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October 2012 Newsletter- Volume 1, Issue 2

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Volume 1, Issue 2 of Upchurch, Watson, White and Max Discusses… is now available in the following PDF, October 2012 Newsletter- Volume 1, Issue 2 . Our newsletter discusses current topics of interest and importance.

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October 2012 Newsletter- Volume 1, Issue 1

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Volume 1, Issue 1 of Upchurch, Watson, White and Max Discusses… is now available in the following PDF, October 2012 Newsletter- Volume 1, Issue 2 . Our newsletter discusses current topics of interest and importance.

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Ben Overton Co-Hosts Judicial Merit Retention Forum

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Upchurch, Watson, White and Max continue to be a leader in educating the public on issues relating to the upcoming merit retention election in November. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice and UWWM mediator Ben F. Overton and The North Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial advocates are hosting a free, public forum on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7 PM. The forum gives the public as well as the sitting Supreme Court Justices, Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince an opportunity to interact with one another.  The attendees will then be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not these Justices should or should not be retained in the November election. This forum along…

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E-discovery increases possibility of mediated resolutions

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The Daily Business Reviews’ October 3, 2012 issue features commentary by UWWM mediator, Robert Cole. The commentary is available in the following PDF, E-discovery increases possibility of mediated resolutions . Robert Cole is a mediation panelist at the firm of Upchurch, Watson White and Max.

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New York Times: “Impartial Justice at Risk”

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In a Sunday editorial dated  October 7, 2012, the New York Times observed that, “[A]ttempted hijacking of what are supposed to be nonpolitical retention elections — essentially referendums focused on a judge’s competence and honesty — is gathering steam in Florida. The state has not removed a sitting Supreme Court justice in 40 years, but this year three worthy justices standing for retention — Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis — may not survive an onslaught from the political right.” The paper pointed out that the justices are being targeted for various rulings that have angered conservatives, among them “a 2010 decision that quite rightly struck from the ballot a misleadingly worded constitutional amendment designed to allow the…

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Merit Retention

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 Welcome to the first installment of “UWWM Discusses…Merit Retention.”  We want to talk with you about merit retention of Florida’s Supreme Court justices and District Court of Appeal judges. You will get input not only from me, but from many of the mediators at Upchurch Watson White & Max.  While we all have our own unique approach to life and our own unique approach to mediation and settlement negotiations, we stand together as one on the issue of merit retention and the important role it plays in our government.   Merit selection and retention insures a fair, impartial and independent judiciary, the cornerstone of our judicial system.  I’ll begin my entry in “UWWM Discusses” with a little story…. Once upon a…

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