UWWM Mediator to Speak for Major Orange County Bar Association Seminar

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Brandon Peters, mediation counsel for Upchurch Watson White & Max, will be part of a panel presenting a CLE program on getting "the 'write' result" in advanced legal drafting.

Florida Mediator Brandon S. Peters

Florida Mediator Brandon S. Peters

This segment will provide experienced advice on how to draft an effective pre-mediation case summary for the benefit of the mediator, clients and attorneys.

Brandon Peters, mediation counsel for Upchurch Watson White & Max, will be a speaker at the upcoming "Advanced Legal Drafting: How to Get the 'Write' Result and Best Position Your Client to Be the Appellee," a major seminar jointly presented by the Appellate Practice and Professionalism Committees of the Orange County Bar Association.

Mr. Peters and Nick Shannin, an Orange County appellate attorney and mediator, will present: "Preparing for Mediation: Drafting a Mediation Statement with the Mediator and Opposing Party in Mind" from 2:10 to 2:40 p.m. during the Thursday, Feb. 19, seminar. "This segment will provide experienced advice on how to draft an effective pre-mediation case summary for the benefit of the mediator, clients and attorneys," organizers say.

The overall seminar will be from noon to 5 p.m. at the OCBA Center, 880 N. Orange Ave. "At this advanced seminar, you will learn effective legal drafting techniques to present your best case, from initial pleadings through final judgment and every significant step along the way," according to organizers. Topics include persuasive writing tips for drafting pleadings, dispositive and evidentiary motions, mediation summaries, orders and judgments. "You will acquire the skills necessary to position your client favorably, help the court reach the “write” decision, and ensure it is affirmed on appeal. An ethics segment will address how to be a zealous but professional advocate in written filings."

For more information and to register for the event, click orangecountybar.org/products/seminars, by Thursday, Feb. 12.

"Learn practical advice from legal professionals who critically analyze trial lawyers’ written submissions on a daily basis, including Judges James Edwards, Alice Blackwell, Heather Pinder Rodriguez, and Margaret Schreiber, and staff attorneys from the 9th Circuit and U.S. Middle District of Florida," says Stacy J. Ford of Litigation & Appeals Advocacy PLLC in St. Cloud. She chairs the OCBA Appellate Practice Committee.

Other presentations will be:
-- "Advanced Writing: Do’s, Don’ts, and Maybe’s (or is it: Dos, Don’ts, and Maybes?)"
-- "Pleadings: Striking the “Write” Balance in Complaints, Answers, Affirmative Defenses, and Replies"
-- "Strategic Motion Drafting: Take Your Audience Where You Want Them to Go"
-- "Orders & Judgments: Making Them Complete, Clear, and Ready to Withstand the Rigors of Appeal"
-- "Ethical Considerations in Drafting Pleadings and Motions: How to Navigate the Grey Areas"

The registration fee, including lunch, is $35 for OCBA members and $50 for nonmembers.
"It has been approved for 5.0 general CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credits, and 5.0 board certification credits for appellate practice and civil trial," Ms. Ford says. "And a free lunch. Who can beat all that?"

ABOUT UPCHURCH WATSON WHITE & MAX
A nationally leading mediation specialty firm, Upchurch Watson White & Max is known for facilitating reasonable agreements to resolve complex issues. From eight offices in Florida and Alabama, Supreme Court certified attorney mediators with wide-ranging specialties serve as court-appointed and privately employed mediators, arbitrators and third-party neutral case managers, implementing innovative methods of alternative dispute resolution across the country. On the Web: uww-adr.com UWWM is a co-sponsor of this seminar.

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