3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ethics CLE: Airing of Grievances
Embassy Suites Estero, Estero FL

Join us for a 2-hour Ethics Seminar at the Embassy Suites in Estero where Henry Paul and Chardean Mavis Hill will focus on the grievance/discipline side of attorney ethics and Ed Cheffy and Traci McKee will focus the second hour on legal malpractice.




12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Opening New Cases in CM/ECF: Attorney and Paralegal Training
United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Fort Myers Florida

Beginning Tuesday, October 9, Middle District of Florida attorneys will be able to open new civil cases and submit proposed summonses electronically through CM/ECF. 

Join us for lunch on December 13, 2018 in the jury assembly room of the Federal Courthouse for training on this new feature.   Attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants welcome!

For step-by-step instructions, see the Court’s New Civil Case Opening Guide for Attorneys.



3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Twenty Years (and Counting) of Modern Justice
United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Fort Myers Florida

With the support of United States Magistrate Judge Mac R. McCoy, the SWFL Federal Court Bar Association is sponsoring a reception and program in the lobby of the Fort Myers Federal Courthouse.  The event will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the current federal courthouse in downtown Fort Myers.  We will also recognize the contributions United States District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich and others made 20 years ago to finalize the courthouse’s construction and to secure a full-time district judge position for the Fort Myers Division.

The event will include a meet-and-greet reception catered with light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and beverages.  After a short program and presentation, small groups of pre-registered attendees may attend a guided tour of the courthouse.  Please come and show your support of our federal courthouse!

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ross Guberman's Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center (Estero), Fort Myers FL

Legal writing is changing, and the status quo is no longer effective advocacy.  And with fewer and fewer cases going to trial, cases are often decided on the written word.  This legal writing workshop featuring Ross Guberman, a well-respected legal writing trainer and consultant, aims to modernize attorneys’ writing and to make them more effective advocates.  Mr. Guberman is the bestselling author of Point Made and Point Taken, and has trained thousands of lawyers, judges, and law clerks nationally and internationally.

Save the date for this workshop because it is a must attend event!

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Chambers Lunch with the Honorable Caryl E. Delano
United States Federal Building and Courthouse, Jury Room Courtroom 5D, Fort Myers Florida

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In conjunction with the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professionals Association, please join us for a Chambers Lunch with the Honorable Judge Caryl E. Delano, United States Bankruptcy Court Judge.  Judge Delano will guide an informal discussion on how bankruptcy and bankruptcy court can impact civil cases.

Our Chambers Lunch programs are always popular, and space is limited to the first 10 members who respond. Lunch will be provided.

Please note – registration is only open to MEMBERS. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please click here to join.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Naturalization Ceremony - Summer Associate & Intern Program Series
United States Courthouse and Federal Building – Courtroom 6B, Fort Myers Florida

The Honorable Carol Mirando, United States Magistrate Judge, will be presiding over a Naturalization Ceremony in her courtroom located on the 6th Floor of the United States Courthouse and Federal Building.  Summer associates and interns are welcome to attend to witness an inspiring naturalization ceremony.

No registration is required to attend this event.  Please note that the end time stated is approximate. 


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Alternative Legal Careers with a J.D. - Summer Associate & Intern Program Series
United States Courthouse and Federal Building – Courtroom 6A, Fort Myers Florida


Did you know federal agencies hire individuals with Juris Doctorate degrees?

Attend this presentation to learn about non-traditional legal careers.  Brian Kobel, Associate Division Counsel for the Tampa Field Office of the FBI and Helena (“Leni”) Kuchta, Staff Attorney with the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division will speak to summer associates and interns about their respective careers spanning both the private and governmental sectors.

Brian has worked with the FBI for over twenty years, serving as a Special Agent investigating health care and insurance fraud and violent crime on Indian Reservations.  Brian then served as Supervisory Special Agent before his promotion to his current position.  Leni’s career began in private practice at K & L Gates.  In the government sector, Leni has served as Staff Attorney with the federal court and worked at the U.S. Embassy in London for the Department of Justice Office of Foreign Litigation where she represented the United States in civil actions in Europe and in Turkey.  Following the presentation, join the group for appetizers at a downtown Ft. Myers restaurant.


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Luncheon with the Federal Judges - Summer Associate & Intern Program Series
The Veranda Restaurant, Fort Myers Florida

Join the federal judges for an informal luncheon at the historic, Veranda Restaurant, 2122 Second Street, Ft. Myers, 33901.  Attorneys are encouraged to attend the luncheon with the interns or summer associates in their offices.  Space is limited, so please register online to reserve your space!


9:00 am - 9:30 am

United States Probation Office Visit - Summer Associate & Intern Program Series
United States Courthouse and Federal Building – Probation Office 4th Floor, Fort Myers Florida

Attend this program of the summer series to learn about the United States Probation Office. Jodi Peterson, Senior United States Probation Officer and Intern Coordinator, will be presenting to the summer associates and interns about the role of a federal probation officer, among other things.  If you wish to attend this presentation, the group will meet in the hallway outside of the Probation Office located on the Fourth Floor of the United States Courthouse and Federal Building.


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Federal Courts 101 - Summer Associate & Intern Program Series
United States Courthouse and Federal Building – Courtroom 6A, Fort Myers Florida

Jesus M. Casas, Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Fort Myers Division and Russ Rosenthal, Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Fort Myers Division will present on “Federal Courts 101.”  Attend this presentation to gain a better understanding of the USAO and the FPDO.