ADR Section News & Tips August 2018
Message From the Chair
With the last gasp of summer and back-to school upon us, the ADR Section is working hard to make this section the “place to be” as fall approaches. Stay tuned to the section’s Facebook page and Twitter-verse for up-to-the-minute information about CLE opportunities and other useful information for your practice as a neutral or your advocacy on behalf of your clients in dispute resolution settings.

As I write this, the ADR Section has just completed its August Webinar:  Mediation Skills and Ethical Advocacy for Trial Lawyers , providing tips and information on the ways lawyers can prepare for the most effective and productive mediation, including real-life suggestions on how to be ready mentally, technically and practically for the most successful outcome.
The section will offer a truly innovative webinar on Sept. 18 about the use of collaborative law outside the realm of family law cases.  This ground-breaking program, Collaborative Process: Are Probate and Trust Disputes on the Horizon?, will discuss the techniques of collaborative law with experts in that arena and explore use of those techniques in the area of probate. Registration is available to ADR Section members and other Bar members at THIS LINK

Last but not least, we are planning for the Executive Council’s Sept. 7-8 Retreat in Jensen Beach. If you have ideas or issues that you believe we should include, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on the Executive Council. 

Meanwhile, cold watermelon slices eaten on porch swings await as summer winds down.  Fall can wait its turn. 

Christina Magee, Chair
Brevard Mediation Services, Satellite Beach
MQDRB Seats Available
The Mediator Qualifications Discipline and Review Board has seats available for certified family mediators in three of its four divisions. The MQDRB is the grievance body under the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators. The MQDRB is comprised of over 60 members; up to 17 members each from the four regions of Florida. The members include judges, county mediators, family mediators, circuit mediators, dependency mediators, appellate mediators and non-mediator attorneys who meet in complaint committees and hearing panels when grievances are filed against certified or court-appointed mediators. In addition, the MQDRB’s three-member Qualifications Inquiry Committee reviews issues related to the findings of good moral character required for initial and ongoing certification.  

The MQDRB is currently accepting applications for the following member appointments:
  • Northern Division (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 14th Judicial Circuits) – 3 family mediators
  • Central Division (5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 18th and 19th Judicial Circuits) – 3 family mediators
  • Southeast Division (11th, 15th, 16th and 17th Judicial Circuits) – 1 family mediator

Application deadline Oct. 2, 1018. Please submit a letter of interest and current resume for the appointment in which you are interested to: Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Fax (850) 922-9290 or email
Update: Applications for Mediation Certification Renewal
The Application for Mediation Certification Renewal now requires only a sworn statement, and no longer requires notarization. Please share this information with your colleagues.
If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Kosch, Senior Court Operations Consultant at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, at (850) 921-2910 or .
Collaborative Process: Are Probate and Trust Disputes on the Horizon?
Sept. 18, 2018 - Noon to 1 p.m. This Q&A-format webinar will be presented by attorneys Robert J. Merlin and Juan C. Antúnez and moderated by attorney, mediator and arbitrator A. Michelle Jernigan, an ADR Section Executive Council member. The webinar will educate members about the Collaborative Process and challenge them to use it as a dispute resolution tool in their practices.

Approved for 1.0 Marital & Family Law and 1.0 Wills, Trusts & Estates CLE credit. ADR Section members register for only $50; non-section members $85.
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation CME/CLE
Sept. 21, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hosted by the Florida State University College of Law, 19 Upchurch Watson White & Max mediators with collectively 45,000 mediations and 250 years of experience will present general law, ethics, domestic violence and diversity/cultural awareness topics. Presenters include ADR Section members Rodney Max , Dominic Brandy , Shelley Leinicke , Jeffrey Fleming , Ricardo Cata , Arthur Garcia, Jr. , Howard Marsee K. Judith Lane , Kimberly Sands , Robert Cole , Lawrence Watson, Jr. , Albert Tetrault , A. Michelle Jernigan , John Upchurch and Terrence White .
Approved for 8.0 General and 5.0 Ethics CLE credits. Eligible for up to 8.0 CME hours, including 4 ethics, 2 diversity/cultural awareness and 2 domestic violence. FSU College of Law, Roberts Hall, Room 101.
Online CLE: On Demand or Podcast
If you missed the ADR Section's "Mediation Skills and Ethical Advocacy for Trial Lawyers" CLE, it now is available online in two formats: Watch on demand or download the podcast.

Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit and Appellate Certified Mediator and former trial lawyer Oscar A. Sanchez and Florida Bar Ethics Trial Counsel  Patrick Russell  explain why mediation is not a trial, how to be professional and how to choose a mediation style. ADR Section members receive discounted registration.
The Florida Bar's former Practice Resource Institute now has been rebranded as .

LegalFuel offers strategic tools to help Florida Bar members fuel their law practices with more efficiency and profitability. The site is a resource for learning how to start a new law firm or manage an existing one. It offers tips on specific practice management and technology topics and has an extensive library of free CLE , webinars, podcasts and more.
40 Ways to Make Networking Work (Free Download)
Smart lawyers draw on and give back to their networks for ideas, introductions, information, collaboration and many other things that are key to a healthy law practice. If the term "networking" seems more like a buzzword than a descriptive term for how you interact with personal and professional colleagues, maybe it's time you adopt some new strategies. From, "You are here to help others - not to sell things to them," to "Don't just introduce yourself. Introduce people to each other," t his Attorney at Work column can help you find tips on how to nuture your relationships.
New MEAC Opinions
Links to recent Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) opinions.

Please join us in congratulating  ADR Section Chair Chris Magee , who recently was honored with a 2018 Founders' Award by the  Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers . The association was founded to actively promote leadership roles of women in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large, and to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and the common interests of its members. The annual Founders’ Award was created in 2017 to recognize one male and one female member of BCAWL for their exemplary commitment to promoting equality in the legal profession and the Brevard County community, and for furthering BCAWL’s founding mission.
Call For Authors and Speakers
The ADR Section is seeking volunteers to contribute to our CLE events and publications. We welcome new perspectives! If you have a recent blog post or speech that you can submit as an article for an upcoming issue of the ADR biannual magazine (newly renamed "Common Ground") please contact Michelle Jernigan or Natalie Paskiewicz. If you have a CLE topic idea you'd like to present, please contact Kim Torres.
Committee Service Opportunities
Health & Wellness, Publications Committees Seek Members. If you've been seeking leadership opportunities in the section, here are some chances:

  • Health & Wellness. This new committee will focus on mindfulness and stress management for ADR Section members. Mediators deal with stress related to running their businesses, and often are "targets" for both plaintiffs and defendants during mediation. Please contact Chair Patrick Russell for details.

  • Publications. Editors for the section's monthly News & Tips newsletter and biannual magazine—soon-to-be relaunched as "Common Ground"—are seeking authors and creative content. Email Publications Committee Co-chairs Michelle Jernigan or Natalie Paskiewicz if you'd like to get involved.
Save the Date! ADR Section In-State Retreat
SAVE THE DATE! Don't miss the section's Sept. 7-9 in-state retreat at  Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa  in Jenson Beach. Join your section colleagues for networking, meetings and fun during the fall executive council meeting. We hope to see you there!
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