UWWM shareholder Robert Cole
recently spoke for a 50-minute session, labeled "Circuit Civil Ethical Considerations," for the seventh annual N.E. Florida CME Seminar for Mediators, which was planned and presented by The Jacksonville Bar Association's ADR Practitioners Committee.
Shareholder Bob Cole
The annual event began seven years ago, "when we started realizing that Miami, Orlando and Tampa were about the only places within the state where you could get the required (Continuing Mediator Education)," said John J. "Jake" Schickel, a founding partner of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson & Posgay of Jacksonville, and an organizer and founder of the seminar.
"It's still going strong," he said. "About 40 attend each year. ... Robert Cole was a perfect person to ask to become involved since he's out there mediating now, not lawyering." The seminar rotates among several Jacksonville locations, but this year it was at Florida Coastal School of Law.
Mr. Cole's presentation, titled "The Right Way to Do the Right Thing," featured a series of hypothetical ethical dilemmas arising during the mediation of a “typical” personal injury case.
Mr. Cole is based in Jacksonville but mediates throughout the state. He also was born and raised in Jacksonville and attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. Mr. Cole returned to Jacksonville after law school and began practicing, specializing in significant injury and wrongful death, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and design professional liability cases. Mr. Cole has been a Certified Mediator since July 2010 and joined Upchurch Watson White & Max in January 2012.