Florida Mediator to Speak at SEALI Conference

Florida Mediator Rodney Max of Upchurch Watson White & Max Rodney Max, Principal


The Southeast Admiralty Law Institute will host Rodney A. Max of Upchurch Watson White & Max as a speaker for its annual conference, set for Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, 2013, in Savannah, Ga.

Mr. Max will discuss ethics from a mediator's point of view, covering various issues a mediator faces with respect to the parties and their attorneys while in the process of conducting a mediation. His presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29.

The conference will be at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott, 100 General McIntosh Blvd. Early registration is still available until Thursday, June 27, and on-site registration is available all the days of the conference. For more details, see

Other conference highlights include:
  • "Professionalism: Improving the Image of the Legal Profession" with Bruce Turkel, CEO of  Turkel Brands of Miami, and Andrew L. Waks of Waks & Barnett, P.A., in Miami.
  • "Recent Maritime Law Developments in the 5th, 9th and 10th Circuits" with Meredith W. Blanque of Phelps Dunbar, LLP, New Orleans.
  • "Pirates are on board! Now what?" with James C. Arnold, of counsel at Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau in Houston.
  • "Non-Employee Maritime Personal Injury Primer" with John P. Kavanagh, Jr., of Burr & Forman, LLP, in Mobile, Ala.
  • "Developments in Vessel Regulation: Requirements, Cost and Consequences" with Gary E. English, of the Marine Forensic & Investigation Group in Summerville, S.C.
  • "Arbitration of a Maritime Personal Injury Case" with Israel Reyes, The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., Coral Gables, Fla.
  • "Recent Maritime Law Developments in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court" with Edward J. “Trip” Coyne, III of Williams Mullen in Wilmington, N.C.
  • "Marine Insurance" with Marcus R. Tucker of Royston Rayzor of Houston.
  • "Recent Maritime Law developments in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th Circuits" with Theresa M. Bennett of the Law Offices of Theresa M. Bennett in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"All the SEALI states now have some form of mandatory CLE (continuing legal education) requirements," conference organizers say. "In Georgia, this program qualifies for 10 CLE Hours (based on a 60-minute hour), 1 hour of ethics credit, 1 hour of professionalism credit and 3
hours of trial credit." They have applied to the bar associations of all SEALI states for  appropriate credit, but are not guaranteeing the credit will be approved in all states. However, "this program also qualifies for 4.5 Maritime Law Association credit points toward membership as Proctor in Admiralty," they said.

About Upchurch Watson White & Max

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