Cumberland Law Review Presents Mediator Rodney Max at Nov. 20 Symposium

Mediator Rodney A. Max, principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediator Rodney A. Max, principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 12, 2015) - The Cumberland Law Review will present “The Alabama Trial Attorney: Litigation Lessons from Birmingham’s Finest,” featuring mediator Rodney A. Max as one of five speakers, at Cumberland School of Law on the Samford University campus. Organizers say the Nov. 20 event promotes the law school’s commitment to continuing legal scholarship by providing a forum for outstanding trial lawyers -- and, in Mr. Max's case, a former trial attorney and 21-year mediator who is now well-known nationally -- to share their expertise with other legal professionals.

Mr. Max, a principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will deliver his talk, titled "Mediation: Its Place in the Litigation Zoo" at 9:10 a.m., just after opening remarks from Henry Strickland, dean of the Cumberland School of Law and Cody Walker, managing editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Mr. Max has a long history with the Cumberland School of Law; he was a 1975 graduate after serving as associate editor for the law review, served as adjunct professor from 1995 to 2000 and was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013. He founded the Rodney A. Max Mediation Fellowship, awarded to at least one Cumberland Law student each year, in 2005.

The symposium will provide attendees with four (4) hours of free Continuing Legal Education credit. Other speakers will be:
  • Michael D. Mulvaney of Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC, "The Importance of Voir Dire"
  • David H. Marsh of Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC, "The Art of Opening Statements"
  • Walter William “Billy” Bates of Starnes Davis Florie, LLP, "Effective Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses: Do I Ask or Do I Bite My Tongue?"
  • Chris Zulanas of Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC, "Delivering an Effective Closing Argument"
Although the program is free for Alabama attorneys, registration is required to attend. "To register, please send an email to with your name and law firm, if applicable. (Each person must register individually, no group registration.)," according to the Cumberland Law Review Website. "To get CLE Credit: On the day of the event, please bring your Alabama State Bar No. for CLE purposes. Our CLE office will file the sign-in sheets with the State Bar office the next week.  For out-of-state bars, we will have a form that you can file with your bar to receive credit. We cannot file the form for you."
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 seven 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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Upchurch Watson White & Max
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