FACDL 33rd Annual Meeting June 11-13, 2020

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COVID-19 Update: The health and welfare of our conference attendees is a priority for FACDL. We are proceeding with this event as planned, however, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. For resources to educate you on further on the status of this pandemic, we recommend you stay current on any information from your local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

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.   
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REGISTRATION (Registration must include full payment or purchase order submission)
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open until May 25th

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Join us at JW Marriott in Marco Island, Florida on June 11-13, 2020 to honor FACDL's outgoing President Hal Schuhmacher and incoming President Mitch Stone. Network with colleagues while obtaining CLE credits.  

Meeting Registration Rates prior to May 25, 2020:

FACDL Members .......$450 Earlybird | $500.00 on/after 4/1/20

Public Defenders ..... $330 Earlybird | $380.00 on/after 4/1/20

Non-Members .......... $550 Earlybird | $610.00 on/after 4/1/20

Seminar Registration Fee:  Includes seminar sessions with applicable reference materials & CLE information; Welcome Reception; Saturday afternoon social/entertainment; one Saturday Banquet ticket; and, two continental breakfasts. This does not include access for spouse/guest.  Registrant's children 18 or younger may attend Welcome Reception and Saturday afternoon social for free.

Additional registration options: 

Social Event Only Registration Rates: ( No earlybird rates available)

Non-registered FACDL Members or spouse/guest of a registered member..... $226.00 | per person (includes welcome reception, Friday social/entertainment & one Saturday night banquet ticket)

Spouse/Guest Banquet Only......................... $115.00 | Banquet ticket ( Saturday banquet only does not include other social activities)

Saturday Night Kids' Party ...................................... $65.00 | per child  (Limited to the first 35 to sign up.  Child must be fully potty trained and no older than 12.)



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: JW Marriott, Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145.  (239)394-2511

Hotel 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 emailed passkey link to reserve your room. HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN 6:00 p.m. EST, MAY 11, 2020  TO GET FACDL RATES.  RESERVE EARLY TO GET A ROOM AT THESE EXCELLENT RATE AS OUR ROOM BLOCK MAY FILL UP FAST AND BEFORE MAY 11TH!

FACDL has reserved a block of hotel rooms for people who have registered and paid to attend the seminar and/or the social only events. These rooms are for attendees ONLY.  All others will be be subject to the hotel's standard room rates.

  • Please note there are a LIMITED number of suites available at the FACDL group rate.  CONTACT FACDL IF YOU CANNOT RESERVE ONE OF THE LIMITED SUITES.  In order to accommodate each attendee we ask that hotel reservations be limited per family to one Suite and one Run of Resort Guest Room OR two+ Run of  Resort Guest Rooms.

In summary, if you have not registered or paid for attending either the seminar and/or social only for the 33rd Annual Meeting, the FACDL group code will not be validated for your hotel room reservation. This means you will pay regular hotel 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, hotel fees, gratuities or valet parking):

Standard $186.00++

Suite $409.00++

Reduced Resort fee $20 plus tax per day; waived daily service charge; 50% off self-parking daily fees.

Seminar Schedule



Friday, June 12, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Seminar Registration/ Gear Shop Open, Exhibits & Breakfast Buffet (for Seminar Registrations)

8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.               Welcome (for Seminar Registrations) Mitchell A. Stone, FACDL President Elect   

8:25 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.               Legislative Update (for Seminar Registrations) Luke Newman, FACDL Secretary and Jorge Chamizo, FACDL Lobbyist    

8:45 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.               Supreme Court Case Law Update (for Seminar Registrations) Hon. Milt Hirsch

9:35 a.m.-10:30 a.m.               Innocence Project:  Seeking Justice (for Seminar Registrations) Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Shelley  Thibodeau, Director CIU SAO 4th Judicial Cir. & Seth Miller, Exec. Dir. Innocence Project Florida

10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.             Networking Break (coffee & tea for Seminar Registrations)                                            

10:45 a.m.-11:35 a.m.             Lawyers as Targets of Criminal Prosecution, Panel Discussion (for Seminar Registrations) Brian Tannebaum, FACDL  Past President & Kelly Mathis, Esq.

11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m.             From Defendant to Defense Lawyer: Overcoming a Wrongful Conviction (for Seminar Registrations) Jarrett Adams,  Esq. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Seminar Registration/Gear Shop Open, Exhibits & Breakfast Buffet (for Seminar Registrations) 

8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.               Welcome (for Seminar Registrations) Mitchell A. Stone, FACDL President Elect  

8:25 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.               Advances in Stand Your Ground Defenses (for Seminar Registrations) Denis deVlaming, FACDL Past President  

9:15 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.             Effective Computer Forensics in Child Pornography Cases (for Seminar Registrations) Tami Loehrs, CCFE, CHFI, EnCE, ACE  and Michele Bush CCE, CCFE, CMFE, EnCE, ACE

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Bloody Mary/Mimosa Cash Bar                   

10:05 a.m.- 10:20 a.m.            Networking Break (coffee & tea for Seminar Registrations)  

10:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.           Defending High Profile Cases: The Trial Lawyer for El Chapo and John Gotti Jr shares his Experiences (for Seminar  Registrations) Jeffrey Lichtman, Esq. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.           Election of Officers and Marsy’s Law Update (During Vote Count) Richard Greenberg, FACDL Immediate Past President

About the Speakers 

Jarrett Adams:  In 1998 Mr. Adams was falsely accused and ultimately wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit.  The Wisconsin Innocence Project filed a federal habeas petition on Mr. Adams’s behalf which was unanimously granted by a Seventh Circuit panel in 2006.  All charges against were dropped and Mr. Adams was released in 2007.  Subsequently, Mr. Adams pursued a law degree and subsequently clerked for the same Seventh Circuit that overturned his conviction.  Now Mr. Adams has his own law firm specializing in criminal defense and civil rights matters.

Michele Bush:  Ms. Bush is a partner at Loehrs Forensics.  Since 2012, she’s been conducting forensic examinations at state and federal facilities nationwide, building on her previous experience of in-house computer forensics examinations including evidence acquisition, forensic analysis and report preparation. Bush holds industry-recognized certifications including Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE), Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner (CMFE), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE), and is a Licensed Private Investigator in the State of Arizona.

Jorge Chamizo:  Mr. Chamizo has provided lobbying services for FACDL for many years.  As an attorney and governmental consultant, Jorge Chamizo, has over 20 years of experience.  He is also the proud father of twins.

Denis deVlaming: Mr. deVlaming is the past president of the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1987), the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association (1991) and the Clearwater Bar Association (1994-1995).  He also served as Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Clearwater Bar.  He was elected statewide President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002-2003) and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In 2001 he was named senior counsel in The College of Master Advocates And Barristers and in 2010 he was inducted in to the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is Board Certified in criminal law (1988-present) and has been approved by the Florida Bar to give Continuing Legal Education seminars on every aspect of the criminal trial.  For over twenty-five years he has been asked to lecture at the Board Certification Seminar for criminal trial law.

Richard Greenberg:  Mr. Greenberg, a partner with Rumberger Kirk in Tallahassee, concentrates his practice in the areas of professional responsibility, professional licensure defense, and criminal defense. Richard has an extensive background in criminal defense, representing clients in matters ranging from traffic offenses and DUI to felonies punishable by life in prison. Richard represents clients in both state and federal courts in Florida and Georgia. Richard is actively involved in many legal organizations. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers, and served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar (1994-2003) (2008-14). He is the immediate past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), is the treasurer for the Tallahassee chapter of FACDL, and is president of the Tallahassee chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Hon. Milton Hirsch:  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.  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 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.  Judge Hirsch sends his “Constitutional Calendar” emails to thousands of recipients every month.  (Do you receive the "Constitutional Calendar" emails?  If not, go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/Milt-Hirsch-constitutionl-calendar/join and sign up for them!)

Gilbert King:  Mr. King is the author of Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found, published by Riverhead Books in April, 2018.  His previous book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book was also runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction, and a finalist for both the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. King has written about race and criminal justice for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic. He is also a contributor to The Marshall Project, and the author of The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South, published in 2008.  King has been named a 2019-2020 Cullman Center Fellow by The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jeffrey Lichtman:  Mr. Lichtman was the trial lawyer for El Chapo and John Gotti Jr.  He has been a criminal defense attorney for over 28 years, practicing primarily in the federal and state courts of New York. Beyond New York, Mr. Lichtman handles federal cases, appeals and investigations throughout the country, recently in Alabama, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. His clients include those charged with white collar and non-white collar offenses, such as RICO violations, narcotics offenses, money laundering, securities fraud, health care fraud, tax evasion and murder and murder conspiracy.

Tami Loehrs:  Ms. Loehrs is the founder of Loehrs Forensics.  She is a digital forensics expert who has more than 30 years of legal and computer experience, as well as thousands of hours of computer forensics training. Today, Loehrs’ professional computer forensics training spans nearly every aspect of the industry. She holds numerous industry certifications including EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE), Certified Computer Forensic Examiner (CCFE) and Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI). In addition, Loehrs holds a Private Investigator Agency License in the State of Arizona, which requires a minimum of 6,000 hours of investigative experience.  Loehrs has been hired as a digital forensics expert on over 1,000 cases and testified over 125 times in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States and internationally.

Kelly Mathis:  Mr. Mathis faced an attorney’s worst nightmare- being accused of criminal conduct when only providing legal advice to a client.  Mr. Mathis was accused of being the “mastermind” behind a $300 million racketeering and money laundering scheme that involved internet cafes where people were illegally gambling.  His conviction was eventually overturned and then the Supreme Court decided to back-date his re-instatement to the Florida Bar, as if he was never suspended in the first place. Mr. Mathis is past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association and practices in the areas of business litigation, insurance law, personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, civil trial law, and business law.

Seth Miller: Mr. Miller is the Executive Director for Innocence Project Florida.  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 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. 

Luke Newman:  Mr. Newman practices criminal defense in Tallahassee, Florida.  In 2010 he obtained Florida Bar board certification as a specialist in criminal appeals.  He has served two terms as the chair of the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Board Certification Committee.  He has served on FACDL’s state-wide board since 2010 as a chapter representative, then Director at Large.  Newman currently serves as both the Legislative Chair and FACDL Secretary.  He is the recipient of FACDL’s 2018 President’s Award and FACDL’s 2016 Appreciation Award for work on the Jury Instructions and Rules committee (along with co-chair William Ponall).    

Brian Tannebaum:  Mr. Tannebaum represents law firms as well as future, current, and former lawyers and legal professionals in matters before the Florida Bar and Board of Bar Examiners and in civil and criminal courts.  Specific ethics matters include Bar Admission Hearings, Grievance Defense from the initial complaint to argument before the Florida Supreme Court, Reinstatement and Readmission matters, Sanctions Hearings, Legal Malpractice Defense, partnership disputes and dissolutions as well as ethics opinions. He has been counsel in over 50 Florida Bar matters at The Florida Supreme Court level and has been appointed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida as a Special Master.  Tannebaum is past president of FACDL and is nearing completion of a two-year term as Innocence Project Florida Board of Directors Chair.

Shelley Thibodeau: Ms. Thibodeau joined the Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in January of 2018 as the Director of the newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. Prior to joining the State Attorney’s Office, Shelley was in private practice, primarily representing criminal defendants in State and Federal Court, and at the appellate level, for over 20 years.  Shelley is a member of the Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  While in private practice Shelley was a certified Family Law Mediator, member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Northeast Chapter of FACDL, the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court, and the American Inn of Court.

Social Schedule

Thursday, June 11, 2020 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.              Welcome Cocktail Party with Special Legislative Guests Full/cash bar & light hors d'oeuvres. (for Seminar and Social Registrations) Barrier Islands Terrace & Hospitality Suite, 5th floor of the Lanai Tower.

Friday, June 12, 2020

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.              FACDL Golf (Contact Beth at robertfisher@cfl.rr.com); FACDL Tennis (Contact Michael Ufferman at ufferman@uffermanlaw.com); and resort activities https://bit.ly/2vuTs6uCosts not included in registration so consult contacts for fees.

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              Dinner on your own.  Consider family fun and games with dinner at 10K Alley https://bit.ly/32MzvUS

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.            Meet FACDL friends to enjoy the resort’s celebration of sunset from Quinn’s Beach Bar https://bit.ly/2TAueeJ

Saturday, June 13, 2020

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.           Election of Officers Coconut & Royal Ballrooms

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              FACDL Beach Party (Family fun with games, snacks and beverages) (for Seminar and Social Registrations) On the beach.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              FACDL Shooting opportunity with Ernie at Gulf Coast Clays, 12425 Union Road, Naples, FL 34114, Phone number (239)642-8999.  Contact Ernie Chang, 321-480-7969 or erniechang@brevardlawfirm.com. Costs not included in registration so consult contacts for fees.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.              FACDL Pre-Banquet cocktails (for Seminar, Social & Banquet Registrations) Cash Bar & light hors d'oeuvres.  Palms Ballroom Foyer/Terrace

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.              FACDL Kid’s Party with games and meal (Must be completely potty trained, no older than 12, pre-registered and pre-payed no later than June 1, 2020) Location TBD.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.              FACDL Awards and Installation of Officers Banquet (for Seminar, Social & Banquet Registrations) Full plated dinner & cash bar (for Seminar, Social & Banquet Registrations) Palms Ballroom

Refund Policy

Tuition refund less a $35.00 administrative fee will be made for cancellation received in writing (or email to facdl@facdl.org) by 4:00pm EST, May 3, 2019.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER THIS TIME.

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

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