Mediator Robert A. “Bob” Cole, a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, recently attended a program recognizing partners in the organization’s “Beyond School Walls” initiative, which connects mentors from local businesses with career academy students focused on the same targeted industry. Beyond School Walls served 268 students involved in 13 partnerships at nine Jacksonville-area high schools over the last school year. The program is successfully achieving three goals, according to outcomes Big Brothers Big Sisters announced, based on fiscal year 2014-’15: 99 percent of participating students attended school and maintained or improved classroom behavior, and 97 percent of participants were promoted to the next grade. As a member of the organization’s board of directors, Bob,…Read More ›
Mediator/arbitrator A. Michelle Jernigan, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, recently gave a presentation, “Should You Be Scared? What Labor & Employment Attorneys Must Know About Arbitration,” sponsored by the Labor & Employment Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. She appeared at the OCBA Center in downtown Orlando for 1 hour and 40 minutes on May 19, 2016, allowing 30 attendees to claim 2.0 general Continuing Legal Education credits through The Florida Bar. The event was complimentary. Michelle gave advice on how to take control of five possible fears attorneys might have regarding arbitration, which are: Uncertainty about applicable law Uncertainty about who the decision makers are in various contracts Finality of arbitration awards Possible costs…Read More ›
Mediator Renée Thompson: From The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Interview Series 'Balancing in Heels'
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division recently posted interviews with legal leaders who gave their advice and insight on “having it all,” finding balance between one’s personal and professional lives, and the importance of civic and professional involvement. We are proud that mediator Renée Thompson, who joined our group on May 1, 2016, was selected to contribute.Read More ›
Three mediators from Upchurch Watson White & Max are playing a role in The Jacksonville Bar Association ADR Practitioners Committee’s 10th annual Northeast Florida CME Seminar for Mediators on Thursday, June 2, 2016. UWWM’s Robert A. “Bob” Cole is committee chair and planned the entire program with mediator Jake Schickel. This year’s course will be at its customary venue, Florida Coastal School of Law, 8787 Baypine Road, Jacksonville. The course is eligible for up to 8.0 Continuing Mediation Education hours, including 4.0 Ethics, 2.0 Domestic Violence, 1.0 Diversity and 1.0 General. Mediators are required to self-report hours applicable to their areas of certification at the time of their renewal.Read More ›
“Arbitration has been a hot topic this year, whether in the form of coming changes to consumer and class arbitration or developments in cross-border and international agreements,” says mediator and arbitrator Lawrence Kolin, who will speak on the topic from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2016. Gary Salzman, a shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A., Esq. and Beppy Owen, a partner at Akerman, will join Lawrence to present “Arbitration: An Alternative to Dispute Resolutions,” a complimentary continuing legal education seminar at the Orange County Bar Association Center, 880 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, Fla. “We plan to cover the nuts and bolts of the process, as well as hints in avoiding traps while drafting arbitration provisions at the outset,” Lawrence says.Read More ›
Mediator Michelle Jernigan: From The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Interview Series 'Balancing in Heels'
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division recently posted interviews with legal leaders who gave their advice and insight on “having it all,” finding balance between one’s personal and professional lives, and the importance of civic and professional involvement. We are proud that shareholder A. Michelle Jernigan was selected to contribute. More questions? Call on Michelle at email@example.com or (407) 661-1123. Would you like to reserve a mediation time with Michelle or have her deliver a custom CLE program for your firm? Visit our scheduling page or contact case manager Cathy McCleary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Name: A. Michelle Jernigan Job Title: Shareholder, Upchurch Watson White & Max City: Maitland, Florida Number of Children/Other Dependents: Two children and two…Read More ›