2017 FACDL Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar

Original Seminar Dates: April 20-21, 2017 at the Tampa Marriott Westshore Hotel
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Room Reservation DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 5, 2017. After this date, rooms are on a space available basis.


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FACDL Members .......$295

Non-Members .......... $350

Public Defenders & Gov Employees ..... $195

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 14, 2017. If you have not registered before this date but plan to attend, you will still have the opportunity to register on-site.

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Tuition refund less a $25.00 administrative fee will be made for cancellation received in writing by April 9 2017. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER THIS TIME.

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.............Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.............Welcome and Opening Remarks - Nicole P. Menz & D. Gray Thomas

8:45 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.............Federal Procedure - Mary Mills

9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.............Evidence-State & Federal - Professor Spottswood

10:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m............Networking Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.............Federal Sentencing-Part 1 - James Skuthan

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m............Lunch on your own - Consult the FACDL App for dining options

12:45 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.............Federal Sentencing-Part 2 - James Skuthan

1:35 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.............Federal Criminal Appeals - Rosemary Cakmis

2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m............Networking Break

2:45 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.............State Criminal Appeals - Valarie Linnen

3:35 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.............Florida Case Law Update - Denis DeVlaming

4:35 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.............Testing Tips - Luke Newman

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.............Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.............Opening Remarks - Nicole P. Menz & D. Gray Thomas

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.............Florida Sentencing - Judge Richard Hersch

9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.............The Fourth Amendment - Professor Howard K. Blumberg

10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.............Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.............Ethics - Richard Greenberg

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m............Lunch on your own - Consult the FACDL App for dining options

12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.............The Fifth & Sixth Amendment - Judge Jenifer Harris & Judge Patrick N. Harris (retired)

1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.............Florida Law Update - Peter Mills

2:50 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.............Closing Thanks!


About the Speakers

Mary A. Mills is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Middle District of Florida.  After serving as an appellate law clerk for Judge Flanigan in Missouri, her career focused on litigation and appeals in state and federal courts.   Ms. Mills developed and supervises the Federal Defender Intern Program for the Middle District of Florida.  She is as an adjunct professor at Stetson University School of Law and participates as a team member in the USMDC Re-entry Program.


Mark Spottswood is an Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Law.  Through his research, he searches for ways to make civil and criminal litigation more accurate, more acceptable and more cost-effective through reforms to the rules of procedure and evidence.  He has published papers in leading law reviews and peer reviewed journals, and has presented his research by invitation at conferences and workshops around the world.  Some of his representative recent papers have addressed topics such as the ways that juries use and misuse probabilistic reasoning, the effect of proof ordering on trial outcomes, and the role that emotions play in unconsciously influencing jurors as they deliberate towards verdicts.  He teaches Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Scientific Evidence.


Rosemary Cakmis is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, currently specializing in appellate practice.  She is board certified by The Florida Bar in the field of Criminal Appellate Law.  She has also worked in the trial division of the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Jacksonville, handled criminal and civil cases in private practice, and clerked for the Honorable Harvey Schlesinger and the Honorable Howard T. Snyder.  Ms. Cakmis is the National Delegate for the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Chairperson for the Federal Judicial Relations Committee, the Secretary for the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Liaison Bar Member of the Steering Committee for the Case Management/Electronic Case File Project of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  She also serves on the Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee for The Florida Bar, and the Middle District of Florida Grievance Committee in Orlando.  She lectures on Eleventh Circuit case law and appellate procedure, and co-authors an annual article on Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Mercer Law Review.  Ms. Cakmis earned her Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees with honors form the University of Florida.


Valarie Linnen practices law in the areas of criminal, civil, and administrative appeals at both the state and federal level.  She graduated summa cum laude from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She later graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she was President of the Moot Court Honor Board.  Valarie received the 2010 Pro Bono Award from Jacksonville Area Legal Aid for her "dedication and commitment to improving the lives of te poor and creating access to justice." She has also been recognized for pro bono service by the Florida Supreme Court.


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.


Luke Newman:  Board certified in criminal appeals since 2011, Luke Newman practices criminal defense in Tallahassee, Florida.  Luke has been a member of the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Certification Committee since 2014 and, this year, is the Chair of that Committee.  Luke is also a FACDL Director at Large having been elected to that position by his peers at the organization’s statewide meeting in June of 2016.  Luke graduated from the University of Texas in 2001 and from Florida State University College of Law, cum laude, in 2004. 


Richard Greenberg concentrates his practice in the areas of professional responsibility, professional licensure defense, and criminal defense. For nearly 30 years, Richard has focused his practice on representing attorneys in grievance matters before The Florida Bar and representing Florida Bar applicants in proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Richard also provides letters of advice on legal ethics issues and serves as an expert witness on legal ethics. In addition to representing attorneys and Florida Bar applicants, Richard represents professionals in licensure matters before state regulatory bodies.

Richard has an extensive background in criminal defense, representing clients in matters ranging from traffic offenses and DUI to serious felony offenses punishable by life in prison. He represents clients in both state and federal courts in the State of Florida and in the State of Georgia. Richard has personally tried over 150 jury trials to verdict. Richard also has extensive experience representing individuals seeking clemency through the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.

Prior to joining Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, Richard served as an assistant public defender in Tampa, Florida from 1984-87 and as an assistant staff counsel for The Florida Bar in its Tampa office from 1987-89. After leaving The Florida Bar and returning to his hometown of Tallahassee, Richard had a successful career as a sole practitioner for sixteen years. He also served as the first Traffic Court Hearing Officer in Leon County, Florida from 2002 -2005.

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 from 1994-2003 and again from 2008-2014. He is currently the vice president of the statewide Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“FACDL”) and is the treasurer for the Tallahassee chapter of FACDL. He formerly served as president of the Tallahassee chapter.


Jenifer Harris presides as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit (Orlando) Florida. She has served in the mostly in the Criminal Division but she has also sat in Probate, Domestic, and Juvenile.

Judge Harris is on faculty with the National Judicial College teaching a variety of courses to judges throughout the United States. Her courses have included Case Management, Trial Skills, Advanced Evidence, Handling Capital Cases, and Bench Skills for new Judges.  She serves on the Education Committee for the Florida Judicial Conference and has been the Criminal Track Lead for the past three years. In addition, she regularly lectures for the state-wide conferences on a variety of topics including technology, evidence, legal updates, and handling Defendant’s Statements.


Jenifer Harris is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University School of Law teaching constitutional criminal procedure, courtroom criminal procedure, criminal law, and adoption law. She has previously taught as an adjunct for the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and University of North Florida.

Prior to being a judge, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Orlando and Gainesville. During her time as a Criminal Defense Attorney, she tried cases at all levels and became Board Certified in Criminal Trials, mistakenly letting it lapse during her judicial tenure.

She graduated from University of Florida: B.A. (1987); J.D. with honors (1990), and M.A. Sociology/Criminology (1999). She has previously served on the Criminal Rules and the Evidence Committee of the Florida Bar.

She co-authors Florida Criminal Practice and Procedure, Third Edition, Lexis, (2013) focusing her attention on issues involving the Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and Sixth Amendment.


Peter N. Mills is an Assistant Public Defender in the 10th Judicial Circuit, Bartow, and has worked in the capital trial unit.  For a time, he handled civil litigation issues with Howell & Thornhill in Winter Haven.  Prior to his work with the Office of the Public Defender, he worked at the Office of the Capital Collateral Representative (CCR), where he was involved in death penalty postconviction litigation.  Pete may be reached at 863-534-4242 or MILLS_P@pd10.state.fl.us


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