GADR sponsored alternative dispute resolution workshop with Lynn Cole
On Oct. 4, about 60 law students attended a mediation skills workshop sponsored by UF Law’s new alternative dispute resolution student organization Gators Alternative Dispute Resolution (GADR). GADR’s faculty advisor Professor Leonard Riskin began the event by welcoming professional mediator Lynn Cole of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and Mediators Beyond Borders. Cole shared with the students some of the skills she uses every day in her private mediation practice in Tampa, such as mediation laws and some of the fundamental principles of conflict resolution. Although the workshop focused on civil mediation in the Florida court system, Cole drew on her extensive experience in international alternative dispute resolution to explain how these same skills could be used all over the world with all types of clients. Not only did the attendees learn the ins and outs of conducting mediation in Florida, they got a chance to put this knowledge to use during an extended role-playing exercise. Afterwards, Cole led a large discussion where students were encouraged to share and analyze what they had learned. Pending approval from the Florida Bar, attendees will receive “Continuing Mediation Education” credit for Florida Bar mediation certification. A representative from Lexis Nexis was also on hand to teach about the research tools and ADR literature that every mediator must know. GADR encourages everyone to sign up on TWEN to learn about more alternative dispute resolution opportunities.