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Partnership with UF ADR Team Builds Mentorship, Friendship and Service

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The University of Florida ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) team competes in about five intercollegiate competitions annually. Closely coordinated with the American Bar Association, many of these meets take place in conjunction with the national convention as well as Section meetings throughout the year. UF will host an intercollegiate meet in February, and our firm members will be very active in a coaching and mentoring role as that approaches. For us, this is a fulfilling opportunity for participation and service to the college and its students.

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Shareholder Richard Lord

Mediator: My Story and I’m Sticking to It

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This year’s ABA Mediation Week will be here soon, Oct. 12 through 18. Lawyers, dispute resolution professionals, companies, academic institutions, communities, families and organizations of all shapes and sizes will celebrate mediation during that week. The goal each year is to promote understanding and use of mediation to manage and resolve disputes wherever they arise. Our theme this year is “Stories Mediators Tell – From Rookie to Veteran, Exploring the Spectrum of Mediation.” I consider myself both blessed and lucky to be a mediator, and this is my story, providing a general glimpse of how I view my profession.

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Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands

Unfolding NFL Events Point to a Way Everyone Can Win

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Watching the NFL, ESPN, and other news agencies stumble through the Ray Rice incident and the mayhem that has ensued ironically may demonstrate how useful a professional neutral can be in many situations that don’t present as traditional “disputes.” In the midst of watching the issue of domestic violence as it unfolds within the sports community, two surprising voices have emerged.

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Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands

Does Jury Verdict Research Have Any Role in Mediation?

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For decades there have been databases that purport to predict settlement and jury verdict values based on known factors – liability, injury, expense, disability, venue, etc.; however, most practitioners feel there has never been a methodology more reliable than the judgment of an experienced trial attorney. In 2008, the Review of Law and Economics published an article in which the authors analyzed jury verdicts in drunk driving cases in order to determine the factors affecting recovery. The results would not be surprising to a trial attorney.

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Sandy Upchurch

Sandy Says: Just Show Up, Good Faith Not Required

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As a member of The Florida Bar since 1994, Sandy Upchurch has a broad base of litigation experience that allows her to effectively mediate a wide range of disputes. To schedule a mediation with Sandy, please visit our online scheduling page or call her case manager, Mary Lou Struble, at 800-264-2622. Question: What is the best way to handle a situation where it appears the opposing party is not mediating in good faith? Sandy Says: Mediating “in good faith” is a myth in state court cases in Florida and a concept that really does not exist, believe it or not. If you research the Mediators Ethics Advisory Committee opinions at the Florida State Courts…

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Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands

After Ray Rice incident, do we know where NFL, ESPN stand on domestic violence?

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In Florida, all certified mediators must take a course in domestic violence every two years to satisfy our continuing education requirements. I have to say it irritates me to no end. Every two years? Can’t I take a test and opt out of it? Really, I get it! Unfortunately, no matter how burdensome the experience, the topic is obviously of sufficient importance that mediators and many other licensed professionals must also satisfy these requirements. Is it really so misunderstood or is this one way to acknowledge the importance of the topic?

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