Florida-Supreme-Court-Seal-300I’m pleased to announce I’ve been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator (certification # 32893 R). To get a sense of how I think about mediating cases and settlement issues in general, see here for my related blog posts, and here for a list of my annual summaries of the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) Opinions.

Florida’s a leader when it comes to alternative dispute resolution (ADR):

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has been utilized by the Florida Court System to resolve disputes for over 30 years, starting with the creation of the first citizen dispute settlement (CDS) center in Dade County in 1975. ADR processes offer litigants court-connected opportunities to resolve their disputes without judicial intervention. In Florida, this has resulted in one of the most comprehensive court-connected mediation programs in the country. The Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) was created during the mid-1980s to provide assistance to the courts in developing ADR programs and to conduct education and research on ADR in general. The Supreme Court of Florida, through the DRC, offers certification for mediators in the areas of county court, family, circuit court, dependency and appellate cases.

My mediator’s pledge:

I’m committed to the process of mediation and the goal of self-determined resolution. I will work hard to gain an unbiased understanding of your case. I will explore all the evidentiary, legal and practical issues driving your particular dispute to spark meaningful dialogue and negotiations. I will foster a joint problem-solving mentality. I will ask hard questions: What do you aspire to? What would you be content with? What could you live with? I will work collaboratively with all sides to identify and develop creative options and solutions. I am personally invested in your success. In short, I AM A DEAL MAKER, NOT A MESSAGE CARRIER.