2018 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference

The Biennial conference formally begins on Thursday, 3 May 2018 at the Sawgrass Marriott Hotel in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  The conference will officially open at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, 3 May 2018, in the Champions Ballroom. The morning session will feature a presentation on The Science and Legal Implication of Memory Mapping, Modeling, and Decoding by Dr. Jack L. Gallant and Professor Nita A. Farahany. During lunch, Tony Buettner will present Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer. Following lunch, we will spend the afternoon in roundtable discussions for judges and lawyers from each of the three states, as well as one for bankruptcy practitioners. An anticipated highlight of the afternoon will be the opportunity to speak with Justice Clarence Thomas for a portion of those discussions.  Following a reception hosted by bar associations on the Cascades Deck and Lawn, we will conclude the day with dinner and entertainment for judges, lawyers, and spouses in the Champions Ballroom.

Friday’s session will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a presentation by Professor Mark Lanterman on the Dark Web followed by a panel discussion on e-Discovery with panelists Bill Hamilton and Maura Grossman. During lunch, Jim Cooney, Joe Cheshire, and Wade Smith will address the audience regarding the Duke Lacrosse case.  Following lunch, Steve Brown, also known as “The Bald Futurist,” will present Seeing into the Future: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, and More. The conference will culminate with a question and answer session with Justice Thomas, which will be moderated by Georgia Law School Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge.  We expect the conference to formally conclude at 5:00 p.m.

For those interested, there will be an optional CLE program on Saturday morning, 5 May 2018, designed to involve newer members of the bar who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.  A breakfast discussion among these new lawyers, conferees, and judges will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The morning program will end with an admission ceremony for the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Attorneys interested in attending this conference may obtain registration and conference information by sending an email to judconf@ca11.uscourts.gov or by calling the office of the Circuit Executive at 404-335-6535.  Completed registration and fees must be received by the Office of the Circuit Executive no later than Monday, 9 April 2018.

If you need hotel accommodations for the conference, you may telephone the Sawgrass Marriott Hotel at (904) 285-7777 or (800) 457-4653 and reference Group Reservation Code “JUD.”  Because a limited number of rooms have been set aside for conferees, you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to receive the conference group rate of $209 per night.  

We have reserved additional rooms at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn should rooms not be available at the Sawgrass Marriott. You may book your room online at http://group.hiltongardeninn.com/JudicialConference2018 and utilize the group name “Judicial Conference 2018,” or call the Hilton Garden Inn directly 24 hours/day at 904-280-1661. Ask for the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference 2018 special group rate of $159 per night for standard rooms and $179 per night for king deluxe suites.  Complimentary ground transportation is provided by both hotels

If you have questions or if we may assist you in any way, please call the Circuit Executive’s office at 404-335-6535. We look forward to having you join us in Ponte Vedra Beach for a memorable and rewarding conference.