Originally presented on November 9, 2022, as a live GoToWebinar by Thomas A. “Tad” David, Florida Courts Dispute Resolution Center Chief of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Course number 6601 is approved until approximately May 9, 2025, for 1 CLE credit, all of which may be applied toward Professionalism. The course is available to buy online:
The presentation will focus on providing an overview of the attorney professionalism standards as it relates to Alternative Dispute Resolutions and a meaningful practice that considers professional standards of both the lawyer and the Mediator. First, it will highlight the current relevant rules of attorney professionalism and Mediator Ethics opinions. Second, it will share specific real-life scenarios where mediators have been disciplined for their unprofessional conduct. The third and last segment will be an interactive thought-provoking discussion, building on the other two sections, using various scenarios to analyze how the professional standards interact with the discipline sanctions. The participants will gain a broad understanding of how the professional rules apply to the everyday practice of law and to alternative legal disputes.
Thomas A. “Tad” David has been the Chief of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Office of the State Courts Administrator since July 2021. Prior to coming to the Dispute Resolution Center, Mr. David held several positions within all three branches of state government. Mr. David’s service to the state includes a tenure as General Counsel for OSCA from 2014 through 2018. Before coming to work with the state, he began his legal career in private practice and is licensed in Florida and Georgia. Mr. David received his B.B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1992, and his J.D. from Florida State University, College of Law in 2003.