Shareholder Kansas Gooden Quoted in Florida Bar News Article – Lack of Oral Arguments Prompt Proposed Changes to Certification Process

April 1, 2021 by on News

Boyd & Jenerette Shareholder Kansas Gooden was quoted in an article featured in The Florida Bar News titled, “Lack of Oral Arguments Prompt Proposed Changes to Certification Process,” published on March 16, 2021.  The article highlights a recently proposed amendment to Rule 6-13.4 Recertification (Appellate Practice), to reduce the number of oral arguments required to maintain board certification in appellate practice.  Kansas, a board certified appellate lawyer, serves on the Board Legal of Legal Specialization and Education Committee and presented the amendment to the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.

Excerpt from the article below:

“The proposed amendment would reduce from five to three the number of oral arguments required for an initial recertification. The number would drop to two for subsequent recertification cycles. Applicants, however, would still be required to meet the five oral argument requirement to become board certified.

The move is designed, in part, to address a decade-long trend by the appellate courts to grant fewer oral arguments, said Miami attorney Kansas Gooden, a BLSE member.

“It has become apparent on the applications,” Gooden told the PEC.

The proposal is designed to do more than help veteran practitioners maintain board certification.

Without the proposed change, senior attorneys will be less likely to allow junior associates to present oral arguments, a trend that would disadvantage beginning, women and minority lawyers, Gooden and others warn.

“The hope is to basically grow the next level of appellate attorneys,” Gooden said.

Gooden said appellate judges have been less willing to grant oral arguments as their workloads have increased.

“It’s just a case of the judges not having enough time because the number of filings is going up,” she said.

Fewer trials during the COVID-19 pandemic means fewer opportunities to request oral arguments, appellate lawyers say.

The proposed amendment represents a compromise. At one point, the Appellate Practice Certification Committee voted to do away with the oral argument requirement for recertification entirely, at least on a temporary basis.

But the BLSE wasn’t willing to go that far, Gooden said.

“It was one of the liveliest debates that I can ever remember,” she said.

The Appellate Practice Certification Committee’s proposal was prompted by concern over a rules petition the Board of Governors filed February 4 with the Supreme Court in Case No. SC21-164.

The proposed amendments would standardize Legal Specialization Rules, and among other things, eliminate the Appellate Practice Certification Committees’ discretion to waive certification and recertification requirements.”

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Kansas R. Gooden
Shareholder / Practice Group Leader
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About Kansas R. Gooden

Kansas Gooden is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar and is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She serves as the firm’s Appellate Practice Group Leader. Kansas is an expert in handling all types of civil appellate proceedings, including extraordinary writs and plenary appeals, in state and federal courts.

Ms. Gooden is active in state and local bar associations. Currently, she serves on The Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education, is the Secretary of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Section, is the President-Elect of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and is on the board of the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. She previously chaired The Florida Bar’s Appellate Certification Committee and the Section’s CLE Chair.

The FDLA recently awarded Kansas the Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is bestowed on the member who goes above and beyond over the course of his or her membership tenure. Kansas chairs the Amicus Committee, where she authors and co-authors briefs on important and high-profile issues before the Florida Supreme Court and other appellate courts. She has served on the FDLA board since 2016.

Ms. Gooden is a frequent speaker on appellate topics, including preservation of error, for both attorneys and adjusters. She is licensed in Florida (2008).

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