2015 Florida Chapters Conference


Florida Statewide Conference



Discounted Theme Park Ticket Information

Friday, February 27, 2015

3:00 p.m.

Session I: Perspectives on the Florida Judicial Selection Process
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-E4

  • Welcoming Remarks: Jason Gonzalez, Shutts & Bowen LLP and former General Counsel to the Governor
  • Moderator: Judge Wendy Berger, Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal 
  • Panelists:
    • Pete Antonacci, former General Counsel to the Governor
    • Tim Cerio, General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott
    • Zander Clem, Morgan & Morgan and former Member, Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission
    • Paul Huck, Jones Day and former General Counsel to the Governor
    • Charlie Trippe, Mosely, Pritchard, Parrish, Knight & Jones, and former General Counsel to the Governor

Address I: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-E4

  • Introduction: Judge Alan Forst, Florida District Court of Appeal
  • Remarks: Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society
  • Introduction of Commissioner Putnam: Jason Gonzalez, Shutts & Bowen, LLP and former General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott
  • Address: Commissioner Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere E1-2

Small Group Dinners (Dutch Treat)
7:45 p.m.

  • Sign-up sheets are available at the conference registration table for three dining options on the Resort property, including Shula’s Steak House, Kimonos Japanese Restaurant and Il Mulino – New York Trattorio.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Breakfast & Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Northern Hemisphere E1-2

Address II: Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
8:45 a.m.- 9:05 a.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-E4

  • Introduction: Dan Gerber, Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell
  • Address: Jeff Atwater, Florida Chief Financial Officer

Session II: Originalism, Textualism, and the Rule of Law
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-4

  • Moderator: Judge Frank Shepherd, Florida Third District Court of Appeal
  • Panelists: 
    • Greg Katsas, Jones Day and former Assistant U.S. Attorney General
    • John McGinnis, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
    • Peter Smith, Professor, George Washington University Law School

Address III: Congressman Ron DeSantis
10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-4

  • Introduction: Morgan Streetman, Streetman Law Firm
  • Address: Congressman Ron DeSantis, United States House of Representatives, 6th District, Florida

Session III: Developments in Florida Tort and Business Law
11:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-4

  • Moderator: Judge Barbara Lagoa, Florida Third District Court of Appeal
  • Panelists: 
    • Mark Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP  
    • William Large, President, Florida Justice Reform Institute
    • Daryl Parks, Parks & Crump 

Luncheon & Keynote Speech by Fred Barnes
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere E1-2

  • Master of Ceremonies: Dean Cannon, Former Speaker, Floarida House of Representatives
  • Remarks: Jesse Panuccio, former General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott
  • Keynote Address: Fred Barnes, Executive Editor,The Weekly Standard

Session IV: The Separation of Powers in the Modern Age
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere E3-4

  • Moderator: Justice Charles Canady, Florida Supreme Court
  • Panelists: 
    • Rachel Brand, Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy
    • Charles J. Cooper, Cooper & Kirk PLLC and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
    • Brianne Gorod, Appellate Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center and former Attorney-Adviser, Office of Legal Counsel
    • Jesse Panuccio, former General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Discounted Disney theme park tickets may be purchased by Conference attendees and their guests at the ticket desk located in the hotel lobby. Tickets also available online here.

Dessert and Cocktail Reception and Fireworks Viewing
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
EPCOT, Terrace des Fleurs on the World Showcase Lagoon

  • The Friendship ferry boats offer complimentary transportation from the Swan & Dolphin Resort to the International Gateway located at the rear of EPCOT. Conference attendees and registered guests may enter EPCOT beginning at 7:45 p.m.. Disney hosts will greet and escort attendees and registered guests into the Park and provide directions to the reception area. EPCOT's nightly fireworks show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will be visible from the reception area. Casual attire is suggested.

Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Course Information:

  • Course #1501106N : “Federalist Society Florida Statewide Conference”  (6.5 general credit hours)
  • Florida Bar members can report their CLE credits online at www.floridabar.org.

* A limited number of rooms in the Dolphin Hotel are available to Conference registrants at the discounted rate of $199 per night plus taxes and resort fees. Reservations must be made no later than February 24, 2015 by calling 1 (800) 227-1500.

Registration for the conference has reached capacity. We will not be accepting any further reservations.

There will be no more accepted cancellations after TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th. 

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