defense work in state and federal courts (www.CriminalDefenseFla.com).  Ms. King is a Past President of FACDL, as well as the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and she currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In this role, Ms. King has actively promoted Clemency Project recruitment efforts within Florida and fundraising for NACDL’s Foundation for Criminal Justice.  Ms. King is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 in recognition of her contributions to the legal profession and the community.  Ms. King then graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law School, where she won the Feinrider Moot Court Competition, as well as various trial advocacy awards.  Ms. King lectures frequently on the topics of sex abuse defense, the Fourth Amendment, defending the mentally ill, and women in business.  

    Ms. King is also active in her community, serving on the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and the Board of Boys’ Town South Florida



    Seth Miller, Esq., is the Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Florida (IPF). He litigates post-conviction innocence cases, supervises the IPF’s internship program, and regularly lectures to students, lawyers, and community groups on issues related to criminal procedure, forensic science, and wrongful convictions.  He also teaches Post-conviction Remedies and Wrongful Convictions as an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law.  Mr. Miller is President of the Innocence Network, a consortium of more than 70 innocence organizations in the United States and abroad.  He has served on the Innocence Network Executive Board since 2012. Mr. Miller also serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the American Bar Association Death Penalty Due Process Review Project.  Before joining IPF in 2006, Mr. Miller served as a project attorney with the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project in Washington, D.C., and as a staff attorney with the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, Florida.  He graduated from Florida State University College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.



    Donnie Murrell is a solo practitioner in West Palm Beach. He started his career as an assistant public defender and has been in private practice for more than thirty years. He was the first president of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is proud to have been involved in the founding of FACDL. He Chaired the Criminal Law Section of Florida Bar; served on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee; and has represented the Palm Beach County Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegates for over fifteen years. In 2015 he became the first lawyer to receive the PBACDL Judge Barry Cohen Champion of Justice Award. He has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1998. 



    Melissa Nelson took office as State Attorney for Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit on Jan. 3, 2017.

    She leads a group of more than 100 attorneys and 200 staff who represent the people of Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties primarily in criminal matters.  Nelson previously spent 12 years in the office as an assistant state attorney from 1997-2009. During that time, she served as a felony division chief and handled a wide range of criminal prosecutions including capital homicides, white collar matters, sex crimes, and crimes against children. 

    Following her time in the public sector, she spent seven years with the international law firm, McGuireWoods. There, Nelson represented colleges and universities in higher education matters as well as businesses and individuals in business litigation.

    Armed with those past experiences, Nelson successfully pursued the lead prosecutor’s role in mid-2016 on a “tough but fair” platform that sought to restore trust in the office of the State Attorney.

    Nelson earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Jason, live in Jacksonville where they raise their three children.



    Peg O’Connor practices with Turner O’Connor Kozlowski in Gainesville, where she focuses on criminal defense and professional licensing/tenure defense.  She went into private practice in 2007 after spending nearly a decade serving as a law clerk in both the state and federal courts.   She is an adjunct professor at UF and serves on the boards of multiple organizations, including the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and the North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  She is a proud lifetime member of FACDL.



    George E. Tragos is the managing partner of the Law Offices of Tragos & Sartes, P.L. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University. Mr. Tragos holds an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubble and is listed in Florida SuperLawyers, Florida’s Top Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America in both white collar and non-white collar criminal defense categories; he has also been selected by The National Trial Lawyers, as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. Mr. Tragos regularly teaches the Ethics of Criminal Lawyer at Stetson University College of Law. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, in America and in American Law.

    He has served as Chief of the Felony Division for the State Attorney’s Office of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida. He also served as Lead Trial Assistant in the Department of Justice for the President’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He has served as a Commissioner to the West German Government and represented the United States in the courts of Switzerland.

    He is a Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Past Chairman of the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section , Past Chairman of the Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee, Past Chairman of the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, Past Chairman of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee of the Florida Bar and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Florida Bar and a member of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar.

    Mr. Tragos is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer and a past member of the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. He is a regular lecturer for the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association in the area of Criminal Defense.

    Mr. Tragos has regularly appeared on national television including CNN, Nancy Grace, Inside Edition, On the Record with Greta VanSusteren, Showbiz Tonight, and Fox News. His practice concentrates on criminal defense in all State and Federal Courts throughout the country as well as catastrophic personal injury cases. He resides in Clearwater, Florida with his wife Demetria, and has three children.



    Larry Turner graduated from the University of Florida law school and has spent the ensuing years burnishing his reputation as both a criminal defense lawyer and a circuit judge, throughout north Florida. As the founding member of the firm that bears his name, Mr. Turner drives the practice, drawing on his years of experience in civil rights litigation, criminal defense, civil litigation, and representing professionals with licensing, tenure, and employment issues.

    Mr. Turner focuses his attention on complex criminal defense and civil litigation, bringing creative thinking and new ideas to difficult cases.

    In addition to his eight years on the bench in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Mr. Turner has served as a state prosecutor, Adjunct Professor at the UF College of Law, a founder and president of the Florida Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section.

    In daily practice, Mr. Turner believes in the collaborative approach he has instituted at the firm. The firm draws on all resources, from attorneys to law clerks to paralegals to other staff, to ensure the best representation possible for clients. A manageable caseload guarantees that each client’s case will receive the attention deserved.



    Michael Ufferman is a board certified criminal appellate lawyer. He, his wife Ida, and their two children Casey and Mia live in Tallahassee. Michael is the Immediate Past President of FACDL. He also currently serves on The Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee and he previously served as the chair of The Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee and as a member of The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Michael was on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Florida from 2007-2014.


    Michael received his Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law (serving on the law review and graduating magna cum laude). After he graduated from law school, Michael clerked for five years for Justice Major B. Harding at the Florida Supreme Court.

    In 2016, Michael received the Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award given by the Capital City Bar Presidents Council. Michael has also received the Gene Taylor Memorial Award given by the Tallahassee Chapter of FACDL (2010); the FACDL President’s Appreciation Award (2010); and the FACDL Extra Mile Award (2009 & 2012).



    Matthew R. Willard is a criminal defense lawyer in Tallahassee. He has been in private practice since 1998. He served two terms as president of his local FACDL chapter, now serves as a Chapter Representative, and is the current Chair of FACDL's Legislative Affairs Committee.


    Refund Policy

    Tuition refund less a $25.00 administrative fee will be made for cancellation received in writing (or email to facdlinfo@facdl.org) by 4:00pm EST, May 12, 2017. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER THIS TIME.

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