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Joe Eagleton Presents on Appellate Jurisdiction

Brannock Berman & Seider shareholder Joe Eagleton covered the basics of appellate jurisdiction for a continuing legal education program spearheaded by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.

The program was part of the Basic Skills course requirement for new lawyers, who are required by the Bar rules to complete three “basic level” courses within their first three years of admission. The requirement was established to help ensure that all attorneys begin their legal careers with a thorough and practical understanding of the law. These programs span different subject areas, from personal-injury law to labor and employment law to criminal law, and practice areas, covering topics like transactional practice, business litigation, and appeals. The courses are now offered exclusively online and are supervised by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

The Young Lawyers Division is responsible for presenting the “basic” programs, which recruit top practitioners from around the state to educate new lawyers by speaking on their specialties. For this year’s Basic Appellate Practice program, Joe was one of seven attorneys who, along with a panel of three appellate judges, covered the fundamentals of appellate practice. Topics included preserving error for appeal, oral argument, and Joe’s presentation on jurisdiction. Joe discussed why appellate jurisdiction matters, how to figure out whether there is jurisdiction, and how to go about invoking the jurisdiction of Florida’s appellate courts.