Five Mediators Present Continuing Mediator Education (CME) at Florida Dispute Resolution Conference

Rodney A. Max, mediator and firm principal

Upchurch Watson White & Max Panelists Join Forces With State Senator, Pulse Nightclub Hostage Negotiator to Discuss Innovation in Mediation

Five mediators from Upchurch Watson White & Max have formed unique teams to present cutting-edge programming for the 25th annual conference of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center this week at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando.

Firm principals Rodney A. Max and Lawrence M. "Larry" Watson Jr. will discuss "Mediation in Public Policy" with state Sen. Gary Farmer of Fort Lauderdale in two 75-minute sessions on Friday. "Mediation in the last quarter of a century has proven itself as an effective process for resolving cases within the judicial branch of our government at the federal state, and local levels." The presentation makes the case for extending the benefit of mediation — effective and efficient decision-making — to the legislative and executive branches as well, conference organizers explain.

A third UWWM principal, Kimberly Sands, and ADR counsel Howard R. Marsee plan to make attendees a big part of both of their 75-minute sessions. As food for thought, Ms. Sands and Mr. Marsee are prepared to share a dozen scenarios, sparking open discussion of "the perplexing, serious, not-so-serious, and sometimes bizarre problems that vex, test and entertain the busy mediator." Their topic, "How Do You Deal with This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation," invites proposed solutions and further questions.

For a 75-minute session early Friday afternoon, "De-escalating Potentially Dangerous Mediation Proceedings," UWWM mediator Brandon Peters has invited veteran hostage negotiator Rick Salcedo to join him in discussing ways to enhance mediator awareness and maximize participant safety during highly emotional mediations. The team will focus on "actual scenarios including discussing Detective Salcedo's role in directing communications with barricaded hostages during the tragic Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016."       

This year's conference theme is "Passion, Purpose & Peacemaking." Although some of its 47 sessions are full, registrations are still being accepted; for full details, click here. It is possible to earn 13.2 hours of Continuing Mediator Education (CME) by attending. Additionally, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available as follows:

  • 13.0 General hours
  • 3.0 Bias Elimination
  • 6.0 Ethics
  • 13.0 Civil Trial Certification Credit
  • 13.0 Marital and Family Law Certification Credit

 All sessions featuring UWWM panelists are scheduled for Friday, as follows:

  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.: "How Do You Deal with This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation," offering 1.5 credits of Ethics CME.
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.: "Mediation in Public Policy," offering 1.5 credits of Circuit CME.
  • 1-2:15 p.m.: "De-escalating Potentially Dangerous Mediation Proceedings," offering 1.5 credits of Interpersonal Violence CME.

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 eight 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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