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CLE/CME: Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration, Collaboration, or what?
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When: Friday, January 31, 2020
12:00 to 3:30 PM
Where: St. Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Ave.
Regatta Room
St. Petersburg, Florida  33701
United States
Contact: St. Pete Bar Association

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Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Mediation, Arbitration,
Collaboration, or what??

Friday, January 31, 2020 ~ Noon to 3:30 pm
11:45 AM Registration ~ 12:00-3:30 PM Lunch & Program
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Regatta Room (Downstairs)

Natalie Paskiewicz, Esq., Nathaniel B. Kidder, Esq., Autumn N. Hancock, Esq., 
Susan M. Helms, Esq., Charles N. Castagna, Esq., and Jessica Dickerson, Prevention Advocate,
and Karen Lasker McHugh, Lead IFP Attorney from CASA

Presented by: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section/Chair Dana L. Greenbaum ~ Vice Chair Nathaniel B. Kidder

Approved for 4.0 hrs. General CLE Credit, including 1.0 hr. Ethics CLE

Topics include: ADR options for litigators; when Mediators or Arbitrators can help: Mediation vs. 
Arbitration vs. Collaboration - Who can play? What is the Cost/Benefit of each? And ethics for all!


11:45 – 12:00 Registration/Network

12:00 – 12:50 Arbitration: What does Arbitration Look Like? How? When? Where?

Natalie Paskiewicz:
What is Arbitration and what benefits can it offer? How to use Arbitration effectively. Barriers to success – confidentiality, speed, cost, fairness, finality; Best practices – Restrict use of panels, set clear expectations for advocates and clients.

Nathaniel B. Kidder: Arbitration in the context of family law cases, the nuts and bolts of the difference between voluntary arbitration and court order arbitration, the enforcement of arbitration awards, the necessity that arbitration in family cases be limited to those cases where there are no minor children, even where the sole issue(s) relate to equitable distribution or alimony, and the risks and rewards associated with arbitration in family law cases.

12:50 – 1:40 Collaboration: When is the Collaborative Process the Best Choice? How ? When? Where?

Autumn Hancock & Susan Helms:
Few events in life are as painful or stressful as a divorce.  A "collaborative" divorce is a highly structured process in which to express and resolve conflict without going to court. Collaborative Law is a unique process involving open communication between the clients and their respective lawyers where both parties agree in advance to use problem solving negotiations that do not include adversarial techniques or tactics in the hopes of avoiding public and protracted litigation. 

- Who is best served by the collaborative divorce process? Key questions to ask

- Who are the key players in a collaborative divorce 

- What is the collaborative process generally like?

- What happens if collaborative divorce fails?

1:40 – 1:50 Break

1:50 – 2:40 Ethics Panel

Charles N. Castagna,
moderator and (All named speakers to participate):  Where to find the law: Mediation- FS Ch 44; Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators; MIAC Arbitration - ?, Collaboration-- Florida Bar Rules regarding collaborative divorce- Fl Statues Ch 61 Part III : the Collaborative Law Process Act.

2:40 – 3:30 Domestic Violence: How to recognize and deal with in the course of Mediation or Litigation

Jessica Dickerson, Prevention Advocate and Karen Lasker McHugh, Esq. from CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse)

Registration Fee:
$85 Members, $115 Non-Members, $25 students ~ includes lunch - Please select your meal when registering.
Dill Crusted Salmon  with Lemon Butter Wine Sauce or Grilled Vegetable Plate with Basmati Rice

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 28, 2020  ~ Approved for 4.0 hrs. General CLE Credit, including 1.0 hr. Ethics
Register Today: On the online calendar on the link above.

CLICK HERE to download this information or register on the link above.

For more information contact ADR Section Chair Dana L. Greenbaum at / 727-894-3262 or Vice Chair Nathaniel B. Kidder at / 727-485-8666.

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