August 15, 2002 Regular News Section sets seminar focusing on federal commercial cases Section sets seminar focusing on federal commercial cases The Florida Bar Business Law Section will present “Advice From the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts.” September 27 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.The CLE program will feature a panel of four federal judges, three former federal judges, and 15 well-known commercial litigators giving practical advice and strategies for winning business and commercial cases in federal courts.The program will begin with discussion of the strategic issues involved in choosing the proper forum, investigation of a case, and motion practice. The next topics will be the effective handling of depositions, document discovery, interrogatories and requests for admissions, as well as general discovery strategy. Also covered will be ethics and professionalism.The program will proceed with discussion of techniques that are effective in commercial trials — including a separate segment on pretrial conferences and procedures. Evidence and the use of expert witnesses will also be covered in detail. The program concludes with discussion of damages and appeals.The moderator is Robert L. Haig of New York City. The speakers include United States District Judges Alan S. Gold, Paul C. Huck, Adalberto J. Jordan, and Donald M. Middlebrooks; former federal judges Edward B. Davis, Joseph W. Hatchett, and Thomas E. Scott; and litigators Jose I. Astigarraga, Barry R. Davidson, Alvin B. Davis, Ervin A. Gonzalez, Alice G. Hector, Robert C. Josefsberg, Maxine M. Long, Stephen Mahle, Harry A. Payton, David L. Ross, Brian F. Spector, Marty Steinberg, C. Thomas Tew, Harley S. Tropin, and Stanley H. Wakshlag.As part of the program, all registrants will receive a copy of the six-volume treatise Business And Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts and two diskettes containing forms and jury instructions.The program fee is $265 for Business Law Section members and $280 for nonmembers. This course has been approved for 6.5 hours of CLE credit, including. 5 hours of ethics credit. For reservations, call (800) 342-8060.