Florida Mediators Present Educational Programs

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 1, 2013) – Panel members from the Upchurch Watson White & Max mediation group crisscrossed the state last month to provide educational opportunities to litigators and fellow mediators. These engagements included:
  • Principal and shareholder Michael S. Orfinger was the primary trainer for the Appellate Mediation Certification course at the University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative in Tampa on April 12. This is the third year Mr. Orfinger has served in this capacity for the collaborative. He is based in Daytona Beach but mediates and arbitrates throughout the state.
  • Mr. Orfinger also presented a teleconference on April 18 for the National Business Institute and Institute for Paralegal Education, teaching the latest civil mediation tactics. He designed the program, “Effective Strategies for Mediation Advocates – How to 'Win' the Mediation,” for civil attorneys but said that paralegals also could benefit from it.
  • Robert A. Cole, mediation counsel, spoke on professionalism and civility for the 19th Circuit Bench Bar Conference in Port St. Lucie on Friday, April 12. Mr. Cole was the first speaker of the day, giving a talk subtitled “The New Oath and You.” All of the bar associations of the 19th Judicial Circuit and Florida Rural Legal Services presented the conference at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Mr. Cole, who is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and mediates throughout the state, said there were about 150 attendees.
  • Mr. Cole also spoke on effective mediation planning and strategy in Orlando on April 26.  With Daniel Kissane, he presented "Negotiation 101: Don’t Just Attend Your Next Mediation - Win It” at an afternoon breakout session of the Cole Scott & Kissane PA "School of Claims" Seminar. Mr. Cole reported about 600 seminar attendees.
  • Mediation Panelist Sandra C. Upchurch met with a group of litigators in Orlando on April 24 to network, share foreclosure mediation stories and present a program titled “Life After Foreclosure Mediations: Mediation Advocacy and So Much More.”
  • Shareholder Kimberly Sands presented “Ethical Issues in Negotiation and Mediation” at the Palm Beach County Bar Association Golf Mixer & CLE on April 26. The one-hour seminar included the seven elements of negotiation, including the best alternative to a negotiated agreement, and negotiation tactics and responses.

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