Original Air Date
May 24, 2023
Original Air Date
Course Classification: Intermediate
CLER Program: General 2.5 hours & Technology 2.5 hours
Certification Credits: Business Litigation 2.5 hours & Civil Trial 2.5 hours
Filing using the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal is easy but poses a real danger to attorneys not paying attention.
2.420 or Not 2.420, That is the Question: How Not to Commit Malpractice will provide an overview of Rules 2.420, 2.423 (Marsy’s Law), and 2.425 (minimization) of the Florida Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration, and will enable attorneys and staff to avoid the ethical and professionalism missteps that can easily occur if you do not fully understand your obligations under those rules.
Attorneys and staff need to fully understand the interplay of the technology, the rules of procedure, and Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes. Among other things, the session will:
- cover how recent changes to Rule 2.420 have impacted both attorneys and clerks with regard to most civil cases;
- describe how recent federal litigation has affected what is accessible to attorneys, the press, and the public via the Portal;
- explain why and how attorneys now face a greater likelihood of potential sanctions and/or Bar discipline for failure to comply with Rule 2.420;
- illustrate when filers should use a “Notice of Confidential Information within Court Filing” versus a “Motion to Determine Confidentiality of Court Records;” and,
- provide best practices and practical takeaways for attorneys and their staff who e-file.
Hon. Carolyn Timmann
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Martin County, FL
Carolyn Timmann is currently serving her third term as the Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. She is an alumnus of the University of Georgia, Indian River State College, and The Florida State University.
Carolyn has worked in the private sector and all three branches of state Government. Her last positions before running for office as Clerk were serving in the Executive Office of the Governor as a Deputy Chief of Staff and as Director of Open Government. She also served as a Commissioner on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, 2017-18.
Clerk Timmann was named Clerk of the Year in 2016 and currently serves as President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (2022/23). In addition to supporting many charitable and professional organizations, Clerk Timmann serves on the statewide Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems Council and served on the Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Criminal Justice.
Hon. Gregory C. Harrell
Clerk of Court and Comptroller
Marion County, FL
Gregory C. Harrell has been the Clerk of Court and Comptroller for Marion County since January of 2021. Greg, who grew up in Ocala, is the immediate Past President of the United Way of Marion County and a former President of the Marion County Bar Association. He practiced law in the private sector for 14 years before becoming General Counsel to the Marion County Clerk’s Office in 2013. Greg is a member of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers’ Executive, Audit, Legislative, Strategic Planning, Budget & Finance, and Best Practices Committees, and he is the Chair of its Communications Committee and Conference Subcommittee.
Hon. Laura E. Roth
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Laura Roth earned her bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and her law degree from the University of Arizona. She became the Volusia County Clerk’s office first in-house legal counsel in 2004, and was appointed the Chief Deputy Clerk in 2011. Laura became the Clerk of Court for Volusia County in 2016 and was reelected in 2020. The Clerk’s office motivating philosophy is “We Love Helping People.”
- Florida Bar Association, Member
- Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children, Member
- Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms Advisory Workgroup, Member
- Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, Executive Council, Secretary/Treasurer
- Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, Performance Improvement and Efficiencies Committee, Chair
- Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Board of Directors, Member
- Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Best Practice Committee, Chair
- Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Strategic Technology Committee, Member
- Volusia County Law Library Board of Directors, Treasurer
- Volusia County Bar Association, Member
- Volusia/Flagler Association of Women Lawyers, Member
- Rotary Club of DeLand, Member and Honorary Paul Harris Fellow
- DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
- Guardian ad Litem Program, Volunteer, 2005-2010
- Public Interest Law Organization, University of Arizona Chapter, President, 2001-2002
- Graduate University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2003
- Order of the Coif, 2003
- Graduate Eckerd College, Florida, Highest Honors, 1998
Appellate Lawyer, Of Counsel with Bishop & Mills, former Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida
Tom Hall is Of Counsel with Bishop & Mills. Bishop & Mills has offices in Jacksonville and Tallahassee, but Tom works primarily from his home in Babcock Ranch, Florida. He practices appellate law exclusively and has appeared in six of Florida’s seven appellate courts. Before returning to private practice Tom was Clerk of Court of the Florida Supreme Court for 13 years and Chief Staff Attorney at the First District Court Appeal for 10 years. Tom spent a total of 25 years working in Florida’s court system. Tom currently serves on both the Appellate Court Rules Committee and the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration Committee of The Florida Bar. He has chaired the Appellate Practice and Government Lawyers Sections of The Florida Bar. Tom is on the Board of Trustees of the Florida First Amendment Foundation and of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. He is also a member of the school board for the Babcock Ranch Neighborhood Charter School.
Tom had taught extensively. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Miami teaching legal research and writing. He also taught classes on the Uniform Commercial Code at St. Thomas Law School. He also taught in Barry University’s paralegal program. He has also taught at Florida’s New Appellate Judges school, and the Florida circuit, county, and appellate judges conferences. He has also taught at the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers education conferences. He has taught at national conferences such as the E-Court Conference and the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerk’s annual education conference.
Tom is currently a consultant with the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers though his firm, TLH Consulting Group LLC. He has had numerous other consulting clients and offers non-legal advice consulting services for entities doing business with the Florida Court System.
Amy Singer Borman, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Palm Beach County, FL
Amy Borman is the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Operating Officer (Courts and Official Records) at the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office for Palm Beach County. Amy oversees both the in-house legal department as well as the operations for the criminal, civil, UFC, probate, and official records departments. Amy joined the Clerk’s Office in August 2019 as the Director of Branch Court Services and was promoted to COO by Clerk Abruzzo in January 2021 and to Chief Legal Officer in January 2022. Prior to joining the Clerk’s Office, she was the General Counsel to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida where she served as the attorney to the judiciary and oversaw the law clerk and summer intern programs.
Amy is also an adjunct professor at various law schools where she teaches a course on the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration as well as at Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College. She serves on various committees for The Florida Bar, the Florida Court’s Technology Commission, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Amy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.