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Students and Mediating Professor Welcome Spring Break

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Brandon Peters is teaching a class about mediation this semester at Florida A&M University College of Law. He brings more than two decades of experience as a highly-respected civil litigator to his mediation career, which began with a successful solo practice and continues with Upchurch Watson White & Max. He takes a data- and evidence-driven approach to resolving disputes without ignoring the all-important human factors. To schedule a mediation with Brandon, please call his case manager, Cathy McCleary, at (800) 863-1462, or visit our online calendar. This was our last class before my students go on Spring Break. Many of them have travel plans. They were excited and distracted – not unlike their younger counterparts in…

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Teachers Worldwide Provide Advice to Prevent Lecture 'Letdown'

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This week, I learned about the professional bond shared by the international community of educators. After writing about my delivery of a lecture that felt “flat,” I invited my blog readers to provide advice about avoiding letdown after an exciting guest lecture by a veteran crisis negotiator. I received a great number of responses from teachers all over the world. Here are four of my favorites.

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UWWM Principal Kimberly Sands

5 Tips for Strategic Negotiation

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Recently, I addressed members of the Florida Justice Association at its annual Workhorse Conference in Orlando, Fla. The presentation was titled “Deconstructing Mediation: Finding Leverage and Maintaining Tactical Advantage in Mediation.” The conference was aimed at trial attorneys who focus primarily on representing claimants, having expanded over the years to include a variety of substantive areas of law. I have delivered similar presentations to a variety of groups over the years, which I will summarize as my “Tips for Strategic Negotiation”:

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Law School Class Feels a Little Flat After Exciting Speaker

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After last week’s incredible guest lecture by a veteran crisis negotiator from the Orlando Police Department, my lecture this week felt “flat” by comparison. The visiting detective truly was a tough act to follow. It’s not that the material we were covering this week was boring or unimportant – we examined the types of cases suitable for mediation, learned how to prepare for mediation and studied the value of delivering mediation services in an organized and reliably sequential process. I just never got the feeling that our group discussion gained the type of momentum my students have come to expect from me in previous weeks.

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Florida Mediator Brandon S. Peters

Crisis Negotiator Teaches Mediation Students How to Redirect Unproductive Behaviors

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We had another guest speaker join us this week for class at Florida A&M University College of Law – a veteran detective for the Orlando Police Department who happens to be one of the agency’s most experienced crisis negotiators. My students and I sat mesmerized for two-and-a-half hours while he explained the history and theory of modern crisis negotiation and then narrated audio excerpts from an actual hostage situation he participated in several years ago in downtown Orlando.

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Mediating Professor: Psychological Aspects at Least as Important as Legal, Financial

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This week, we had a guest speaker – a prominent clinical psychiatrist I happen to know. He delivered a fascinating lecture titled “Anxiety, Cognitive Distortions and the Impact on Mediation” to my class at Florida A&M University College of Law. … A major theme of my lectures so far has been the notion that mediation is a human construct, subject to human weaknesses. As anyone with significant mediation experience well knows, a highly-agitated party or lawyer can hijack the entire mediation process and obstruct the other participants from their pursuit of a meaningful resolution.

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