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2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

July 12 — 13, 2024
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Please join the Florida Young Lawyers Chapter for our 4th annual Young Lawyers Summit! This event will provide an opportunity for lawyers 40 and under from across the state to gather and learn more about substantive legal issues.

Friday, July 12 - Saturday, July 13, 2024

 

CONFERENCE PRICING

Register by June 12 to receive an early bird discount on the prices below!

Young Member (Graduated between 2014 - 2024): $125
Current Student: $75
Member (Graduated prior to 2014): $200
Non-Member: $300

Dietary restrictions or allergies? Please notify [email protected]

 

CLE

5.0 Hours of General CLE credit in Florida are available. The CLE code will be provided at the event.

 

SPONSORSHIPS

If you are interested in sponsoring the Federalist Society's activity in Florida, please reach out to Abbie Kepto at [email protected].

  

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Rooms can be reserved at The Biltmore with the FedSoc room block rate of $239 per night. Use group code 10732 to unlock the rate.

Click HERE to reserve a room online. To reserve over the phone, call 855-311-6903 between 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and refer to Group Booking ID #10732.

The hotel cutoff date is Tuesday, June 4. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis and will likely sell out.

 

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

The deadline to receive a refund is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2024. No refunds will be given after the deadline has passed.

 

SPONSORSHIPS

The Federalist Society is grateful to the sponsors of our activity in Florida.
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please reach out to Abbie Kepto at [email protected]

 

       

       

    

Gunster • Heise Suarez Melville, P.A. • Holland & Knight
Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC
Robert Allen Law • Sasso & Sasso, P.A.

The Young Lawyers Summit is geared toward lawyers who graduated between 2014 - present.

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7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Registration

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Does DEI Contribute to Increased Antisemitism?

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Description

In the wake of the October 7 attack in Israel by Hamas, university students experienced an increase in verbal harassment, intimidation, and threats by pro-Hamas groups on campus. Often, recourse on such actions are met with First Amendment protections. Has DEI on university campuses created a culture of acceptance of antisemitism? What are the legal implications? Have recent campus protests regarding the Israeli/Hamas war increased antisemitism on campus? This panel will seek to define DEI, both how other states define DEI and Florida’s definition. Panelists will also discuss the antisemitism statute in Florida and antisemitism experienced at universities across the country. What are/should be the legal boundaries of such actions and protections? If DEI practices exist to protect and promote representation of minorities, was that accomplished? Or, in the aftermath of October 7, did DEI lead to promoting or excusing antisemitism? Did Florida university presidents handle these instances better than Ivy League leaders? Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169 (1972), will also be addressed by panelists.

 

Featuring:

  • Richard Corcoran, President, New College of Florida; former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
  • Ashley Lukis, Litigation Deputy Section Chair, GrayRobinson
  • Ryan Newman, General Counsel to Gov. Ron DeSantis
  • Moderator: Hon. Monica Gordo, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal

Speakers

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Amending the Constitution: Update on Fall Ballot Initiatives, Judicial Review, and Future Legislation

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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The Florida Supreme Court recently approved two proposed constitutional amendments for placement on this year’s ballot: one that would create a right to abortion, and one that would create a right to use marijuana for non-medicinal purposes. Did the Court correctly apply the single-subject rule and the statutory ballot-clarity requirements in allowing the people of Florida to decide these contentious issues? Did the Court demonstrate the proper role of the judiciary by applying the text as written without regard to social policy outcomes, or did it abdicate its role as gatekeeper by allowing misleading language on the ballot? And what happens next if one or both of these citizens’ initiatives were to pass? Would there be room for regulation of abortion and marijuana use anyway? Relatedly, does the Court’s contemporaneous decision to uphold the statutory 15-week abortion ban foreshadow how future litigation might play out if the Legislature later places some limitations on these potential new constitutional rights?

 

Featuring:

  • David Axelman, General Counsel, Florida House of Representatives
  • Daniel Bell, Chief Deputy Solicitor General, Office of Florida Attorney General
  • Moderator: Hon. Wendy Berger, Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Speakers

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Remarks

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Panel 3: The Conservative Plaintiff's Bar

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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This panel will discuss the recent rise of what could be described as the “conservative plaintiffs’ bar.” In recent years, the rise of the conservative litigation boutique has been an important development in the practice of law that has born high-profile public law litigation but also more typical private-law plaintiffs’ work. At the same time, we have seen many public-interest law firms and attorneys working in state government file lawsuits challenging laws or regulations as inconsistent with the constitution, statutes, or precedent, often supported (and opposed) by amicus filings from Big Law. The panel will explore this trend of conservatives on the first side of the “v” and where it might be going in the future.

 

Featuring:

  • John Byrne, Partner, Maderal Byrne & Furst PLLC
  • Eric Gressman, Managing Partner, Trial Division, Briscoe Ortiz Zuluaga, PLLC
  • Justin Pearson, Managing Attorney, Florida Office, Institute for Justice
  • Moderator: Daniel Nordby, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

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4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closing Reception

2024 Florida Young Lawyers Summit

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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