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21st Annual HCBA Bench Bar Conference: Perception is Reality
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When: 10/25/2017
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 N Tampa St
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States

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This event is at capacity. Registration for the Conference and Membership Luncheon is officially closed. 

Space is still available for the Judicial Reception starting at 5 p.m. Click here to register.


Conference Title: Perception is Reality: Identifying the Hidden Dangers of Bias in our Profession 

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CLE Credits: 7.0 including 6.0 Ethics

This year’s conference will be exploring how implicit bias can manifest itself inside and outside the courtroom.

Morning plenary session on implicit bias by German A. Gomez, Assistant General Counsel at Hogan Lovells, US LLC in Washington D.C.  Prior to Hogan Lovells, Mr. Gomez was employed at the Department of Justice where he was a member of the Diversity Committee.  He frequently lectures on bias and diversity topics.

Following the opening session, we will hear the ever-popular review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s activities and a preview of the term to come, by Professor Louis Virelli from Stetson University College of Law.

“View Toward the Bench” sessions, will provide lawyers and judges the opportunity to candidly talk about practice-specific topics in round-table discussions, with segments focused on civil, criminal, appellate, federal, and family law.

“Jurors Say the Darnedest Things: Inside Deliberations.”  will explore juror bias by reviewing video examples of jury deliberations and discussing approaches for anticipating those situation during jury selection and trial. 

For the mediators there will be a concurrent session  with Mediator Mike Tonelli “The Art of Negotiation” with two other mediators, discussing the finer points of negotiation practices.

Final two concurrent sessions: (1) Local Professionalism Panel Co-Chair Bill Kalish and United States Magistrate Judge Julie Snead will discuss ethics and professionalism and (2)Todd Foster and Professor Charles Rose session on witness bias and impeachment practical pointers.

Agenda Overview

8:30 -11:20 am -- Morning Sessions
Noon-1 pm -- Membership Luncheon
1:30-5 pm -- Afternoon Sessions
5-7:30 pm -- Annual Judicial Reception


Thank you to our sponsors (to date):


Abrahamson & Uiterwyk
Adams & Reece LLP
The Bank of Tampa
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Brannock & Humphries
Burr & Forman LLP
Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
Dennis Hernandez & Associates PA
Greenberg Traurig
HCBA Trial & Litigation Section
Holland & Knight LLP
Wagner McLaughlin

Free Press
Jackson Lewis
Knopf Bigger
Stetson University College of Law
Trenam Law

Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Hill Ward Henderson
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP
Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Akerman LLP
Ansa Assuncao, LLP
Banker Lopez Gassler P.A.
Bush Ross PA
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
Carlton Fields
Clark & Martino, P.A.
de la Parte & Gilbert, PA 
Ferman Automative Group (BMW)
GrayRobinson, P.A.
Harris & Hunt, P.A.
Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A.
Law Office of Kevin J. Napper, P.A.
Ogden & Sullivan, P.A.
Older Lundy & Alvarez
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
The Suarez Law Firm
The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association

Afternoon Break Sponsor
Curry Law Group


Breakfast Bar Sponsor
Brannock & Humphries


Coffee Break Sponsor
Gunn Law Group