Hyatt Luncheon – U.S. Magistrate Judge Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, our Hyatt luncheon featured a panel discussion with the Honorable John J. O’Sullivan, the Honorable Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes, and the Honorable William Matthewman, United States Magistrate Judges for the Southern District of Florida, moderated by FBA Board member Stephen Warren of Holland & Knight. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Federal Magistrates Act of 1968, and we learned about the constant evolution of the responsibilities of a United States Magistrate Judge. The panel discussion touched on a variety of topics, which ranged from discussing the practice of consenting to trials before Magistrate Judges, settlement conferences, judicial pairings, discovery practices, and Reports and Recommendations. Each judge provided a behind the scenes look into their practices and their thought process on these topics and others. Practitioners were also given several pointers on how to keep the judges happy when there are discovery disputes or other issues that arise. The similarities and differences between practice in Miami and West Palm Beach were discussed, as were the differences as compared to other districts throughout the country. The panel was kind enough to take additional questions from the audience. We had a great turnout from the judiciary, members of the bar, and law students.
Thanks to our distinguished panel and thanks to everyone who attended!
- Category: Hyatt Luncheons
- Date: March 14, 2018