Panel Members Attend Special Masters Conference

  Howard Marsee 'Special Masters' article published in
State Bar magazine

Two members of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group recently attended the American Law Institute / Amercian Bar Association seminar "The Art and Science of Serving as a Special Master in Federal and State Courts" in Washington, D.C.

Principal Michael Orfinger and mediation panelist, Howard R. Marsee (right) both of whom are certified Circuit Court mediators, participated in this conference. The seminar was sponsored with the cooperation of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM), of which Mr. Marsee is a member.

Mr. Marsee has authored the article "Utilizing 'Special Masters' in Florida: Unanswered Questions, Practical Considerations, and the Order of Appointment" , dealing with the law governing the appointment of special masters in Florida. The article was published in the October 2007 issue of  The Florida Bar Journal . (Article is posted in it's entirety on our resource page.)

Special masters have long served as judicial adjuncts in both state and federal courts. Recent amendements to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the tightening of judicial budgets have made the master's role even more relevant to today's legal practice. Special masters are able to assist the courts in many aspects of case administration, including the burgeoning field of electronic discovery. They can likewise be invaluable in complex or multi-district litigation that requires more attention than a single judge's docket will allow.

Article is posted in its entirety on our resource page.

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