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Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands

What Is Lean In?

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Lean In is the brain child of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Anyone who has not seen her TED Talk on YouTube should do so as it succinctly states the mission of the book and the groups that have developed in response to the book. There are other effective women lawyers’ associations that have emerged over the past 25 years as women have become more prevalent in the profession. These groups are really no different from the various committees that evolve from professional associations to address issues of common interest. Lean In addresses the challenges working women experience and offers positive solutions for complex problems, in particular through the power of negotiation. It is therefore a natural area of interest for a firm devoted to mediation and other forms of dispute resolution.

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Florida Mediator John Upchurch

Work Hard, Play Hard

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Few will disagree that the practice of law is a stressful profession with myriad challenges, ranging from attracting enough business and overseeing operations to dealing with clients, opposing counsel and judges who can drive one to the edge of despair. Finding a countervailing balance in life also is a challenge. I thoroughly enjoy my practice and cannot imagine doing anything else. Nevertheless, to retain one’s sanity, there has to be a release. Mine is international travel.

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Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands

Embracing Connectivity: The Florida Bar’s 2014 Annual Convention

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Among the usual substantive committee meetings and topics were programs on how older attorneys can downsize their practices, advice for young attorneys establishing their practices, and programs on diversity, including race and gender. I was lucky enough to be included on a panel addressing the latter, utilizing a format derived from the Sheryl Sandberg-inspired “Lean In” movement. For those who wish to continue the conversation, UWWM sponsors its own “Lean In” group for litigators in proximity to our Maitland office. For more information, please comment or send us your contact information.

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Florida mediator John J. Upchurch

Getting Ready to Mediate: A Blueprint for Success

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Let UWWM founding partner John Upchurch help you connect the dots for an efficient and productive mediation. It may involve building a better foundation, tearing down some walls and an overall vision for the end game. Whatever your concern, John will guide you through his recommended blueprint for success in a complimentary Webinar beginning at noon Monday, June 23.

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/640197554.

Attendees will learn about overcoming negotation setbacks, avoiding impasse, facilitating that necessary flow of information and more they need to know. An added bonus: CLE credit through the Florida Bar will be available. Don’t miss this master class!

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Florida mediator Chuck Mancuso

Consignment Sale of Horse Should Be According to Contract

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Consignment sales are fairly common when a horse owner decides to sell a horse and entrust the sale to either a trainer or owner of a farm, stable or barn. This simple transaction usually falls apart when a problem arises and everybody realizes they were not a friend just helping out a friend but specific legal entities with certain rights and responsibilities.

Clients must understand terms such as “agent”, “principal”, “fiduciary”, “buyer” and “seller” have extensive legal ramifications. Contractual disputes regarding sales gone bad are more readily resolved if the parties have been provided with the appropriate consignment sale contract for execution.

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Shareholder Richard Lord

Heal Thyself, and Add an Ounce of Prevention, With a Little Help

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Disputes within the healthcare system are a reality, and may become more frequent. You have seen it in your hometown no doubt, the signs of consolidation among healthcare providers. You may have been a part of one yourself. We have been in a period of such marriages, partly driven by the competitive advantages of such unions, the economic/reimbursement environment in which healthcare is delivered, and the impact on the practical day-to-day division of labor between and among those in the healthcare fields.

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