ADR Section News & Tips
Message From the Chair
As the only organization in Florida dedicated to members of The Florida Bar who are also alternative dispute resolution professionals, the Florida Bar ADR Section continues to provide value to section members through CLE/CME webinars and publications, responding to proposed rule changes affecting the practice of mediation, presenting programs to improve arbitration skills, and more. These excellent programs and projects are only possible because of our dedicated section members who generously volunteer their time and knowledge to serve the alternative dispute resolution community.
If you would like to serve on a committee of the ADR Section, or if you’d like to volunteer your time and energy to any of our programs, please contact our Florida Bar Program Administrator, Stefanie Svisco, at We look forward to continuing to serve the lawyer-ADR professional community.

Oscar A. Sanchez
OAS Mediation, Miami
2020-2021 ADR Section Chair
Upcoming CLE

  • Nov. 13—Arbitration Mentoring Academy (virtual event - registration information coming soon)

If you know someone who might be interested in joining the ADR Section, please share our membership web page——and let prospective members know that they recoup the annual membership fee by attending just one CLE at the member-discount price! At $45, ADR Section membership is an excellent return on investment.
August 27: Learn How Word Can Make Your Practice More Efficient
Aug. 27, 12 - 1 PM live GoToWebinar. Microsoft Word and Ethics: A Lawyer's Guide to Maximizing its Use and Reducing Errors, presented by attorney-mediator Sarah Kay of Kay Family Law PLLC.

If you're interested in learning more about the nuances of Microsoft Word, how it can make your legal practice more efficient, and how you can protect client data, this CLE is for YOU. Simplify your life and practice by using Word's less commonly known features to decrease errors and increase productivity.

Course 4011. 1.0 General CLE/CME credit, .5 of which may be appled to Ethics, and 1.0 Technology CLE credit. ADR Section members $50; non-members $95.
Coming Soon: Six-Part Wellness Webinar Series
Thank you to The Florida Bar News for this nice write-up about the ADR Section's upcoming six-part webinar series focusing on practical tips for maintaining mental health and emotional well being.

The article quotes ADR Section Chair-elect/Health & Wellness Committee Chair Patrick Russell. The series will feature prominent lecturers, including University of Miami School of Law Professor Scott L. Rogers, director of UM’s Mindfulness in Law Program, and Paula Black, a nationally recognized lawyer coach and author of “A Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Life Not Just a Living.”

The section partnered with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. to produce the webinars, and topics range from “The Ethical Considerations When Using Alternative Dispute Resolution to Bridge the Justice Gap,” to “Balancing Wellness and the Ever-Present Demands of Technology.”

Access wellness resources on The Florida Bar's Mental Health and Wellness Center page and the ADR Section website Health & Wellness page.
Need Free CLE?

Each of these CLE/CME courses is available 24/7 in the ADR Section's YouTube Channel. Florida Bar members may self-report CLE credit through their member portals.
Tips From the Masters: Making the Most of Your Zoom Mediation. Originally presented on May 20, 2020, by attorney-mediators Christina Magee and John Salmon. Course number 3997. Approved by The Florida Bar until Nov. 30, 2021, for 1.0 General CLE/CME credit and 1.0 Technology CLE credit.
Paperless Mediation From A to Z(oom). Originally presented on July 16, 2020, by attorney-mediator Jay Hunston. Course number 3960. Approved by The Florida Bar until January 16, 2022, for 1.0 General CLE/CME, 1.0 Technology CLE credit.
Now Available as a Three-Part Series:
Crushing it at Mediation
"Crushing it at Mediation During the Pandemic and Beyond" originally was presented in June by attorney-mediator David Henry of Henry Mediation P.A., J. Jeffrey Deery and Anthony Sos. The series now is available through The Florida Bar's online InReach CLE catalog in three segments. Choose on-demand or podcast.
The program is designed for both experienced litigators as well as risk managers and claim professionals who regularly participate in mediation.
  • Part One covers important and thought-provoking information on the challenges lawyers face during the pandemic and special concerns with virtual mediation during the pandemic.
  • Part Two further expands upon the best practices for mediation and offers suggestions for changes in current practice habits.
  • Part Three discusses how lawyers may become better mediation advocates, ethical problems and managing conflicts, opening statements, mediator techniques used to bridge the gap, and issues related to drafting durable settlement agreements including confidentiality and enforcement.  
Mediation Search Category for Online CLE/CME
"Mediation" now is a search category in The Florida Bar's InReach online CLE catalog at 

We have created a special—so you can go directly to the search results. Please bookmark the URL; we're adding new CLE courses all the time, and most also qualify for CME credit.
Note: Courses on Arbitration may be included in the search results above but they do not qualify for CME credits.
ADR Section News
NEW: ADR Section LinkedIn Group
Note: You must be logged in to LinkedIn to use the link below and go directly to the group. Otherwise, you will be prompted to log in.

The ADR Section has launched a members-only group on LinkedIn.
The group is intended to be a place where section members can network with ADR professionals, share updates, ask questions, request referrals, get information about section and Florida Bar CLE and events, and more. Membership in the group is a benefit of membership in the ADR Section. We hope this members-only networking opportunity becomes a good resource for your practice.
Dos and Don'ts of Online Mediation
by Kim Torres, Immediate Past ADR Section Chair
  • Dress to impress. Appearance counts … even online. Client who are paying your professional fees expect an attentive and collected appearance.
  • Set up your own work space. Maintain confidentiality and keep free from other distractions. Rent a dedicated office space if that allows you to be more productive.
  • Keep an open microphone during the entire meeting/conference unless you are the speaker.
  • Sit in front of a window or other backlighting. Set up a lamp or selfie-light behind your monitor.
Submit Articles by August 31 for The Common Ground
Here's your chance to share your expertise! The Common Ground is the ADR Section's biannual scholarly publication. Co-Editors Natalie Paskiewicz and Ana Cristina Maldonado are seeking articles that meet these criteria. The deadline is Aug. 31, 2020.
Florida Bar News
How to Set Up InReach Notifications
Never miss another ADR-related CLE! Log in to your InReach account, go to Settings > My Email Preferences. Choose "Alternative Dispute Resolution" and other topics for which you would like to receive email notifications.
Submit Pro Bono Nominations by October 22
The Florida Bar is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Pro Bono Service Awards. The Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar each year honor and recognize lawyers, groups and members of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in ensuring access to justice for those who otherwise could not afford it. The nomination deadline for all categories is Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, no later than 5 PM.
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