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Court Skills for the Federal Practitioner: Evidence and Objections

The third session will address proffering, using, and making objections to evidence. Bring your rules of evidence and something you would like to discuss admitting, using, or fighting!

Approved for Florida Bar CLE Credit:  1 General, 1 Criminal Appellate, 1 Criminal Trial, 1 Juvenile Law.

The main instructor is Thomas N. Palermo. He has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida for the last eleven years. Palermo serves as the District Opioid Coordinator and a Reviewer in the Violent Crime and Narcotics Section. He previously served as a Senior Litigation Counsel, in the Economic Crimes Section, and the Organized Crime Section. Palermo was a state prosecutor and a federal judicial law clerk for a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Palermo got his LL.M. at King’s College London in Bank & Finance, his law degree from FSU College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from American University. Over the course of his career, Palermo has tried more than fifty cases to verdict.

For Evidence and Objections: Adam Benjamin Allen has practiced criminal defense for the past 23 years. He has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida since April 2000, where he has worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, a Supervising Assistant Federal Public Defender, and as a Trial Attorney Supervisor. He currently serves as a Trial Attorney Supervisor for the Tampa Division where he represents indigent defendants at both the trial level who are charged with federal criminal offenses and supervises the trial attorneys within the Tampa Division. Previously, he was an associate with the law firm of Sheppard, White, & Thomas, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida, where he represented clients charged with state and federal criminal offenses at the trial, appellate, and collateral appeal stages of representation. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Tulane University in 1990 and received his Juris Doctorate degree with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1993. While attending the University of Florida College of Law he was a member of the University of Florida Trial Team where he received the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, the Unsung Hero Award and the Order of the Barristers Award. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, the Middle District of Florida Federal Bar and is admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Complimentary Registration.  Please email:  Tammy Wright at

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Palermo at (813) 274-6142 or Lani Fraser at (850) 561-5707.

Please Note: this is a rare opportunity to use a real District Judge’s courtroom to improve courtroom skills. Do not interrupt any proceedings if you arrive early and be prepared to be out of the courtroom promptly by 1:00pm. Our thanks to U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell, a member of The Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee, for making this opportunity available to us.

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Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 13A - 801 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa
April 25, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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