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5 Tips for Strategic Negotiation
5 Tips for Strategic Negotiation Recently, I addressed members of the Florida Justice Association at its annual Workhorse Conference in Orlando, Fla. The presentation was titled “Deconstructing Mediation: Finding Leverage and Maintaining Tactical Advantage in Mediation.” The confere... Read More

Law School Class Feels a Little Flat After Exciting Speaker
Law School Class Feels a Little Flat After Exciting Speaker After last week’s incredible guest lecture by a veteran crisis negotiator from the Orlando Police Department, my lecture this week felt “flat” by comparison. The visiting detective truly was a tough act to follow. It’s not that the material we were c... Read More

Mediator Ricardo J. Cata to Speak at International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference in Miami on Feb. 27
Mediator Ricardo J. Cata to Speak at International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference in Miami on Feb. 27 Ricardo J. Cata, mediation counsel with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will join three other panelists to discuss "Hot Topics in International Arbitration" for the International Litigation, Arbitration & (Business) Transactions Conferen... Read More

Crisis Negotiator Mediation Students How to Redirect Unproductive Behaviors
Crisis Negotiator Mediation Students How to Redirect Unproductive Behaviors We had another guest speaker join us this week for class at Florida A&M University College of Law – a veteran detective for the Orlando Police Department who happens to be one of the agency’s most experienced crisis negotiators. My students and I sat... Read More

Guess Who's Coming to Mediation Approved 1.0 Hr. FL Bar CLE Credits 1.0 General Course #1501028N until 8/16/2016 Presented by: A. Michelle Jernigan, Dominic Brandy and... Read More

Upchurch Watson White & Max Partner/Mediator a Panelist for Product Liability Conference Feb. 26-27 in Miami
Upchurch Watson White & Max Partner/Mediator a Panelist for Product Liability Conference Feb. 26-27 in Miami Rodney A. Max, a principal and mediator with a Florida- and Alabama-based dispute resolution firm, will speak at the upcoming Perrin Conferences Products Liability Conference at the James Royal Palm. Rodney A. Max has been named Best Lawyers Lawyer o... 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

'Lean In' Group Adds Value to Legal Profession for Local Women
'Lean In' Group Adds Value to Legal Profession for Local Women Upchurch Watson White & Max recently sponsored its first "Lean In" luncheon for 2015. This program was organized in 2013 and is loosely based on the writings of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her book of the same name. Its goal is to educate, inspi... 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

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

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