Sunday, August 6, 2017

Professional Mediation Conference
(Day 1)

Presented by the Professional Mediation Institute

(Pre-Registration is required.  Refer to Registration Form.)

Getting the Most out of Mediation:  
Tips and Tools for Everyone 
Interested in the Outcome

8:00 – 8:50 am
Registration

Grand Ballroom 8A Foyer
Convention Level    
    
8:50 – 5:45 pm    
Grand Ballrooms 8A & 8B    
Convention Level

(Day 2 of this program is on Monday, August 7, 2017 beginning at 8:30 am in Grand Ballrooms 8A & 8B.)

Concurrent sessions to choose from:

Welcome and Introductions
Grand Ballroom 8A    
Convention Level

Robin Caral Shaw, Attorney and Mediator
Chairperson PMI
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, PA
Boca Raton, FL

8:50 – 9:50 am    
Breakout Session 1A                
Creative Mediation: Thinking Outside the Box to Overcome Obstacles and Defuse Bombshells

(1 hour general/ethics)

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level

Moderator:
Thomas E. Glick, Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

Panel:
Bruce Blitman, Attorney and Mediator
Cooper City, FL

Handout: Insight Policing

Rosanne Shore, Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

John Brooks, Attorney and Mediator
John P. Brooks, Attorney at Law    
Winter Park, FL 

There is no “rule” that a mediated settlement agreement must have money exchanged to reach an agreement. Sometimes the facts warrant “thinking outside the box” and creativity. Using hypotheticals to protect confidentiality, the panel will discuss paths that creative negotiations might take. For example, if the defense is concerned that proceeds would be unwisely spent, then the parties might consider purchasing a pre-paid college fund for a minor child of the claimant. Another example might be settling a case where a claimant needs more sessions with his psychiatrist and the defense agrees to pre-pay the doctor and put some additional amount in trust to be released upon completion of the course of psychiatric treatment or revert to the employer/carrier if the sessions are not completed. The panel will also explore ethical considerations, and discuss practical applications and limitations. Audience participation is welcome.

Welcome and Introductions
Grand Ballroom 8B    
Convention Level
    
Stuart Suskin, Attorney and State Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Gainesville, FL
    
8:50 – 9:50 am    
Breakout Session 1B                
Dealing with Buyer’s Remorse and the Arrival of the Subpoena  
     
(1 hour of general/ethics) 

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
    
Moderator:    
Honorable Robert Dietz         
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims    
Sebastian, FL    

Panel:        
Honorable Greg Johnsen    
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
West Palm Beach, FL
    
Celia Mendez, Attorney and Mediator           
Moreland & Mendez, PA
Maitland, FL
    
James Birmingham, Attorney      
Fulmer Leroy & Albee           
Orlando, FL    

Enforcement actions on mediated agreements can result in the mediator being subpoenaed. This program will examine the statutory definition of confidentiality, the privileges, and waivers of privilege that apply when the parties try to use the mediator as a witness to enforce a settlement. We also review the case law on buyer’s remorse that results in the subpoena being served.
    
9:50 – 9:55 am    
Break
    
9:55 – 10:55 am    
Breakout Session 2A                
The Ethical Challenges of the Dual Role of Mediating and Adjudicating

(1 hour ethics)

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level
    
Moderator:                                      
Honorable Wilbur Anderson          
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Daytona Beach, FL 
    
Panel:        
Honorable Deborah Blevins            
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission  
Roanoke, VA
    
Honorable David Imahara           
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Atlanta, GA     

Adjudicators also serve as mediators in some jurisdictions. A multistate panel of mediators/adjudicators -- with extensive experience serving in this dual capacity -- will address the unique opportunities and challenges presented by such arrangements. Ethical and practical considerations will be discussed. Attendees will learn how to capably and effectively mediate some disputes while adjudicating others. 
    
9:55 – 10:55 am    
Breakout Session 2B                
Mediation Trivia: Get in the Game

(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
    
Panel:    
Honorable Robert Dietz 
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Sebastian, FL    
    
Edward Combs, Jr., Attorney 
Morgan & Morgan, PA              
Melbourne, FL

Negotiated agreements are found throughout history and all cultures. This program will appeal to the trivia, history, and popular culture buff while examining the specific negotiations that lead to the highlighted agreements.
    
10:55 – 11:00 am    
Break
    
11:00 – 12:00 pm    
Breakout Session 3                
PMI Keynote Presentation: “Help Me Understand”

(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level
    
Speaker:            
Monica Wofford, CSP
Master Trainer      
Contagious Companies              
Orlando, FL

In mediation, teamwork gets things done, but few mediators really know how to create, maintain, and support a thriving team. Knowing how to get others to collaborate, communicate, and cooperate is where the best ideas happen and results start to rise. This conference keynote presentation will emphasize the importance of the mediator clarifying their message and getting mediation participants to better understand each other so that more can be accomplished.
    
12:00 – 1:30 pm    
Lunch (on your own)
    
1:30 – 2:30 pm    
Breakout Session 4A                
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: How a Mediator Can Ethically and Effectively Deal With Difficult Situations to Break Through Barriers Which Might Otherwise Result in Impasse

(1 hour ethics)

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level        

Panel:     
Donna Doyle, Attorney and Mediator        
Mediate First, Inc.                
Orlando, FL
    
Clem Hyland, Attorney and Mediator           
Mediate First, Inc.                   
Orlando, FL    

Though many of us do not relish the thought of studying mediator ethics, mediations today present a full menu of ethical challenges even for the most conscientious and ethical mediator. Mediators often face a situation where these ethical challenges are not answered in the rules, statutes or MEAC Opinions. This program will present an interactive opportunity to address difficult practical scenarios (where there is no quick or easy answer) encountered by mediators in their daily practices.
    
1:30 – 2:30 pm    
Breakout Session 4B                
Diversity In Mediation

(1 hour diversity)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
    
Moderator:     
Eric V. Hires, Attorney and Mediator                
The Law Office of Eric V. Hires, LLC 
Orlando, FL
    
Panel:        
David J. Dreszer, Attorney and Mediator       
David J. Dreszer, PA                  
N. Miami Beach, FL
    
Carlos Burruezo, Attorney and Mediator                
Burruezo & Burruezo, PLLC            
Orlando, FL
    
Mercedes De Los Santos, Attorney and Mediator           
De Los Santos Mediation Services          
Miami, FL       

Diversity is a topic that can be viewed from so many perspectives it’s often a complete seminar on its own. Initially, diversity training was focused on race, but it now covers everything from racial and religious differences to socio-economic, educational, and cultural differences. It covers implicit and explicit biases and relationships of every kind. This panel of experts will share true experiences, interesting cases and take questions from the audience. 
    
2:30 – 2:35 pm    
Break
    
2:35 – 4:35 pm    
Breakout Session 5A                
Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Other Workplace Challenges 

(2 hours domestic violence)

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level            

Handout

Panel:    
Penny Morey
HR Professional                 
RemarkABLE HR, Inc.                
Boca Raton, FL
    
Linsey Willis, MPA, SPHR 
Consultant and Expert Witness              
L.J. Craig & Associates, Inc.               
Boca Raton, FL
    
Elizabeth Bradshaw
M.S. Victim Advocate, Special Victims Unit         
Fort Lauderdale Police Department    
Fort Lauderdale, FL
    
Andrew Scott, III                 
Scott Roberts and Associates, LLC, Employment Screening and Background Checks    
Lake Worth, FL 

There aren’t too many things that Fortune 500 companies have in common with local mom-and-pop stores, but domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking can be found in any business. Join us to learn about positive approaches like safety programs and how these programs have a true financial impact on absences, lateness, illness, accidents, insurance claims, lawsuits, training, and disruptive behavior. The panel will also discuss some of the hard questions and challenges these issues present to management.
    
2:35 – 3:35 pm    
Breakout Session 5B                
When the Approving Entity Isn’t in the Room

(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level

Moderator:     
Thomas E. Glick, Attorney and Mediator            
Center for Conflict Resolution            
Miami, FL
    
Panel:        
George Helm, III, Attorney               
George Helm III, PA                   
Lake Mary, FL
    
Geoffrey Hudson
CEO                
Axiom National, LLC                   
Tampa, FL

Michael E. Nebel, Attorney and Mediator                 
Law Offices of Michael E. Nebel, PA           
Orlando, FL

There are occasions when the authorizing or approving entity isn’t in the room regardless of applicable rules that require “The party or its representative having full authority to settle without consolation...” Most often, it arises with a public entity which is deemed to appear if a representative is physically present with “full authority to negotiate on behalf of the entity and to recommend settlement to the appropriate decision-making body of the entity.” Our panel will discuss this topic from the point of view of a mediator, an attorney, and a CEO. Other topics to be covered include when it’s appropriate to inform the other side that information is being sought from sources outside the room, and how to handle a case with an excess insurance carrier or when there is a high-deductible policy in effect.
    
3:35 – 4:35 pm    
Breakout Session 6                
What’s the Appeal of Appellate Mediation?    

(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
    
Moderator:      
Robin Caral Shaw, Attorney and Mediator               
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, PA          
Boca Raton, FL

Handout - Appellate Mediation

Panel:        
Celia Mendez, Attorney and Mediator               
Moreland & Mendez, PA            
Maitland, FL
    
H. George Kagan, Attorney            
MKRS Law                    
West Palm Beach, FL

Did you know that roughly 50% of appellate cases are resolved in mediation? Did you know that appellate mediation can occur from the moment judgment is entered by the trial court until the appellate court enters its judgment? Did you know that the mediator is supposed to read the cases and pleadings – and really get into the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case? Everyone who is involved with appeals should attend this session and learn how to prepare for appellate mediation of any kind of case.
    
4:35 – 4:45 pm    
Break
    
4:45 – 5:45 pm    
Breakout Session 7                
Technology and Social Media: Is Your Practice Slick and Savvy or Slothful and Sluggish?

(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level

Moderator:     
Christine Harter, Attorney and Mediator          
Mediation & Dispute Resolution Center           
Ocala, FL

Panel:        
Renee Thompson, Attorney and Mediator                
Upchurch Watson White & Max               
Ocala, FL

Mellanie Bartlett
Marketing Professional                 
Sweeney Bartlett                 
Maitland, FL

Hop on the social media train ride or you’ll be left behind. Technology and social media can brand your practice and help you generate new business. Learn how to optimize the use of online calendars, videos, blogs, newsletters, the chamber of commerce, and good old fashioned direct mailers to keep past clients and secure new ones. If you don’t have a website or if you have a static website, you may be losing business. Learn how and why Google, LinkedIn and Twitter can be your best friends or learn how they could potentially cost you future business if you have poor citation management and are not aware of AdWords. Curious? Come join us on an hour ride through technology & social media.