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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

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

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