John Upchurch Addresses Polish Legal Community in Practice of Mediation and Arbitration at Warsaw University Conference

On March 23, 2012, the American Studies Program at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, together with the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce, hosted a conference entitled “Mediation and Arbitration: Similarities and Differences” which addressed the importance of civility and amicability in the conduct of these ADR modalities.

John J. Upchurch (pictured), President and CEO of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, participated on a Panel that addressed mediation and its application in commercial disputes in Poland and the European Union.  He is an adjunct faculty member of the American Studies Program, sponsored by the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, and frequently participates as an instructor in that program at the University of Warsaw.

The conference was organized by Ewa Gmurzynska, who holds a joint faculty appointment by the University of Florida and Warsaw University, and who serves as Director of the American Studies Program in Warsaw.  Also participating were Professor Donald Peters, University of Florida College of Law, and a distinguished group of attorneys, neutrals and academic representatives from the Polish legal community.

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