The Hillsborough County Bar Association is looking to the future with the 18th Annual Bench Bar Conference & Judicial Reception. This year’s theme, "The Future is Now: Law Meets Technology," centers on the technological advancements that have affected the courts and the field of law. The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, with a Membership Luncheon at noon and a Judicial Reception starting at 5:30 p.m.
All sessions will touch on the technology theme. To register, go to hillsbar.com. Here is an outline of the day's agenda:
There will be a plenary session titled "Ethics Breakfast: Navigating Ethical Entanglements." The objective of this session will be to educate courtroom litigators about potential issues that may result in disciplinary proceedings by The Florida Bar. Ethical and professional conduct will be emphasized as it relates to possible sanctions and disbarment proceedings. The speaker for this session will be Caroline Johnson Levine.
There will be three sections for attendees to choose from. One of the sessions is titled "JAWS vs. E-filing and a Perspective from the Judiciary." The objective of this session will be to provide information on the court’s E-filing system versus JAWS and an overview of judicial preferences and perspectives through a question-and-answer/open panel discussion. The speakers for this session will be Doug Bakke, Tonya Grimes, David Nickels, Linda Williamson.
There will be three more sessions for attendees to chose from. The "Weapons of Mass Discovery: Hot Topics in E-Discovery Law and Litigation" session will cover topics such as proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure, litigation holds and preservation, discovery on discovery, and social media evidence. Mac R. McCoy will be the speaker for this session.
The session titled "Kids Are the Future: Help Wanted; Advocates Needed" will cover topics on the history of attorneys ad litem in Hillsborough County, Guardian ad litem advocacy for children, the need for pro bono attorneys to advocate for children, and technology for children in foster care. The speakers for this section will be Judge Ralph C. Stoddard, Rosemary E. Armstrong, Elizabeth L. Hapner, Liza Ricci, and Robin L. Rosenberg.
The final set of breakout sessions will be four "View Towards the Bench" sessions for attendees to choose from:
The "View Towards the Bench - Civil" session will be moderated by Judges Herbert M. Berkowitz, William P. Levens, and Bernard C. Silver.
The "View Towards the Bench - Unified Family" session will be moderated by Judges Catherine M. Catlin, Ashley B. Moody, Nick Nazaretian, and Emily A. Peacock.
The "View Towards the Bench - Criminal" session will be moderated by the Judges Lisa D. Campbell, Kimberly K. Fernandez, Lawrence M. Lefler, and Christopher C. Sabella.
The "View Towards the Bench - Federal" session will be moderated by Judges Caryl E. Delano, Richard A. Lazzara, and Anthony Porcelli
The plenary session "Social Media and Electronic Information: Sources and Evidentiary Foundation" will explore the increased use of social media information in civil and criminal cases, as well as the evidentiary foundations for admission of this evidence. The speakers for this session are Todd Foster, Tom Palermo, and David A. Thomas.
From 4 to 5 p.m.:
Professor Charles W. Ehrhardt will discuss "Evolving Evidentiary Issues." He will cover the implications of Daubert, admissibility and inadmissibility of expert testimony, admissibility of basis of opinion testimony, and issues in motion practice.
From 5 to 7:30 p.m.:
The conference will conclude with a special presentation for retiring judges from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and the Judicial Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We look forward to an insightful and fun conference with all of our HCBA members. Don't forget to register for the Bench Bar online. We hope to see you all there!