Barbara Braunstein

Law Firm Management Seminar

Barbara Braunstein is the president of Barbara Braunstein & Associates, Boca Raton, Florida.  She is an internationally acclaimed speaker who specializes in helping people take charge of their lives and get results! She has hands-on management experience in hospital administration, the airline industry and in the sports world. Barbara was also a featured speaker at the 2011 National Association of Legal Administrators Conference. Her practical skills and strategies, combined with her energy, enthusiasm and humor, make her a top rated speaker with many diverse businesses and associations. She is also the author of the best selling CD educational series, How To Deal With Different, Diverse and Difficult People, and a book of short stories, Firefly Moments: 101 Stories to Light Up Your Life! Barbara’s website is

Arturo V. Hernandez
Criminal Law Update

In 1981, after graduation from Nova University Law School, Arturo V. Hernandez was hired by Bennett H. Brummer, then the public defender for Dade County.

He commenced his career defending juvenile defendants. Later during the Mariel boat crisis, which created a huge need for public defenders at the adult circuit court level, he was transferred to the felony division at the Metro Justice Building. For the next three years Arturo V. Hernandez handled every kind of serious felony case in the various courtrooms to which he was assigned. These included trials of first-degree murder cases as well as other very serious crimes.

In 1983 Arturo V. Hernandez formed his own firm, Arturo V. Hernandez P.A. He
has handled many important and complex criminal cases, which have included the first extradition from Aruba to the United States under 18 U.S.C. 1962 (RICO), the first introduction of a polygraph in the Southern District Florida (after United States v. Piccinonna 885 F.2d 1529 (11th Cir. 1989), the first extradition from the U.S. to Mexico in the Monex of Mexico cases, the first prosecution and trial of a statewide check cashing company for false CTR’s (“La Bamba”), and very recently the first prosecution and trial of a U.S. telecom company under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

In 2005 Arturo V. Hernanez began his representation of high profile Cuban Americans charged with federal crimes for their activism against Fidel Castro and his regime. Together with Robert C. Josefsberg, Benedict P. Kuehne and Kendall Coffey, he represented well known Cuban American developer Santiago Alvarez in his federal indictment on weapons charges. Subsequently, he also represented another Cuban American exile in California who was federally charged with possession of the largest privately held gun cache in the history of the United States.

In 2007, Arturo V. Hernandez began his defense of Luis Posada-Carriles, the most renowned anti-Castro militant in the world. Posada was initially charged and held in detention in El Paso, Texas, for a two-and-a-half year period on immigration related violations. When it appeared to the federal authorities that he was about the gain his release on a writ of habeas corpus, he was criminally charged in a federal indictment in the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division, with having made false statements during his immigration proceedings, fraud and possession of a false passport. This indictment was dismissed by the District Court on defense motions on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. Much to the chagrin of the Justice Department, Posada was released from custody and returned to Miami to a hero’s welcome.

Government successfully appealed the judges’ 38-page opinion/order, and the matter of Luis Posada-Carriles was remanded to the trial court. The government superseded the indictment, adding three additional counts that alleged international terrorism against Posada.

The new indictment against Posada was news around the world. Those with an interest in this criminal case included the governments of Cuba and Venezuela (Cuban authorities having met with the FBI three times and were represented by counsel), The New York Times, author Ann Louise Bardach, The Miami Herald and the Justice Department. The Department of Justice is estimated to have spent from 25 to 40 million dollars in prosecuting Posasa-Carriles. On April 8, 2011, after just under two hours of deliberations, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on all 11 counts of indictment.

Arturo V. Hernandez lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with his wife and children.

Rodney A. Smolla
Plenary Luncheon

Rodney A. Smolla became Furman University's 11th president on July 1, 2010. He is nationally recognized as a scholar, teacher, advocate and writer and is one of America's foremost experts on issues relating to freedom of speech, academic freedom and freedom of the press. A native of the Chicago area, he is a 1975 graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of the football team. He graduated first in his class from Duke University Law School in 1978.
Prior to arriving at Furman, Smolla served three years as Dean and Roy L. Steinheimer Professor of Law at Washington and Lee School of Law. He has also been Dean and Allen Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law as well as Director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William & Mary.

His book, Free Speech in an Open Society (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992) won the William O. Douglas Award as the year's best monograph on freedom of expression. He is also the author of Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt: The First Amendment on Trial (St. Martin's Press, 1988) and Deliberate Intent (Crown Publishers, 1999). The latter, which was made into a television movie by the FX cable network, describes Smolla's involvement in a notorious case in which he successfully represented the families of three murder victims in a suit against the publisher of a murder instruction manual.
His latest book, The Constitution Goes to College, (New York University Press, 2011) describes the constitutional principles and ideas that have shaped American higher education.
He has remained an active teacher even while serving in his two deanships, teaching courses in higher education law, professionalism, constitutional law and the Constitution and American culture. He is teaching a course at Furman that explores the constitutional law principles that have influenced America's public and private universities. His numerous teaching awards include the State of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award and William & Mary's John Marshall Faculty Award.

Hon. Jean Hoefer Toal

South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal began her service as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 1988 and was installed as Chief Justice on March 23, 2000, for the balance of the term of her predecessor, which expired June 30, 2004. She was re-elected in February of 2004 and was installed as Chief Justice on June 9, 2004, for a 10-year term. Chief Justice Toal practiced law for 20 years prior to her election to the South Carolina Supreme Court. She is a member of the Richland County, South Carolina and American Bar Associations, the S.C. Women Lawyers Association and the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College and is President of the Conference of Chief Justices and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

Reid F. Trautz
Law Office Technology Seminar           

Reid Trautz is a lawyer, author, and blogger on the issues of business process improvement, technology, legal ethics, and attorney-client communications. He is co-author of The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice, published by the ABA.  Reid currently serves as the chair of the ABA TECHSHOW, the legal profession’s premier technology conference, sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Management Section and held each spring in Chicago. 

Over the past decade, Reid has helped thousands of lawyers solve their most difficult and pressing management issues with innovative, ethical and practical solutions. Prior to his focus on the business of practicing law, Reid was a partner in a five-lawyer firm in Alexandria, Virginia.

He is admitted to the bars of Minnesota (inactive), Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Reid is also an elected Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. 

Reid leads an active family life with his wife and three teenage sons. When not at home in Virginia, they like to travel the US, discover local diners, drive-ins and dives, and ride roller coasters until they can't anymore.

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