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Return to Civility: How to Communicate More Effectively in Today’s Professional Environment
Return to Civility: How to Communicate More Effectively in Today’s Professional Environment I recently had the great pleasure of joining Donna DeVaney Stockham, a principal with Stockham Law Group, and Michael Parker, a shareholder in the law firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, in a panel discussion titled “Return to Civility... Read More

Mediator/Professor Tries to Model Patience, Diplomacy for Students
Mediator/Professor Tries to Model Patience, Diplomacy for Students Last weekend, I attended a picnic sponsored by the law school. One of my students came over to the table where I was working and introduced me to her significant other. The young man told me that my student had been encouraging him to use some of the... Read More

Law School Exercise Challenges Stereotypes, Assumptions
Law School Exercise Challenges Stereotypes, Assumptions During our third week of class, I created a new exercise to help my students identify stereotypes and learn to refrain from prejudging other people. I asked the students to characterize the homes in which they were raised and to share one important f... Read More

Law School Professor/Mediator Feels More at Home
Law School Professor/Mediator Feels More at Home What a difference seven days can make. During my second week as a law school professor, I felt much more confident in my abilities at the lectern. In no small part, that was because none of my students dropped the course after hearing me speak in wee... Read More

Teaching Law School Class About Mediation
Teaching Law School Class About Mediation I have always wanted to teach a law school class. So, when the Dean of Academic Affairs at FAMU College of Law called to invite me to teach a course about mediation, I jumped at the opportunity. After 23 years as a practicing lawyer, I am finally c... Read More

Basic Training 2: Gaining Mediation Insight
Basic Training 2: Gaining Mediation Insight Scheduling can be one of the biggest challenges in getting ready for a mediation, particularly if the case involves numerous attorneys. It is important to place a hold on the mediator’s calendar as soon as possible so that you will preserve the date.... Read More

Basic Training: What is Mediation?
Basic Training: What is Mediation? Earlier this year, shareholder Michelle Jernigan took part in a boot camp for paralegals. She offered fundamental advice about hiring a mediator and assisting when a mediation takes place. What is mediation? A professional neutral helps disputing pa... Read More

Alabama Mediator: Is Mediator's Proposal a Last Resort?
Alabama Mediator: Is Mediator's Proposal a Last Resort? My Upchurch Watson White & Max colleagues and I recently discussed the concept of a Mediator's Proposal (MP), which gave me the opportunity to lay out my position on this mediation tool. For me, the polestars for the mediation process generally are m... Read More

Getting to a Decision-Maker; What's Changed Since Rule 1.720(e), Fla. RCiv. Pro.?
Getting to a Decision-Maker; What's Changed Since Rule 1.720(e), Fla. RCiv. Pro.? I don’t think anyone expected Rule 1.720(e), to resolve all issues concerning authority to settle at mediation. The Rule requires the service of a statement executed by counsel or a party identifying the representative attending the mediation on its ... Read More

Mediators' Partnership with UF ADR Team Builds Mentorship, Friendship and Service
Mediators' Partnership with UF ADR Team Builds Mentorship, Friendship and Service The University of Florida ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) team competes in about five intercollegiate competitions annually. Closely coordinated with the American Bar Association, many of these meets take place in conjunction with the national c... Read More

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