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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

Mediator: My Story and I'm Sticking to It
Mediator: My Story and I'm Sticking to It This year’s ABA Mediation Week will be here soon, Oct. 12 through 18. Lawyers, dispute resolution professionals, companies, academic institutions, communities, families and organizations of all shapes and sizes will celebrate mediation during that we... Read More

Mediator: Unfolding NFL Events Point to a Way Everyone Can Win
Mediator: Unfolding NFL Events Point to a Way Everyone Can Win Watching the NFL, ESPN, and other news agencies stumble through the Ray Rice incident and the mayhem that has ensued ironically may demonstrate how useful a professional neutral can be in many situations that don’t present as traditional “disputes.” ... Read More

Florida Mediator Asks: Does Jury Verdict Research Have Any Role?
Florida Mediator Asks: Does Jury Verdict Research Have Any Role? For decades there have been databases that purport to predict settlement and jury verdict values based on known factors – liability, injury, expense, disability, venue, etc.; however, most practitioners feel there has never been a methodology more re... Read More

Florida Mediator Advises: Just Show Up, Good Faith Not Required
Florida Mediator Advises: Just Show Up, Good Faith Not Required As a member of The Florida Bar since 1994, Sandy Upchurch has a broad base of litigation experience that allows her to effectively mediate a wide... Read More

Florida mediator takes fresh look at domesic-violence perspectives
Florida mediator takes fresh look at domesic-violence perspectives In Florida, all certified mediators must take a course in domestic violence every two years to satisfy our continuing education requirements. I have to say it irritates me to no end. Every two years? Can’t I take a test and opt out of it? Really, I g... Read More

Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands Asks, "What Is 'Lean In'?"
Florida Mediator Kimberly Sands Asks, "What Is 'Lean In'?" Lean In is the brain child of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Anyone who has not seen her TED Talk on YouTube should do so as it succinctly states the mission of the book and the groups that have developed in response to the book. There are other effec... Read More

Florida Mediator Advises, Work Hard, Play Hard
Florida Mediator Advises, Work Hard, Play Hard Few will disagree that the practice of law is a stressful profession with myriad challenges, ranging from attracting enough business and overseeing operations to dealing with clients, opposing counsel and judges who can drive one to the edge of despa... Read More

Florida Mediator Looks Back at Florida Bar's Annual Convention
Florida Mediator Looks Back at Florida Bar's Annual Convention Among the usual substantive committee meetings and topics were programs on how older attorneys can downsize their practices, advice for young attorneys establishing their practices, and programs on diversity, including race and gender. I was lucky en... Read More

Florida Mediator: Lay Consignment Sale Out in Contract, Not With Handshake
Florida Mediator: Lay Consignment Sale Out in Contract, Not With Handshake Consignment sales are fairly common when a horse owner decides to sell a horse and entrust the sale to either a trainer or owner of a farm, stable or barn. This simple transaction usually falls apart when a problem arises and everybody realizes they ... Read More

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