Seminar Agenda

FACDL 31st Annual Meeting (2018)
June 7-10, 2018
All FACDL seminars, apart from the annual Criminal Law Certification Review seminar, are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community.  In that regard, attendance at all seminars (apart from the certification review seminar) is limited to criminal defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, defense investigators and other staff involved in providing criminal defense.  Any attempt to violate this attendance policy will be addressed vigorously.  
Registration Information: 
Online Registration
open until May 24th

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Join us at Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort June 7-10, 2018 to honor FACDL's outgoing President Andrew Metcalf and incoming President Richard Greenberg. Network with colleagues while obtaining up to 10 approved CLE credits, with 1 Ethics credit. The CLE lineup at the 2018 Annual Meeting will be one of the best ever with nearly every speaker being a current or former member of FACDL. Our host hotel The Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort is located in heart Miami Beach and recently underwent a $350-million dollar renovation into a unique, beautiful and luxurious Nobu Hotel. This is an conference you will not want to miss! **(Annual Meeting approved by the Florida Bar for 10 hours CLE credit, with 1 hour Ethics and 10 towards certification).

CLICK HERE to download and print the registration form.  Registrations by mail and fax will be accepted until May 24th.  Onsite registration will be required after that date.

Meeting Registration Rates:

FACDL Members .......$450 Earlybird | $500.00 after 4/1/18

Public Defenders ..... $330 Earlybird | $380.00 after 4/1/18

Non-Members .......... $550 Earlybird | $610.00 after 4/1/18

Seminar Registration Fee:  Includes seminar sessions and access to reference materials, Welcome reception, Friday social/entertainment, Saturday banquet and two continental breakfast meals. 

Additional registration options: 

Social Event Only Registration Rates: ( No early bird rates available)

Non-registered FACDL Members & guest..... $225.00 | per person (includes welcome reception, Friday social/entertainment & Saturday night banquet ticket)

Spouse/Guest Banquet Only......................... $110.00 | Banquet ticket ( Saturday banquet only does not include other social activities)

Saturday Night Kids' Party ...................................... $65.00 | per child


The Annual Meeting provides members an excellent opportunity to get CLE credits, participate in officer elections, recognize award winners, and network. We meet at Florida’s finest resorts, and encourage our members to bring their families. 

Host Hotel: Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort: 4525 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Florida 33140


Hotel Reservations:

Register by May 15, 2018 (JUST EXTENDED TO 22ND OF MAY) to receive discounted room rate

To make hotel reservations, you must first register for the annual meeting.  Once you have completed your annual meeting registration you will be emailed passkey link to reserve your room. HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2018  (JUST EXTENDED TO 22ND OF MAY) TO GET FACDL RATES.

FACDL has reserved a block of hotel rooms at Eden Roc Beach Resort 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 standard Eden Roc 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 and click on “FACDL’s 31st  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 "passkey link" to Eden Roc where you can 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 31st Annual Meeting, the FACDL group code will not be validated for your hotel room reservation. This means you will pay regular Eden Roc 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 (not including taxes, gratuities or parking):

Run of Resort Guest Rooms- $219.00

Ocean Suites $319.00

Ocean Front King Suites- $369.00

NOBU Room- $389.00

 FACDL discounts: Resort fee waived; valet parking $36 plus tax; 20% discount on spa services; and 10% off kids activities. 

Schedule of Events

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

Thursday, June 7

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.     Welcome Reception open bar/Early Registration/App desk at the Ocean Garden (For Seminar & Social Registrations Only)

Friday, June 8

7:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.        Registration and Gear Shop open at Eden Roc IIC

7:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.        Visit our great Exhibitors at Eden Roc IIC

7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.        Continental Breakfast at Eden Roc IIC (For Seminar Registrations Only)

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.        Welcome – Richard Greenberg, FACDL President-Elect (Seminar in Eden Roc IIA/B)

8:05 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.         Representing Indigent Defendants & the JAC Process-Rip Colvin, Executive Director, Justice  Administrative Commission & Cris Martinez, JAC General Counsel

8:55 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.         “Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain” or the Risks of Online Sex Conversations- David Fussell, Former FACDL President

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Networking Break – Visit our great Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.      Opening Statements- Donnie Murrell, Former FACDL President

10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.       Direct Examination: The Art of “What happened next?”- Jason Blank, FACDL At-large Board Member

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       Navigating the Juvenile Justice System- Brian Berkowitz, General Counsel, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.       Just Grab a Recorder and Go Ask Questions or . . . NOT the Way to Take a Deposition- Larry Turner, Former Circuit Judge & Former FACDL President & Ron Kozlowski

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Fishing excursion departs on the "Outcast", a 42' Morgan, from the Bill Bird Marina in Haulover Park.  Limited space available!  More details & pricing available from Frank McDermott, or 727-367-1080

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Tennis doubles with Michael Ufferman.  Contact him at or (850) 386-2345.

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.      Skeet Shooting event with Ernie Chang at the Trail Glades Range, immediately after the last seminar presenter.  Event sponsored by Marcos Beaton and Ernie Chang.  Anticipate that shotguns and ammunition will be provided.  Click here for more details.

1:00 p.m. - 6:00p.m.         Golf with Bob Fisher at Normandy Shores.  First tee time will be at 1:30pm.  Get signed up by contacting THE WONDERFUL Beth Painter at or call her at 407-389-4529!

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.         Desserts/open bar and Songs of Sinatra- A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes By Bill Stabile In The World famous Mona Lisa Room. Show starts at 9:15p.m.  (For Seminar & Social Registrations Only)

 Saturday, June 9

7:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Registration and Gear Shop open at Eden Roc IIC

7:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Visit our great Exhibitors at Eden Roc IIC

7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.            Continental Breakfast and Mimosa/Bloody Mary Bar at Eden Roc IIC (For Seminar Registrations Only- special ticket for unlimited Mimosa/Bloody Mary)

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.            Welcome – Richard Greenberg, FACDL President-Elect (Seminar in Eden Roc IIA/B)

8:05 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.             U.S. Supreme Court Case Law Update-  Judge Milton Hirsch, Circuit Judge (11th Judicial Circuit)

8:55 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.             The Problem of DNA Mixtures-  Seth Miller, Executive Director, Innocence Project of Florida

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           Networking Break – Visit our great Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.         Recognition of James T. Miller Scholars- Donnie Murrell, Former FACDL President at Eden Roc IIA/B

10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.         Election of Officers at Eden Roc IIA/B (Consult FACDL Bylaws for Eligibility to Vote)

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.          Drilling Down into Pretrial Release of Clients- Nancy Daniels, Legislative Consultant, Florida Public Defender Association

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.           A Judge’s View on Ethics & Professionalism- Judge Robin Lemonidis, Circuit Judge (18th Judicial Circuit)

12:10 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.          Defending Florida Licensed Professionals- Ed Bayó, Grossman, Furlow & Bayó

12:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Volleyball at the Eden Roc Ocean Garden v-ball court with Donnie Murrell, pool, spa, networking, etc.!

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.           Kid’s Party at Key Biscayne  (purchase tickets online before online registration closes)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.            Saturday Night "Banquet Pregame"  Eden Roc II Foyer  (Seminar, Social & Banquet Registration Required)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.            FACDL Awards and Swearing in Banquet Eden Roc II A  (Seminar, Social & Banquet Registration Required)

 Sunday, June 10

 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Executive Committee Meeting at Rivo Alto

 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Board Meeting at Eden Roc IIC

About the Speakers

Speaker information available on event site.


Refund Policy

Tuition refund less a $35.00 administrative fee will be made for cancellation received in writing (or email to by 4:00pm EST, April 26, 2018. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER THIS TIME.

For More Information Contact the FACDL Office: (850) 385-5080 • E-mail:
No telephone registrations, please.

Purchase Materials  

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For those unable to attend: Course Materials Rate: Prices include shipping and handling , plus audio materials, all course materials  and information for posting CLE credits online

FACDL Members or Public Defenders.......$294.63

Non-FACDL Members .................................. $324.63