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Sandy Upchurch Will Speak for Law Students on Professionalism in Mediation

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Mediator Sandy Upchurch will give a presentation at Florida Coastal Law School in Jacksonville on professionalism in mediation on Monday, April 14, 2014. She will speak to Practical Professionalism students at the invitation of Duval County Judge Pauline Drake, who is an adjunct professor at the law school. The class, composed of second- and third-year law students, will learn about preparing clients for mediation and properly managing their expectations at mediation, and about productive and counter-productive behaviors Ms. Upchurch has encountered at mediation. She will give advice on how to present one’s self at mediation to give the client the best opportunity to settle the case. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to address students on the…

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Firm Shareholder Michelle Jernigan to Present 'Brainy' CLE for CFAWL on April 4

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A. Michelle Jernigan, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, plans to present a seminar titled “Your Client’s Brain in Mediation” for the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers in Orlando on Friday, April 4. Ms. Jernigan has done extensive research into her topic and believes it is important for attorneys to understand how their clients make decisions. She will give seminar attendees a look “under the hood” at the workings of the human brain in various scenarios. The 50-minute program, which will be delivered at a luncheon meeting, has been accredited by The Florida Bar as intermediate-level Continuing Legal Education, good for 1.0 hour of general CLE credit.

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Michael Orfinger Published in CPR Alternatives Newsletter

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CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, has published an article on mediating in probate by Michael S. Orfinger, a principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, in the March issue of its “Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation” newsletter. Mr. Orfinger wrote “Mediating Probate Cases to Settlement” (Alternatives, pages 41 to 43) to explain the advantages of mediation over “zero-sum litigation” in the probate practice area and to explore its challenges.

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Judge Barkett Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Judge Rosemary Barkett recently received the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Florida mediator Bob Cole, a shareholder of Upchurch Watson White & Max, was in Tallahassee to see it happen. The honoree had served as a United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to her 1983 nomination for that post, she was Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, where she was the first woman ever to serve.

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UWWM's Monthly Complimentary Webinars Help Florida Litigators Earn CLE

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Upchurch Watson White & Max’s team of Florida mediators has slated a year’s worth of monthly Webinars, which began with an offering from shareholder Richard Lord titled “What Is Going on in the Other Room?” on interpreting and dealing with delays during the mediation conference. On Feb. 18, firm principal Larry Watson plans to offer “The Florida Litigator’s Dispute Resolution Toolbox: Creative ADR Applications,” a wide-ranging look at the state’s many available dispute resolution options. For details on this Webinar, please click here. The remainder of the presenters and topics follows: March – Rod Max will present on the topic of class actions and mass claims. April – Michelle Jernigan, “Your Client’s…

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John Upchurch Focuses on Upturn in Current Volusia/Flagler Business Report

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The mood is generally upbeat for law firms in Florida’s Volusia and Flagler counties as we approach the holiday season, according to a current local publication. Clayton Park, editor of The Volusia/Flagler Business Report says the fact that law firms are looking up is good news for everyone. The story is one of recovery, in which local firms “shifted their practices to focus on new areas of demand for legal services.” Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, based in Daytona Beach, continues to follow this strategy of innovation, making use of new technology and becoming ever more client-centric. Our president, John Upchurch is quoted in the issue, as is John Ferguson, president of Cobb Cole; James Rose, managing…

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