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Welcome to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of The Florida Bar!

The ADR Section was designed to provide a forum for lawyers interested in alternative dispute resolution and to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to an improvement of individual ADR skills and abilities. The ADR Section will keep the Bar membership informed and updated regarding legislation, rules, and policies in connection with mediation and other ADR processes and the responsibilities they impose on mediator and arbitrator members, as well as provide quality continuing legal education programs.

Organized 2010

    The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section was designed to provide a forum for lawyers interested in alternative dispute resolution and to share common interests, ideas and concepts. The Section will provide continuing legal education as well as be a central source for either advocacy or communications and deal with all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Membership Eligibility:
    Any member in good standing of The Florida Bar interested in the purpose of the Section is eligible for membership upon application and payment of this Section's annual dues. Any member who ceases to be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing shall no longer be a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
Affiliate Members:
    The executive council may enroll, upon request and upon payment of the prescribed dues as affiliate members of the section, persons who are inactive members of The Florida Bar and who can show a dual capacity of interest in and contribution to the section's activities. The purpose of affiliate membership is to foster the development and communication of information between arbitrators, mediators, and the people who often work with arbitration and/or mediation lawyers. Affiliate members must not encourage the unlicensed practice of law. The number of affiliates will not exceed one-half of the section membership. "Affiliate" or "affiliate member" means an inactive member of The Florida Bar. Affiliate members have all the privileges accorded to members of the section except that affiliates may not vote, hold office, or participate in the selection of officers or members of the executive council, or advertise affiliate membership in any way. Affiliates may serve in an advisory nonvoting capacity which the executive council may from time to time establish in its discretion. Affiliate members will pay dues in an amount equal to that required of section members.

The purposes of the Section are:
    a. To provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing in The Florida Bar who have a common interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    b. To provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to an improvement of individual ADR skills and abilities, both as a participant and as a neutral.

    c. To assist the Courts in establishing methods of expeditious administration of mediations by making formal recommendations to the Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy.

    d. To assist members of The Florida Bar who generally desire to increase their effectiveness as ADR participants.

    e. To keep the membership informed and updated regarding legislation, rules, and policies in connection with mediation and other ADR processes and the responsibilities they impose on mediator and arbitrator members (as well as other ADR professionals who may ultimately be included).

    f. To provide a forum for the educational discussion of ethical considerations for ADR participants.

Ms. Karen Evans, ChairOFFICERS 2013-2014:

    Ms. Karen Evans, Chair
    Litigation Resolution, Inc.
    169 E. Flagler St., Ste. 1229
    Miami, FL 33131-1218
    (305)371-3250
    Fax: (305)371-3341
    Email:
    karenevans@litigationresolution.com

    Mr. Michael Lax, Chair-elect
    Michael H. Lax, P.A.
    9485 SW 72nd St Ste A230
    Miami
    Phone: 305 2565529
    Email: mhlax@laxpa.com


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[Revised: 01-17-2014]