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Nov
9
Thu
NSU Law Inaugural Mediator and Lawyer Forum @ NSU Florida Shepard Broad College of Law
Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join your South Florida friends and colleagues on Nov. 9 from 4-6 PM for NSU Law’s Inaugural Mediator and Lawyer Forum, a free event that’s open to all. The forum focuses on the ethical obligations and professional standards of lawyers and mediators. The work of the forum will be used to update the Florida Mediation Best Practices Handbook. Participants will receive the updated edition of the Handbook with an expected release in the Fall of 2023. Course number and Ethics CLE credit pending approval. This forum is offered at no cost to the participants and refreshments will be served.

WHEN:  Thursday, November 9, 2023, 4-6 PM
WHERE:  NSU Law Library, Third Floor Forum

 

Nov
14
Tue
Trust Me, I’m a Mediator: Building Trust and Positioning Parties for Settling Disputes @ Live Zoom Webinar
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

November 14 NEW DATE:  Live Zoom Webinar by Gena Abel-Barnes and Megan Moschell. Course number 8048. 1 CLE, .5 Mental Health & Wellness credit, and 1 Marital & Family Law credit. All registrants have 90-day, on-demand access. ADR Section members register for only $50. REGISTER

This course is based on the need for mediators to establish trust among all parties to a mediation, while maintaining neutrality. This approach can result in more successful mediation and better eventual outcomes. Better outcomes benefit the parties’ cases, as well as their mental health. This approach can be used in all medications, but especially in family law cases in which stress levels are high.

Smiling woman wearing glassesGena Abel-Barnes is the owner and founder of Abel Counseling, Consulting, and Mediation. Abel CCM is a private practice that supports Florida 1st and 2nd generation immigrants during challenging times in their life by providing individual and couples therapy, mediation services, and notary assistance.

Since 2018, Gena has had the pleasure and opportunity to use her virtual practice to use her conflict resolution skills to assist business owners and everyday Floridians resolve disputes on their terms.

Gena is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Florida Supreme Court-certified county mediator, and a Notary Public. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master’s degree in Counselor Education and her Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been licensed in the state of Florida since 2014.

When she’s not working, Gena enjoys traveling with her husband and playing tug of war with their dog Queenie. She also enjoys sewing, going on cruises, and reading.

Smiling womanMegan Moschell is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator and has been mediating throughout Florida in her firm, Miami Mediation Group, since 2017. Megan is a member of the Florida Bar and practices as a 3rd generation attorney with her father in the area of estate planning and probate administration.

Megan also serves on the Executive Council of the ADR Section of the Florida Bar and in several committees. Megan is active in the Dade County Bar serving on the Probate & Guardianship, Professionalism, and ADR Committees. Additionally, she is a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator and a Guardian Ad Litem.

Megan graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. She has also received certificates in Post Crisis Leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the USF Muma College of Business.

When she’s not resolving disputes or practicing law, Megan coaches bar exam students and enjoys going to the movies and traveling with her husband.

 

Dec
1
Fri
December Mediator’s Forum (FREE and Open to All) @ Zoom
Dec 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

December Mediator’s Forum, FREE and Open to All. December 1, 8–9 AM Mediator’s Forum:  “Brackets” facilitated by John Salmon and Chris Magee.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6234095288
Meeting ID: 623 409 5288
One tap mobile: +13052241968,,6234095288# US

Join your fellow Florida mediators for monthly Mediator’s Forums on Zoom to facilitate the exchange of ideas between fellow mediators. We offer a welcoming environment where our state’s community of mediators can explore the nuances of our shared interests in ADR topics, share ideas along a broad spectrum of mediators, ask questions, and learn about our craft.

Dec
12
Tue
December Arbitrator’s Forum (Free and Open to All) @ Zoom
Dec 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Calling all members of The Florida Bar who handle arbitration—or anyone who’s interested in learning more about arbitration in Florida. Please join us for the ADR Section’s Arbitration Committee for Arbitrator’s Forums on the second Tuesday of each month. The December 12 forum topic is “The Challenges of Being a Panel Arbitrator.” Learn more about intra-panel arbitrator relations, including apparent and actual neutrality, among other aspects of the dynamics that arise under such circumstances.

The Zoom credentials are the same for each Forum:

  • Join the Zoom Meeting here
  • Meeting ID: 817 1009 4208
  • Passcode: 567343

The ADR Section’s Arbitration Committee introduced the forum to create a community of better arbitration neutrals in our state. Join your fellow Florida neutrals on Zoom to discuss what works, what puzzles you, and what might improve your practice. Questions? Contact ADR Section Arbitration Committee Chair Patricia H. Thompson, FCIArb, at 305-794-4345 cell, 305-371-5267 office or pthompson@jamsadr.com for more information.

What: TFB ADR Section’s Arbitrator’s Forum
When: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 8–9 AM

Dec
13
Wed
Professionalism, Preparation, and Effective Representation of Clients in Non-Binding Arbitration @ Zoom Webinar
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by Jeffrey Adelman, Leonore Greller, and Meah Rothman Tell. This program is part of an ongoing CLE series on non-binding arbitration hosted by the ADR and Trial Lawyers Sections of The Florida Bar. Course number 8187 is approved for 1 CLE; 1 Civil Trial certification credit. ADR and Trial Lawyers Section members register for only $65. REGISTER

More and more cases are being referred by the courts to mandatory non-binding arbitration. This presentation will focus on arbitration advocates’ professionalism, preparation, and effective representation of clients in non-binding arbitration.  These advocacy “tips” are designed to assist attorneys in navigating the non-binding arbitration process to best represent their clients while maintaining their professionalism throughout the process.

Presenters:
Jeffrey Adelman, Esq.
Leonore Greller, Esq.
Meah Rothman Tell, Esq.

12:00 PM – 12:05 PM
Introduction of the Topic and the Speakers and logistics for posting questions during the webinar

12:05 PM – 12:15 PM
Professionalism matters. Guidelines for Professionalism. Arbitrator Responsibilities to the Court and the Arbitration Process– Rules 11.050 and 11.060. Understanding how professionalism and arbitration benefits your client. Virtual arbitrations. Green arbitrations. Dealing with self-represented parties. Are both parties present?

12:15 PM – 12:20 PM
Pre-arbitration issues. Selecting the arbitrator or use court-appointed arbitrator. Pre-arbitration conferences. Written summaries of case

12:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Preparation is key. From case management orders to meticulous presentations. Provide the arbitrator with the information they need to render an award in favor of your client, including providing case law. Use of affidavits, live testimony, reports, depositions

12:40 PM – 12:55 PM
Other Advocacy Tips for Effective Representation. Know the rules, statutes, local administrative orders and policies. Make it clear what relief you are seeking. What type of award you are seeking (simple, reasoned or full award)

12:55 PM – 1:00 PM
Questions and Answers

Jan
5
Fri
January Mediator’s Forum (FREE and Open to All) @ Zoom
Jan 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

January Mediator’s Forum, FREE and Open to All. January 5, 8–9 AM Mediator’s Forum:  “War Stories” facilitated by John Salmon and Chris Magee.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6234095288
Meeting ID: 623 409 5288
One tap mobile: +13052241968,,6234095288# US

Join your fellow Florida mediators for monthly Mediator’s Forums on Zoom to facilitate the exchange of ideas between fellow mediators. We offer a welcoming environment where our state’s community of mediators can explore the nuances of our shared interests in ADR topics, share ideas along a broad spectrum of mediators, ask questions, and learn about our craft.

Jan
9
Tue
January Arbitrator’s Forum (Free and Open to All) @ Zoom
Jan 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Invite a fellow arbitrator and join us for the next FREE forum session on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. The theme is “Arbitrator Neutrality: An Advanced Discussion.”

Keep your calendars marked for the monthly forum sessions!

What: TFB ADR Section’s Arbitrator’s Forum
When: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 8:00–9:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81710094208?pwd=V0NBLzhwdWtmYnNxM1Z5TW1Qb2pyUT09
Meeting ID: 817 1009 4208
Passcode: 567343

For more information, please contact Patricia H. Thompson, FCIArb, by phone at (305) 794-4345 cell, (305) 371-5267 office, or by email at pthompson@jamsadr.com.

The Arbitration Committee of The Florida Bar ADR Section’s “Arbitrator’s Forum” is designed to create a community of better arbitration neutrals in our state. We listen and learn from each other by talking through common arbitration challenges and how they might be better resolved. Arbitrators: Please join your fellow Florida neutrals each month to discuss what works, what puzzles you, and how you might improve your practice.

Jan
22
Mon
Nonbinding Arbitration Hearings: Learn How or Get Left Behind! @ Zoom Webinar
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

10–11:30 AM: (8190) Nonbinding Arbitration Hearings: Learn How or Get Left Behind! by Christopher M. Shulman and Rodney G. Romano.

This is a unique opportunity to observe two well-respected attorneys and ADR neutrals during a mock non-binding arbitration. Learn best practices and strategic techniques to be an effective advocate at NBA. Chris Shulman and Rodney Romano will share their expertise for attorneys new to NBA and those who want to improve their skills. You don’t want to miss this. Course number 8190 is approved for 2 CLE; 2 Civil Trial certification credits. Section members register for only $65. REGISTER

The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Trial Lawyers’ Section have joined forces to provide a series of webinars in 2024 to ensure that you know everything you need to know to represent your clients in non-binding arbitration.

  • What are the current best practices?
  • If the rules for non-binding arbitration change, what impact will that have on your advocacy?
  • How do the new proposed rules differ from the current procedures?
  • What are the traps for the unwary and how can you avoid them?

Join us for these informative and cutting-edge webinars, knowing that you are getting the most up-to-date information from highly experienced practitioners in this area of the law. Two additional webinars will be held in 2024; details will be available soon.

AGENDA

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM
Introductions

10:05 AM – 10:15 AM
Prehearing Conference between arbitrator and counsel

10:15 AM – 10:55 AM
Nonbinding Arbitration Hearing: arbitrator convenes; each counsel makes presentations

10:55 AM – 11:08 AM
Posthearing arbitrator deliberation and explanation of award

11:08 AM – 11:30 AM
Q&A by attendees as to hearing and arbitrator tasks

  • Discussion of handout materials
  • Arbitration Guidelines Documents (both presenters’)
  • Additional discussion regarding attorney prep and presentation (time permitting)
  • Conclusion
Feb
2
Fri
February Mediator’s Forum (FREE and Open to All) @ Zoom
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

February Mediator’s Forum, FREE and Open to All. February 2, 8–9 AM:  “Mediator’s Proposal” facilitated by Greg Holder. Get details here.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6234095288
Meeting ID: 623 409 5288
One tap mobile: +13052241968,,6234095288# US

Join your fellow Florida mediators for monthly Mediator’s Forums on Zoom to facilitate the exchange of ideas between fellow mediators. We offer a welcoming environment where our state’s community of mediators can explore the nuances of our shared interests in ADR topics, share ideas along a broad spectrum of mediators, ask questions, and learn about our craft.

Feb
19
Mon
Arbitration Advocacy Institute @ Zoom
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Second Virtual Arbitration Advocacy Institute is a one-day, virtual workshop for attorney-arbitrators. This seminar is the answer to the question, “How can I improve my arbitration skills?” The Institute takes place only every other year. Don’t miss out on the 2024 experience. Held virtually, priced cost-effectively, delivered in a single day, and certain to enhance your knowledge and ability to handle arbitrations for your clients. REGISTER

Special thanks to our featured sponsors, the American Arbitration AssociationApproved Dispute Resolution, JAMS, Meah Rothman Tell, P.A., and Upchurch Watson White & Max. Interested in sponsorship? Click here.

February 19, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Course number 8273 is approved for 6.5 CLE credits, 1.5 of which may be applied toward Ethics; 2 Technology)

  • Regular Registration (after February 12):  ADR Section Members $185, non-section members$230 (includes section membership), faculty/law students $60

What you will learn:

  • What to do when parties, witnesses, advocates or arbitrators engage in unethical conduct;
  • How to manage the mechanics of virtual and hybrid arbitration proceedings and why having this knowledge enables you to fulfill the Greener Arbitration Pledge;
  • A.I. in arbitration;
  • What a group of experienced arbitrators think separates good arbitration advocates from exceptional arbitration advocates; and
  • How to lock in your award of damages, costs and expenses of the arbitration proceeding to your client’s benefit.

AGENDA AND PRESENTERS

9:15 AM: Addressing the Challenges of Unethical Conduct in Arbitration by Advocates, Parties, Witnesses, and Arbitrators (Patricia Thompson, Chris Shulman, Lori Adelson, and Chardean Mavis Hill)

10:10 AM: The Mechanics of Virtual and Hybrid Arbitration Proceedings, Protocols, and the Greener Arbitration Pledge (Angela Romero-Valedon and Aaron J. Horowitz)

11:30 AM: Is there a Place for Artificial Intelligence in Arbitration? (Ido Alexander, Meah Tell, and Jordan Turk)

12:25–1 PM Lunch Break

1 PM: Update on Arbitration Law (Prof. John Rooney)

2 PM: How Attorneys Can Improve the Process and Their Advocacy in Arbitration: A View from the Panel (Moderator:  Karen J. Orlin, Panelists: Steve Platau, Prof. Joan Stearns Johnsen, and the Honorable Joseph Farina (Ret.))

3 PM: Follow the Money: How to Obtain an Award of Damages, Costs, and Other Expenses of the Arbitration Proceeding (Deborah Mastin, Harout J. Samra, the Honorable Christi L. Underwood (Ret.))