Coke Inn of Court co-sponsored event on Effective Appellate Advocacy: Views from the Bench and the Bar

Our Inn is co-sponsoring a program on appellate advocacy with the Institute of Judicial Administration on April 13, featuring an impressive cast of panelists (including several of our own members).  I’m passing along details about the program below, and am told that clicking through the “Register Now” link will allow you to receive a 50% discount on registration.  If you have any questions, you can contact one of our Programs Co-Chairs, Erin Murphy and Kelsi Brown Corkran.

Notice of Appellate Positions

The Florida Solicitor General’s Office is currently considering applications for the positions of Deputy Solicitor General and Chief Deputy Solicitor General. The Solicitor General represents the State of Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court, presides over civil appeals to which the state is a party, provides legal advice and policy guidance to the Attorney General and her senior leadership, and coordinates the State’s amicus practice as well as its involvement in multistate litigation. The Chief Deputy and five Deputy Solicitors General assist the Solicitor General with all aspects of the work of the Office. Accordingly, they regularly brief and argue cases of exceptional public importance, including constitutional challenges to significant state statutes. Both positions afford a rare opportunity to litigate high-profile cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, interact with the State’s leading lawyers and policymakers, and collaborate with top appellate attorneys serving in other states and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Announcements: New Members, New Website, Tentative Meeting Dates

New Members

We are welcoming 19 new members to the Inn, whom I’ve listed below and whom you will also be able to identify by the red dots on their nametags.  If you get a chance, please introduce yourself.

Amir Ali

Julie Ciamporcero Avetta

Jeffrey S. Beelaert

Ishan K. Bhabha

Jonathan C. Bond

Mel Bostwick

H. Thomas Byron III

Jennifer J. Clark

Elana Nightingale Dawson

Ross B. Goldman

Morgan L. Goodspeed

Michael Lieberman

Jonathan Marcus

Sean Marotta

C. Harker Rhodes IV

Jeffrey E. Sandberg

Jaime A. Santos

Elisabeth S. Theodore

Patrick J. Urda

New Website (and announcement about Inn dues)

Today is also the unveiling of our newly redesigned website, which you can access at https://www.edwardcokeinn.org/.  Sy Damle, the Inn’s Technology Chair, is responsible for the truly impressive new look and new functionality, and we encourage you to explore its offerings.  Perhaps most important among those new functions is the fact that you are now able to pay your dues online—and should do so now for the new term.  If you have questions, they can be directed to Inn Treasurer Joe Palmore atjpalmore@mofo.com.

Tentative Meeting Dates for the Remainder of the Term

Finally, the Executive Board has tentatively set the following dates for the remainder of our meetings for the term. 

November 13

January 17

February 22

April 11

June 5

American Inns of Court National Advocacy Training Program

Introduced last year, the American Inns of Court National Advocacy Training Program received tremendous positive feedback. We are pleased to offer it again this year in two locations—Chicago and Tampa. Led by highly-skilled British trainers, the program is designed to offer personalized, real-time feedback. The small group and mock trial format provides an experience that will boost participants' oral advocacy skills. Up to 16 CLE credits may be available.

I am reaching out to ask you to share this information with early to mid-career lawyers at your Inn or at your place of work who might benefit from this two-and-a-half-day program designed to help newer attorneys develop their oral advocacy skills. There are only three weeks left to register for this one of a kind training.