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It's Mediation Week 52 Times a Year, but Upchurch Watson White & Max Has Plans for Oct. 11-17

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 5, 2015) – Mediation Week 2015 won’t change a thing about the way Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group operates; the firm has more than 70 mediation conferences scheduled in its seven offices throughout Florida and in Alabama, as it does almost every other week of the year. However, we have added a few special events to join in the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s fourth annual observance of Mediation Week from Oct. 11 to 17. They are: Alabama Shareholder Brad Wash will be part of a panel giving “Practical Tips From Top Mediators” in a live Webcast from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Oct. 13, sponsored by the…

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Shareholder Richard Lord

City of Orlando to Proclaim Oct. 11-17 Mediation Week

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2015) — Mayor Buddy Dyer will read a proclamation declaring the third week of October to be Mediation Week in Orlando at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 5. Mediator Richard Lord, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, was behind the effort, requesting the proclamation on behalf of the firm. The proclamation will be one of the first agenda items for the 2 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 400 South Orange Ave. Plans call for Commissioner Robert F. Stuart to introduce the proclamation and then for the mayor to read it with the recommendation that the council accept it. “The American…

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One of the first orders of business at the 23rd annual conference of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center was to present Lawrence M. “Larry” Watson Jr., a founding principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, with the Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award. At the July 31, 2015, opening plenary session, Janice M. Fleischer, outgoing director of the DRC, commented she was glad to be taking part in honoring Mr. Watson at the final DRC conference over which she will preside. She explained the Press Award is not given annually, and that it takes action by a special committee of five leaders in the field to determine whether there will be an honoree.

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Four UWWM Mediators to Share Vexing Situations With Colleagues at DRC Conference

Four mediators from Upchurch Watson White & Max will present two 75-minute workshops to at least 100 colleagues at the 23rd annual conference of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center on Friday and Saturday. They are drawing on decades of experience to flesh out their program, “How Do You Deal With This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation.”

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Florida Mediator Michelle Jernigan

A. Michelle Jernigan to Present 'Using Brain Science for Better Mediations' July 28

One of Florida’s first Supreme Court-certified mediators, A. Michelle Jernigan, also has a decades-long interest in psychology and the brain. In a Webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, she will discuss the basics of brain structure and function in clear, simple terms — along with practical ways to apply this knowledge at the mediation table. Ms. Jernigan, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, will present “Using Brain Science for Better Mediations” at noon Tuesday, July 28.

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Florida Mediator Lawrence M. (Larry) Watson

UWWM's Lawrence M. Watson Jr. to Speak at California Conference

One of the first circuit civil trial mediators to be certified by Florida’s Supreme Court, Lawrence M. Watson Jr. not only does, but also teaches. On Tuesday, he will present a session titled “Planning, Organizing, Formatting and Executing the Mediation of a Complex, Multi‐Party, Multi‐Issue Lawsuit” to the American College of Civil Trial Mediators’ annual meeting in Dana Point, Calif. “We will lay out a ‘typical’ complex litigation dispute – then walk through ways we might organize and structure a mediation of that case,” says Mr. Watson, a founding principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group.

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