FACDL's 36th Annual Meeting

June 8-10, 2023

HOTEL GUESTROOMS AT GROUP RATE ARE SOLD OUT

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462

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. 

(ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN TIME ZONE)

REGISTRATION:

  • 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.   
  • Registration for this event grants FACDL permission to use photographs and/or video of the registered attendees in publications, news releases, website pages, social media and in any other FACDL communications related to the mission of FACDL
  • Those seminar attendees in need of additional services under ADA, please provide notice of your needs to becky@facdl.org no later than May 18, 2023, so arrangements can be discussed in advance..

Registration Options & Rates (Only Onsite Registrations after May 18, 2023 for an additional $20):

CLE registrations include one admission to all CLE Seminar and Social Events and don't forget to register your spouse or significant other.

FACDL Members CLE & Social

  • $400 SUPER EARLY BIRD before 2/15/23 | $450 Early Bird before 4/3/23 | $500.00 on/after 4/3/23 

Public Defender Non-Members CLE & Social

  • $280 SUPER EARLY BIRD before 2/15/23 | $330 Early Bird before 4/3/23 | $380.00 on/after 4/3/23 CONTACT FACDL@FACDL.ORG TO REGISTER AT THIS PRICE

Public Defender Members CLE & Social

  •  $260 SUPER EARLY BIRD before 2/15/23 | $310 Early Bird before 4/3/23 | $360.00 on/after 4/3/23

Non-Members CLE & Social 

  • $510 SUPER EARLY BIRD before 2/15/23 |  $560 Early Bird before 4/3/23 | $610.00 on/after 4/3/23

Social Only Registration

  • $250 (Includes admission for one to all social events)

Banquet Only Registration Available by calling 850-385-5080..... $120 (admission for one to Pre-Banquet Cocktail Party and Banquet)

Kids Party Saturday Night....$70 per child (Limited to the first 30 purchases. Child must be fully potty-trained and no older than 12.)

Parking- Valet $35 per car per night / Daily $20 per car

BRING YOUR LAPTOP OR TABLET/IPAD, AS ALL COURSE MATERIALS ARE IN A DIGITAL FORMAT AVAILABLE VIA EVENT SITE OR ON THE FACDL WEBSITE FOR MEMBERS. THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL COPIES GIVEN OUT ONSITE.  WE ATTEMPT TO MAKE MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE SO THEY CAN BE DOWNLOADED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.

CLE:

ATTENDEES MAY ONLY SUBMIT CLE CREDIT FOR THE HOURS ACTUALLY ATTENDED TO THE FLORIDA BAR.  

The Florida Bar has approved: (credits expire 12/31/2024)

General 7.0

Professionalism 1.0

Ethics    1.0

Technology         1.0 

Certification Credits

Criminal Trial Law             7.0

Criminal Appellate Law  7.0

HOST HOTEL:

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462

Hotel Rates & Reservations: 

  • To make hotel reservations, you must first register & pay for the annual meeting.  Once you have completed your annual meeting registration you will be eligible to seek a hotel room at FACDL group rates if available.  HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN MAY 16, 2023 (if rooms are still available)!
  • ONLY ONE ROOM MAY BE RESERVED PER  REGISTERED ATTENDEE UNLESS APPROVED BY FACDL'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • For more hotel information, such as rates, please contact FACDL at (850) 385-5080 or through email at becky@facdl.org

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to modification):

Top Tier DUI/DWI Services Sponsor

 

Thursday, June 8, 2023

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm       Welcome Cocktail Reception (CLE or Social Registration-children welcome). (Cash/Ticket Bar) SPONSORED BY Crush the Rankings

Friday, June 9, 2023

???? am - ???? am        Fishing Excursion- 1/2 day off shore trip.  Contact Ian Goldstein ian@iangoldsteinlaw.com for prices and further details

7:30 am – 8:30 am        Registration Open, Exhibits & Breakfast Buffet in foyer to ballroom (CLE Registrations only for all seminar events)

8:15 am – 8:25 am        Welcome address to seminar by Luke Newman, President-Elect 

8:25 am – 9:15 am        Forensic Evidence for the Tech Resistant by Harold McFarland, CFE. CPA, CMA

9:15 am -10:05 am        The Uneasy Marriage Between Lawyers and the Media panel (Vincent A. Citro, Theodore Bridis, Joan Murray & Hank Coxe) moderated by Ron Kozlowski, FACDL Director at Large

10:05 am – 10:20 am    Networking Break (CLE Registrations only)

10:20 am – 11:05 am    Interactive Ethics In The Trenches by Denis deValming, FACDL Past President

11:05 am - 11:15 am     Message from CST the Official DUI/DWI Services Sponsor of the FACDL

11:15 am -12:00 pm      The Capitol’s Impact on Criminal Defense-Legislative Update by FACDL Lobbyists Corinne Mixon & Andrew Rutledge

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm      FREE TIME-Tennis 1:30-4:30pm with Matt Willard. Contact Matt Willard for more details at  Matt@Willard.law   Gun Range 2-4pm with Ernie Chang.  Contact Ernie for more details at erniechang@brevardlawfirm.com  

8:30 pm – 11:00 pm      HOWL2GO- DUELING PIANOS (CLE or Social Registration Required) (Cash/Ticket Bar)

Saturday, June 10, 2023 

7:30 am – 8:30 am        Registration open, Exhibits & Breakfast Buffet (CLE Registrations only for all seminar events) 

8:15 am – 8:25 am        Welcome address to seminar by Luke Newman, President-Elect 

8:25 am – 9:15 am        Don’t “Miss”-“Calculate” the Blackbox by Fred Davidson, D.A.I.R. Forensics

9:15 am – 10:05 am      Professionalism in the Courtroom and Outside the Courtroom judicial panel (The Honorable Nicole Menz, The Honorable Shannon McFee, The Honorable David Oberliesen, The Honorable Michael Snure, and The Honorable Monique Richardson) moderated by Jude Faccidomo

10:00 am – 11:00 am    Bloody Mary/Mimosa (Cash/Ticket Bar)

10:05 am – 10:20 am    Networking Break (CLE Registrations only) 

10:20 am – 11:30 am    Election of Officers (Ernie Chang, “Soon to be” Immediate Past President) 

11:30 am- 12:20 am      Supreme Court Year in Review by The Honorable Milton Hirsch

11:00 am - 5:00 pm       FACDL Volleyball 

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm      FREE TIME-Gun Range Excursion… –TBA  

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm      Kids Party

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm        FACDL Awards Cocktail Reception, Banquet and Installation of Officers and Luke Newman as FACDL 36th President (CLE, Social or Banquet Registration Required) (Cash/Ticket Bar)

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm      FACDL DANCE- music by “RELENTLESS” (CLE, Social or Banquet Registration Required) (Cash/Ticket Bar)

About the Speakers: 

Harold McFarland is a Forensic Internet and Electronic Devices Expert as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Forensic Accountant (CPA, CMA).  He is a member of the Association of Fraud Examiners Advisory Council and the chief forensic scientist and a partner of Quantum Cyber Security & Investigations, Inc. located in Sarasota, Florida. At Quantum he is responsible for detailed computer, network device, and Internet forensic evaluations as well as providing detailed support for civil and criminal investigations and expert testimony. His case experience covers a broad array of forensic analysis from data recovery and spoliation charges to hacking and unauthorized access, to downloading and possession of contraband files.  In multiple cases he has testified to the alternative explanations for evidence as well as incorrect or compromised procedures and the failure to collect the most pertinent information that may have exonerated a client. He holds an FCC license and understands how cell towers work and how they can show a connection in an area where someone may not be in that immediate area.  In addition to the technical skills with electronic devices, as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner he brings additional skills to bear in analyzing financial data.  The combination of the technical knowledge and the financial knowledge puts him in a rare position of being able to analyze complex embezzlement, Ponzi, violation of fiduciary duty and similar situations. His financial cases cover everything from simple, local embezzlement accusations to international fraud involving transactions through multiple countries and courts from the local to the federal level. He has taken additional coursework from major universities including Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John Hopkins, and the Universiteit Leiden in The Hague, Netherlands. He has been a requested guest speaker at multiple organizations from small county programs to national and international conventions with over a hundred countries represented.  Among the organizations where he has presented as a subject matter expert are the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Legal Investigators, Florida Association of Licensed Investigators, Community Associations Institute, and Florida Association of Private Investigators.

Ted Bridis has been the Rob Hiaasen instructional assistant professor in investigative reporting at the University of Florida since August 2018, is a designated outstanding faculty member, and founder and editor of the Fresh Take Florida news service operated by the College of Journalism and Communications there. He is a board member on the Florida Society of News Editors. The Society of Professional Journalists last year named him its College Adviser of the Year. One of his students was named SPJ's College Journalist of the Year, and two others earned first- and third-places last year in the national Hearst Journalism Awards for investigative reporting, widely regarded as the collegiate Pulitzer Prizes. Prior to teaching at UF, Bridis was the top editor for 11 years over the Washington-based investigative team at The Associated Press, which was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer for public service reporting and won the 2012 Pulitzer for investigative reporting. In 2015, he was one of two AP journalists who discovered and traced Hillary Clinton's email server to her home in Chappaqua, New York. His investigative team's reporting in 2016 on illegal foreign lobbying by President Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, led to Trump firing him and the Justice Department indicting and convicting Manafort. Bridis worked as one of seven national election analysts for the AP since 2007, and his call for a Republican win in Wisconsin in 2016 led AP to be the first to declare Trump as president. Bridis was among six AP journalists whose phone records were seized in 2013 by the FBI under President Obama. Bridis saw Flight 77 crash into the Pentagon on 9/11 and was first to report the crash for the Wall Street Journal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News coverage of the terror attacks. Bridis earned his journalism degree at the University of Missouri and was raised in Miami. He has been married for 33 years to Ginger Bridis, and they have two adult children.

Vincent A. Citro, a partner and owner at Horwitz & Citro, P.A., is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly defends individuals and entities in white collar criminal cases, government investigations, and related civil litigation. Vince is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves on ACTL’s Federal Rules of Evidence and Complex Litigation Committees. He is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Florida Bar in criminal trial law. Before returning to private practice, Vince served as a federal prosecutor for almost 14 years at Main Justice in Washington, D.C., and in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Since January 2020, Vince has taught federal criminal investigations and health care fraud at Stetson University College of Law. Without objection, Vince testified as an expert witness on federal criminal law in a Florida Bar disciplinary proceeding.

Joan Murray is an Emmy winning general assignment reporter for CBS Miami, a post she has held since 2001. She has covered every major news event in south Florida during her tenure beginning with the 911 terrorist attacks and Broward connection - up to recently the MSD Parkland tragedy - the event, trial and conviction of the perpetrator including one of only four journalists allowed to see the inside of the school during a jury walk through. Before Miami she was an anchor and reporter at the Hearst Argyle station in West Palm Beach and prior to that was a Florida state house reporter in Tallahassee and reported on the legislature and big events for a statewide news service. She was born in Philadelphia, graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers College New Brunswick with dual degrees in Communications and English and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She resides with her family in Broward County.

Hank Coxe received his undergraduate degree from the University of the South (Sewanee) and his law degree from Washington and Lee University. Board certified by The Florida Bar, he specializes in serious federal and state criminal matters. He joined the Bedell Firm in 1996. Coxe has served as president of The Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bar Association and has recently served on the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Florida Supreme Court Innocence Commission. He has been recognized with the highest awards of the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Bar Foundation, and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. He is listed in Florida Super Lawyers (Top 10, Top 100 and Jacksonville Top 25), Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame, and Best Lawyers in America. His wife, Mary, is a graduate of Wellesley College and Duke University School of Law. They have three children: Katie (University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida College of Law); Matson (Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina School of Law); and Anne English (Davidson College, Columbia University School of Law).

Ron Kozlowski practices in the areas of complex criminal matters, white-collar crime, and representing clients such as doctors, lawyers, and professors with licensing, tenure, and disciplinary problems. His practice encompasses matters in both state and federal courts and also includes defending university students and faculty against charges of misconduct. Ron entered the practice of law after a first career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida, writing about the criminal legal system and government affairs. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and subsequently graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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 was an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida from 1972 to 1975 and has been a criminal defense lawyer from 1975 to the present. He is the past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002-3) and is board certified in criminal trial law.  He is an avid writer and lecturer in areas that affect the practice of criminal defense.  This marks his fiftieth year practicing criminal defense and he has no plans on slowing down.

Corinne Mixon is a registered professional lobbyist with more than fifteen years of experience representing clients’ state governmental interests.  At Rutledge Ecenia, Corinne represents a broad client base with a particular emphasis on health care practitioners, education and regulated industries and professions.  She has been instrumental in passing myriad legislation and killing or containing bills which would have negatively impacted her clients and was named “Florida’s Best Young Lobbyist” by Florida Politics. Prior to joining Rutledge Ecenia, Corinne was principal shareholder of Mixon & Associates, a lobbying firm operating since 1992 which became a part of Rutledge Ecenia in early 2017.  Corinne began her professional career as a Public Relations Account Coordinator at the Zimmerman Agency, the largest hospitality-centered communications firm in the nation.  While earning her BA from the University of Alabama’s School of Communications and Information Sciences, Corinne garnered an internship in the D.C. office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, thus igniting her interest in professional lobbying and politics. Corinne lobbies across multiple platforms: legislative, executive, and state regulatory boards.  Corinne has managed a large statewide political campaign and been hired as a crisis communication specialist while maintaining her role as a lobbyist.  She also has significant experience working in association management, having held positions as Executive Director and Executive Vice President at two large statewide associations. During her lobbying career, Corinne has delivered keynote addresses at dozens of commencements and conferences.  Corinne became the youngest-ever recipient of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor that is rarely bestowed upon a non-clinician, for her role in passing legislation. Corinne was appointed to and currently serves on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, board member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, and is a member of the Florida Education Legislative Liaisons.

Andrew Rutledge joined Rutledge Ecenia in 2021 and has almost ten years of Government Affairs experience, representing State agencies, and Florida’s largest trade association before the Legislature and Executive Branch. His areas of expertise include the environment, alcoholic beverage regulation, pari-mutuel wagering, criminal justice, and many other regulated industries in Florida. Andrew previously spent four years as the Florida Realtors Government Affairs Director for the Public Policy office. At the Florida Realtors crafted and tracked the Association’s policy and budget issues, and he coordinated its political activity. He has also served as an analyst for the Florida House of Representatives Economic Affairs Committee. Andrew was previously with the Northwest Florida Water Management District where he served as its Legislative Director. While there, Andrew oversaw environmental policy and budget issues, focusing largely on water quality, and Hurricane Michael Recovery. Andrew graduated from Florida State University.

Fred O. Davidson graduated The Florida State University FAMU/FSU College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and is a licensed E.I. through the State of Florida. Mr. Davidson has completed hundreds of hours in additional coursework in the field of vehicle investigations and accident reconstructions, including download and analysis of passenger vehicle and heavy truck Event Data Recorders (EDR) “blackboxes”. He has attended courses from Northwestern University, Texas A&M University Engineering Extension Services (TEEX), University of Tulsa Continuing Engineering and Science Education (CESE), Collision Safety institute (CSI), Texas Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (TAARS), Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC and Engineering Dynamics Corporation. Having been accredited as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, he has shown and demonstrated academic achievement, completed accident specific training and has applied experience in the field of motor vehicle crashes including, but not limited to, commercial vehicle tractor/trailers, passenger vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, non-motorist bicycles and pedestrians. More refined areas of concentration include, but are not limited to, analysis of both hydraulic (passenger cars) and pneumatic (commercial vehicles) brake systems, bulb filament analysis, night-time reenactment, visibility issues, traffic signal timing sequence, crush analysis, roadway coefficient of friction testing and video analysis. Trained in proper techniques and procedures to collect, preserve and to have tested, vehicle fluids including fuel, oil, brake and transmission fluids for foreign debris regarding assertions involving vandalism and catastrophic damage. Mr. Davidson has spent much of his career focusing on imaging and downloading both passenger vehicle Airbag Control Modules (ACM) “blackbox” and commercial vehicle engine Electronic Control Modules (ECM). A formerly licensed United States Coast Guard boat captain and a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI), Mr. Davidson has experience, education and training in the areas of navigation, rules of the road, boating safety and investigation and reconstruction of boating accidents. Mr. Davidson has investigated marine accidents and safety evaluations, damage collision consistency evaluation, marine vessel accelerations, safe navigation of marine waterways and marine vessel collisions with both moving and stationary objects along with cause and origin of boat sinking’s. Mr. Davidson has provided legal testimony in marine vessel accidents. During the course of his career, he has investigated thousands of crashes, appeared in dozens of depositions and trials and been qualified as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist. Mr. Davidson has the experience of having been challenged in courts and contributed to successfully defending motions filed against him as an expert witness, such as, Daubert. He has been qualified through the Department of Insurance to provide continuing education courses to both the insurance and legal fields.

Judge Nicole P. Menz – Began her legal career working as an Assistant State Attorney on March 1, 1995.  She spent nearly 9 years as a prosecutor before opening the law office of Menz & Battista, P.L..   While in private practice Judge Menz handled criminal defense, family and civil cases.  Judge Menz is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.  Judge Menz was elected Indian River County Court Judge in November of 2018 and took the bench in January of 2019.  As a County Court Judge, Judge Menz hears ½ of all county criminal and ½ of all county civil cases.  In addition to her required assignment, Judge Menz also presides over Veterans Treatment Court and Mental Health Court.  

Judge Shannon McFee- Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Shannon McFee to the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit on December 19, 2019. Judge McFee took the Bench on February 3, 2020. Judge McFee has been a resident of Collier County since 1976. Judge McFee attended grade school at Golden Gate Elementary, Poinciana Elementary, Gulfview Middle School and St. Ann's School in Naples. A graduate of Saint John Neumann High School in Golden Gate, Judge McFee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida in May 1990. In December 1992, Judge McFee graduated from the Florida State University College of Law and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. During his first fourteen (14) months as a lawyer, Judge McFee served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in Collier County. From March 1994 through his taking the Bench in February, 2020, Judge McFee focused his entire practice of law on criminal and juvenile defense. For many of those years, Judge McFee worked alongside his law partners, Jerry Berry, Donald Day and Janeice Martin. During his legal career, Judge McFee served multiple terms on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, was a member of the Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee, and was a multi-term President of the Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In his spare time away from the practice of law, Judge McFee was the Head Coach of the boys' (1993-1996) and girls' (2003-2015) basketball teams at his alma mater, St. John Neumann High School. Additionally Judge McFee continues to officiate high school football and basketball. Judge McFee is married and has raised four daughters here in Collier County.

Judge David Oberliesen is a Circuit Court Judge in the First Judicial Circuit.  He was appointed in 2021 and currently handles juvenile, probate, guardianship, and family law cases. Judge Oberliesen graduated from the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida in 2003 and attended undergraduate at Central Michigan University.  Before taking the bench, he spent most of his career in criminal law, while also handling family law cases and domestic violence injunctions.  He serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section and the Early Childhood Court Steering Committee for the First Judicial Circuit.

Judge Monique Richardson was elected a Leon County Judge in August 2018.  Prior to her election, she practiced law for more than 18 years and dedicated the majority of her legal career to representing low-income clients and providing legal representation to clients who otherwise would not have had such access.  She served as a managing attorney for Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (LSNF) for eight years.  In addition to her managerial duties, she maintained a large caseload representing seniors in housing, consumer and probate matters, representing victims of domestic and sexual violence in family law cases, and conducting outreach at local senior centers, senior housing facilities, Refuge House and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.  She was regularly appointed by the Court to represent disabled adults in guardianships and abused or neglected adults in Adult Protective Services cases. Judge Richardson gained experience in the State Attorney’s Office (Second Circuit) and the Office of the Public Defender (Sixth Circuit).  She has served on the Florida Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and served as Chair of one of its subcommittees.  She was also a solo practitioner, representing clients in criminal, family, and wrongful death cases.  As an attorney, she also served as Chair of the Gadsden County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force and volunteered with the North Florida Veterans Stand Down and the Tallahassee Veterans’ Legal Collaborative.  She was part of the team that developed the Tallahassee Veterans’ Legal Collaborative.  She has also made presentations for the A.M.E. Church, Grandparents as Parents, Black Women's Agenda, Elder Abuse and Fraud Prevention Summit, and the Florida Department of Corrections Re-entry program. Judge Richardson matriculated through the Leon County public school system and received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University.  During her freshman through junior years in college, she worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Pineview Elementary School on Tallahassee’s Southside.  She went on to graduate with her law degree from the University of Florida. Beyond her busy work schedule, Judge Richardson loves to travel.  Her travels outside of the United States have taken her to 15 countries; and she has also made five trips to Alaska.  Other than traveling, she enjoys playing piano and watching classic movies, primarily Alfred Hitchcock movies.  She has been a foster caregiver to several kittens sheltered at the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center. Judge Richardson is currently assigned 20% of all county criminal and civil matters, as well as monthly protective injunction dockets.  She has been appointed Chair of the Second Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee, which established a county-wide Pro Bono Clinic in 2022 under her leadership.

Judge Michael J. Snure was appointed to the Circuit Bench and began working in that capacity on November 15, 2021. He is currently assigned to the Family Law Division in Osceola County, part of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He practiced criminal defense law for 39 years before his appointment to the bench. He is a past president of FACDL and remains certified in Criminal Trial Law.

Jude Faccidomo is a former Assistant Public Defender with the Miami Dade Public Defender's office and has extensive trial experience handling cases stemming from DUI to 1st degree murder. While at the Public Defender’s Office, Jude was recruited to join the firm of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. where he spent five years handling high profile and complex criminal litigation. In 2013, Jude and Mycki Ratzan partnered to create Ratzan & Faccidomo- a boutique law firm that quickly became one of the most prominent criminal defense law firms in the tri-county area of South Florida. In May of 2012 Jude was elected President of the Miami chapter of FACDL, at the time making him that organization’s youngest president in its history. Jude is a past chair of the Dade County Bar Association’s Criminal Court Committee and currently serves as co-chair of the Miami Dade Jury Trial Task force where he works with the circuit’s Chief judge to facilitate jury trials amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. Jude is the immediate past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for the State Florida, which is the largest voluntary criminal defense organization in Florida. In addition to his involvement in Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Jude is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation. Jude is past vice chair of the FLORIDA BAR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE RULES COMMITTEE, and currently serves on the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration. Jude is also the past Chair the Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11-H and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors for St. Thomas University School of Law. Jude has been invited to guest lecture on topics pertaining to criminal defense at Florida Bar’s Advance Federal Practice, the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, the Miami Dade Metropolitan Police Institute as well as St. Thomas University School of Law. Additionally, Jude is routinely asked by local and national news media to discuss high profile criminal defense cases. Jude has been consistently named to the Superlawyers, Florida Legal Elite, Best Lawyers, and Florida Legal Trend. Jude is a two-time recipient of the FACDL President’s Award for personifying the spirit of the criminal defense lawyer and is the recipient of the Miami Bar Association’s Sookie Williams Outstanding Community Service Award. Jude has also been awarded the Gideon’s Hammer award for outstanding service in the field of Criminal Defense as well as the Gregg Wenzel Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. When not defending the rights of the accused, Jude is with his beautiful and brilliant wife, shuttling their three kids to and from some sort of practice or activity.

Judge 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.  In 2013, Judge Hirsch 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 2016, he received the Dade County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Award; in 2017 the Miami Jewish Legal Society conferred the Shofet Tzedek (“righteous judge”) award upon him; and in 2018 he received the Jay and Marilyn Weinberg Rule of Law Award at the annual Project Nuremberg event sponsored by the South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Lynn University, and Temple Beth El. 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 has written numerous law review articles and three novels: The Shadow of Justice, (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); Laredo Slider; and The Wheel of Justice.


Refund Policy

Refund less a $35.00 administrative fee will be made for cancellation received in writing (or email to facdl@facdl.org) by 4:00pm ET, May 15, 2023 Registering after receiving a refund would be at rate available not initial registration fee if less.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER 4:00pm ET, May 15, 2023- transfer to recorded seminar available.

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

Unable to Attend?

Course Materials/Audio Recording Rate:  Includes handling, delivery via DropBox, audio recordings EXCEPT FOR Arthur Alphin and Hon. Milton Hirsch (not all speakers are recorded), digital materials, and information for posting CLE credits online(not all CLE hours approved for this type of purchase)


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

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


Purchase Order Policy for Government, Public Defender and Regional Conflict Counsel Offices

In order to make the registration of government attorneys and investigators more defined, efficient, and equally applied, FACDL implements the following policy for Government agencies wishing to register their employees (attorneys or investigators) for a FACDL seminar:

  • Government agencies may purchase registrations to any FACDL seminar by emailing FACDL a Purchase Order listing the name and email address of each attendee.
  • Purchase Orders must be received by FACDL no later than the online registration cut-off date for the particular seminar.
  • Attendee names listed on a Purchase Order may only be replaced by another name before the online registration cut-off date. Substitutions will not be allowed after the online registration cut-off date.
  • Onsite registration is available for any government attorney or investigator with direct payment at the time of registration, but not by Purchase Order.
  • Refund fees will apply to names removed and not replaced from a Purchase Order before the refund cut-off date.
  • The no refund policy and cut-off date will apply to individual attorneys as well as to those registered through a Purchase Order.  Full payment on a Purchase Order will be expected after the refund cut-off date regardless of ability to attend.  After the refund cut-off date, those registered that are unable to attend, will be afforded the materials only registration (including the recording) if such option is available at no extra cost.