It's Mediation Week 52 Times a Year, but Upchurch Watson White & Max Has Plans for Oct. 11-17

Principal Kimberly Sands, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (from left), Shareholder Richard Lord and mediators Lawrence Kolin and Brandon Peters pose after the official reading and presentation of the proclamation by the City of Orlando. Principal Kimberly Sands, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (from left), Shareholder Richard Lord and mediators Lawrence Kolin and Brandon Peters pose after the official reading and presentation of the proclamation by the City of Orlando on Oct. 5.

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 5, 2015) - Mediation Week 2015 won't change a thing about the way Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group operates; the firm has more than 70 mediation conferences scheduled in its seven offices throughout Florida and in Alabama, as it does almost every other week of the year. However, we have added a few special events to join in the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's fourth annual observance of Mediation Week from Oct. 11 to 17. They are:

  • Alabama Mediator Brad Wash Alabama Mediator Brad Wash

    Alabama Shareholder Brad Wash will be part of a panel giving "Practical Tips From Top Mediators" in a live Webcast from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Oct. 13, sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution . "Whether you are an advocate or a mediator, you will want to get the inside knowledge and experience that these attorney-mediators have to offer," organizers say. "They have mediated every type of case you can imagine!" The panel, which also includes Harold Stephens, Allison Skinner, Ken Simon and Michael Upchurch and is moderated by Sam Crosby, will gather at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama Center for DR received a grant from the ABA DR Section in order to offer this program at a low cost to neutrals in the state, according to Judith M. Keegan, the center's executive director. For more information or to register, click here or here. The Webcast qualifies for 3 Continuing Legal Education credits, 0.5 of which may be applied toward ethics.

  • Mediation Counsel Howard R. Marsee Mediation Counsel Howard R. Marsee

    Florida Mediator, Arbitrator and Special Master Howard R. Marsee will present a CLE Webinar, speaking from Upchurch Watson White & Max's Maitland, Fla., office from noon to 1:20 p.m. EDT, also on Tuesday. Mr. Marsee will discuss “Mathematics and Mediation – ‘Through the Looking Glass’,” a program that borrows a bit from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” to show attendees that negotiation, especially during mediation, is filled with numbers that promise potential for a successful outcome. Moderator Richard B. Lord, a shareholder with UWWM, will accompany Howard on his mathematical journey. The content is designed for trial lawyers who represent clients in mediation. For more information or to register for the no-cost Webinar, which is accredited for 1.5 credit hours of General CLE through The Florida Bar, click here. UWWM's CLE Webinar series is co-sponsored by The University of Florida Levin College of Law Institute for Dispute Resolution.
  • The professional mediators of UWWM, led by Mr. Lord, requested and received a proclamation declaring next week is Mediation Week in the City of Orlando, Fla. During a City Council meeting today, Principal Kimberly Sands, mediators Lawrence Kolin and Brandon Peters and case manager Cathy McCleary were on hand at City Hall, along with Mr. Lord, to listen to Mayor Buddy Dyer read the proclamation and receive it for the record. Robert F. Stuart, city commissioner from District 3, was the proclamation's sponsor and, as such, introduced it during the session. He began by acknowledging the work of volunteer mediators in the Citizen Dispute Settlement program.

The theme of this year’s ABA Mediation Week is “Mediation: Successes, Challenges, Trends and the Next Generation: Looking to the past, present and future,” according to "Programs held during ABA Mediation Week will provide neutrals, advocates and policy makers with inspiration and tools necessary to bridge the gap that often prevents amicable resolution of disputes." Upchurch Watson White & Max's themes coordinate well as the firm, too, is focusing on tools for practitioners and making the public more aware of the potential for resolution that mediation presents.

About Upchurch Watson White & Max

A nationally leading mediation specialty firm, Upchurch Watson White & Max is known for facilitating reasonable agreements to resolve complex issues. From eight offices in Florida and Alabama, Supreme Court certified attorney mediators with wide-ranging specialties serve as court-appointed and privately employed mediators, arbitrators and third-party neutral case managers, implementing innovative methods of alternative dispute resolution across the country. On the Web:

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