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Mediator/Arbitrator Art Hanes Speaks for Appellate Mediation Program

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Mediator Arthur J. Hanes, Jr. recently spoke for the Alabama Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s 2015 Appellate Mediation Training program. Art, who is based at Upchurch Watson White & Max’s Birmingham office, took part in a 90-minute panel discussion as part of the daylong session. The Alabama Center for ADR/Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution described it as a program highlight: “A panel of expert appellate mediators spent an hour and a half sharing their experiences and taking questions.” Twenty-eight mediators attended the session. For more information, click here. The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized to “develop, implement, administer, assist, and manage alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs in the courts,…

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Florida Mediator Robert A. Cole

Mediator Bob Cole Celebrates Big Brothers/Sisters Centennial

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Florida Mediator Robert A. Cole, a longtime supporter and board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, encourages all to attend the organization’s April 9, 2015, celebration of 100 years of serving youth. “It all started in 1904 when a young New York court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom,” event planners say. “He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.” Simultaneously, the Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who also had come through the New York Children’s Court. The group they formed later became…

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Florida mediator Ricardo Cata

ILAT Conference Participation Adds to Free UWWM Resources

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The recent International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference in Miami, where Mediator Ricardo Cata was a panelist, was attended by 125 lawyers from Florida, New York, Central and South America and other regions. Ricardo has shared his paper from the conference, “International Commercial Mediation: A Supplement to International Arbitration.” The paper also is posted on our toolkit page at uww-adr.com/resources, along with many other complimentary resources designed to assist litigators.

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Federal Circuit Judge to Speak in Orlando About Role in Arbitration, Mediation

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UWWM Dispute Resolution Counsel Brandon S. Peters advises that The Hon. D. Brooks Smith will be at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando to present a lecture titled, “Courts ADRift? The Federal Judiciary’s Role in the Age of Arbitration and Mediation” on Thursday, March 5. Judge Smith has served the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit  since 2002. He sat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1988 until he was confirmed for his current post, serving as the chief judge from 2001 until his elevation to the 3rd Circuit. Currently, he hears appeals from federal cases arising in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands….

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Arbitrator / Mediator Lawrence H. Kolin

Florida Bar ADR Section Introduces New Website

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Photos of Lawrence H. Kolin, a mediator and arbitrator who joined Upchurch Watson White & Max in 2014 (and who chaired the section’s Website effort), and A. Michelle Jernigan and Robert A. Cole, both UWWM shareholders, appear on fladr.org’s Executive Council page. Michelle also edits the section’s biannual newsletter, which is posted on the site, as well. In addition to Bob’s involvement with the state-level ADR section, he also is the current chair of the ADR Practitioners Committee of The Jacksonville Bar.

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Florida ADR Team Hosts Its First Competition

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Upchurch Watson White & Max panel members continue to keep tabs on the University of of Florida Levin College of Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Team as their competition schedule progresses. On Sunday, Dispute Resolution Counsel Brandon S. Peters observed the final round of a contest the team hosted. “You and your organization hosted a wonderful weekend for the guest schools,” Brandon told team President Nick Alberto afterward. “It says something positive when people travel from as far away as Montana and Buffalo (N.Y.) to attend your school’s first mediation advocacy competition.” (Nick sent us  a link to the video that was taken of the final round: mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/f4d772cc12bb4507a84f2815e029fb2b1d.) UWWM committed to sponsor and mentor the 4-year-old team in…

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