Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Challenges Of “The Profession”

“The Profession” referred to by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding is the legal profession. In his keynote address at the General Assembly at the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton last month he identified several challenges and what lawyer’s could do to meet them. His important commentary has equal applicability to the mediation profession as well! As you read this article in the Florida Bar News, think about the points he makes in the context of mediation.

Along similar lines, is this thank you editorial in The Daily Commercial from Judge Donna Miller to Lake County’s County Court volunteer mediators who clearly are mindful of Florida’s Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators, Rule 10.690(a), Advancement of Mediation, Pro Bono Service which provides:

Mediators have a responsibility to provide competent services to persons seeking their assistance, including those unable to pay for services. A mediator should provide mediation services pro bono or at a reduced rate of compensation whenever appropriate.

How about you?!?

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