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First Quarter 2012 ~ UWWM Principals, Shareholders, Panel Members Sought As Speakers / Authors

Lawrence M. Watson, Jr., Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group principal, presented to attendees of the National Association of Home Builders Annual Conference on February 8, at The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Larry was a panel member speaking on construction defect mediations and the impact of the foreclosure crisis on settling those cases.

On March 17th, Mr. Watson presented “The Amendment to Rule 1.720 - What the Civil Trial Attorney and Circuit Civil Mediator Need to Know” at the joint educational seminar of the Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators (ASFMA) and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (FAPM) held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North.

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On February 9th, Sandra Upchurch gave a presentation on “Mediation Advocacy” to members of the Volusia Flagler Women Lawyers Association at their monthly meeting held at the Halifax River Yacht Club in Daytona Beach.

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Family Business Mediation Chair, Gerald LeVan conducted a webinar for Wells Fargo wealth advisors on February 27th.

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Kim Sands and Bob Cole gave a presentation on the recent Amendments to Rule 1.720 (b) regarding appearance at mediation, to meeting attendees of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel (JADC) on Monday, March 12. The meeting was held in the Haskell Building in downtown Jacksonville. The JADC is a group of defense attorneys who work for the most part with insurance companies, business owners, nursing homes, doctors or architects. They also provide continuing legal education and networking opportunities.

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On March 21, Kim Sands addressed attendees of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) 2012 Workhorse Seminar in Orlando. Kim’s presentation “How to Overcome Failure in Mediations in Neck and Back Injury Cases: Avoiding Pitfalls and Overcoming Obstacles”

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Principal, Rodney A. Max has authored numerous articles on mediation for professional journals and seminars, and is a noted speaker on mediation throughout the country. His article "Breaking Impasse ~ The Unique Mediation Opportunity" was published in the March 2012 issue of the Professional Mediation Institute (PMI) newsletter. PMI was formerly known as the Florida Mediation Institute until the organization became national in February this year.

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On March 23, John Upchurch, faculty member of the American Studies Program sponsored by the University of Florida Levin College of Law, participated on a panel addressing mediation and its application in commercial disputes at a Warsaw University Conference entitled “Mediation and Arbitration: Similarities and Differences”.  The conference was a joint venture of the American Studies Program and the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce. Read the complete news article related to this Speaking Engagement.

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