May 2018
Message From the Chair-Elect
We are looking forward to an amazing Florida Bar Annual Convention!!! But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at the preview in this newsletter for the June 14 panel discussion on recent developments in international mediation, anticipated practical effects and practice pointers, hosted by the UF Levin School of Law.

If that isn’t enough, the ADR Section is doing a deep dive into mediation dynamics so please join us for the “Inside the Mediator’s Mind” CLE, also on June 14. Sign up for this CLE through Annual Convention registration. Immediately following the CLE, the section holds its reception. Come network with friends old and new.
Last but far from least, the section will hold its Annual Meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 15, and present its three inaugural awards: Mediation Publication of the Year, Lifetime Professionalism, and Young Lawyer Member of the Year.

Amazing, right?!? Hope to see you there and if not, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the Executive Council with questions or concerns. 

Christina Magee, Chair-Elect
Brevard Mediation Services
Satellite Beach
Please join us in congratulating ADR Section Secretary  Kim W. Torres on being named among the  Florida Association for Women Lawyers  2018 Leaders in the Law! Kim was nominated by the  Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers . The recognition is intended to promote women who have made meaningful contributions in their communities through their legal service or volunteer activities and who have served as positive role models for other FAWL members.
What the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Could Mean for the Practice of International Arbitration
Please join the UF Levin College of Law during The Florida Bar Annual Convention for an exciting panel discussion on a game-changing new development in the fields of cross-border mediation and international arbitration. Coordinated by UF Law Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen and moderated by Effie D. Silva of Duane Morris LLP, this panel will discuss the provisions of what will be known as the Singapore Convention. This brand-new Convention is likely to have far-reaching implications for your practice as it will provide for the international recognition of foreign settlement agreements resulting from mediation. Please come to hear experts including corporate clients and parties discuss what they are looking for in their mediators and outside counsel in light of this changing international arbitration landscape.

  • Sonia Zeledon, Regional Counsel–Americas, Business Integrity Group at Nokia Corporation
  • Leon Skornicki, Legal Counsel, Visa, Inc.
  • Stacie L. Strong, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law, University of Missouri
  • Timothy Schnabel, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of State

Thursday, June 14 – 4-5:30 p.m. 
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Florida Ballroom G
No charge to attend; register through UF Law . Florida Bar CLE credit approval pending.
Florida Bar Annual Convention Events
Network with your colleagues during The Florida Bar Annual Convention June 13 - 16 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Download the brochure and register online for one of the many CLEs, special events and meetings. Annual Convention hotel reservations also are available; book now to reserve your space.
ADR Section Events
During Annual Convention

Thursday, June 14

  • Inside the Mediator's Mind Live CLE Program 1 to 4 p.m. in Jade-Lexington. Through a hands-on mediation exercise, participants interact with mediators resolving a fictionalized retaliatory discharge case arising out of the #MeToo movement. Get an insider’s view of different mediation techniques as three different mediators with distinct styles “mediate live.” What works, what fails and why will be addressed by the mediators and participants. Course No. 2857R. CLE: General 3.0 hours. Register online.

  • ADR Section Membership Reception 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Flagler. Following the CLE, attendees and ADR Section members are invited to join section leadership at the annual membership reception. Come mingle and share food and drinks with ADR for the first reception of the night!

Friday, June 15

  • ADR Section Executive Council Meeting 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Conrad.
New MEAC Opinions
MEAC has recently issued two new opinions.  2017-016 addresses how to handle the dilemma of mandatory reporting for vulnerable adults in nursing home tort cases.  2017-017 takes up trainee certification issues.
Henry To Present at OCBA Mediation Seminar
ADR Section Executive Council member David Henry will co-present a mediation seminar for the Orange County Bar Association’s ADR Committee on June 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the OCBA office. “The Next To Last Mediation Seminar You Will Ever Need” will cover mediation advocacy, best practices and ethics. Proceeds from the seminar will benefit Elevate Orlando , a civic nonprofit dedicated to equipping and empowering underserved youth to graduate with a plan for the future. Henry is a shareholder in the Orlando office of Marshall Dennehey and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil and Appellate Mediator. View CLE details at this link .
Sanchez To Present at NBI CLE
Oscar Sanchez, also an ADR Section Executive Council member, will present on ethics during the June 22 National Business Institute's "Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know" CLE. The event takes place at  Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore . Sanchez is the founder of OAS Mediation in Miami and is a Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit and Appellate certified mediator. CLE registration and details at this link .
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!
Submit Your News
The ADR Section monthly newsletter will publish updates about your firm, recent speaking engagements, awards, announcements and more. Please email your news to Section Administrator Gabby Tollok at .
Call For Authors and Speakers
The Alternative Dispute Resolution 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 News & Tips or if you have a CLE topic idea you'd like to present, please contact Florida Bar CLE Commmittee Representative Kim Torres.
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