The American Bar Association recognizes the third week in October as Mediation Week to educate the public about mediation. We are encouraged to recognize the importance of the work of neutrals, advocates, and policymakers and celebrate the strides we have made in institutionalizing mediation as a dispute resolution process. Members of the ADR Section are hosting “Mediation Mixers” during October to highlight Mediation Week (Oct. 17–21), provide information about Section membership, and encourage networking and camaraderie among fellow mediators. All are invited; learn more here.
Welcome to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of The Florida Bar. It is my honor to serve as the Section’s Chair for 2022-2023. I look forward to working with the Section’s talented Executive Council members and committee chairs during this year.
The ADR Section is an organization for lawyers interested in alternative dispute resolution that provides a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas regarding alternative dispute resolution. The Section was created to serve not only lawyers who serve as ADR professionals but also lawyers who participate in alternate dispute resolution through their law practice.
The Section offers many benefits to its members. Not only is the Section an excellent place to network; it is also a great source of information about alternative dispute resolution. The Section offers quality “on-demand” and live continuing legal education programs that address dispute resolution from almost every angle, whether it be ADR rules, ethics, ADR strategies, the use of technology and health and wellness. In addition to the Section’s robust continuing legal education offerings, our Section also periodically offers live mentoring academies—one focusing on arbitration and one focusing on mediation. The mentoring academies are hands-on training opportunities that provide unique opportunities to learn from the masters of ADR. Finally, the Section’s electronic publications, The Common Ground and News & Tips are great sources of information relating to dispute resolution. Past editions of The Common Ground and News & Tips are available on the Section’s website. I commend these publications to you.
All of the Section benefits that I have described are a result of the contributions of our volunteer Section members. It is through the collective efforts of our Section members that our Section thrives. If you are a member of The Florida Bar and are interested in alternative dispute resolution, I encourage you to join our Section. If you are a member of our Section who has not actively participated in our Section, I encourage you to become actively involved in our Section. Both you and the Section will benefit from your active involvement.
I hope I have provided you with insight into our Section. I am happy to discuss our Section with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments or suggestions.
2022-23 ADR Section Chair