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Our next Court-Appointed Arbitrator Training is scheduled for 1PM – 5:15PM, Friday, September 11, 2020, and will be held ONLINE via live, interactive ZOOM Meeting.  The cost is $399.

Training Summary

This 4-hour Florida Supreme Court Approved Court-Appointed Arbitrator Training program (1:00 PM – 5:15 PM on the day of the training) combines lecture and discussion to promote comprehensive understanding and skills development for the arbitrator appointed to arbitrate a county or circuit court action under Chapter 44, Florida Statutes. Among the topics and subject matter covered:

Differences between:As well as:
Mediation and ArbitrationRelevant Florida Statutes Procedural Rules
Mandatory/Nonbinding and Voluntary/Binding ArbitrationArbitrator Ethics
“Court-Connected” and other types of ArbitrationArbitration Award Drafting
Attorney’s Fees Issues in Arbitration
Practice and Business of Arbitration

Continuing Legal Education Credits

Florida Bar CLE Course accreditation (Course info: #1906487N, provider # 0230619 for 4.5 CLER (including .5 ethics))

About The Trainer

Christopher M. Shulman is a Federal, Circuit Civil, Family, and County Mediator, on several private and public rosters of neutrals as an Arbitrator, a Florida Qualified Arbitrator, and an Approved Court-Appointed Arbitrator Trainer.  Chris is also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Employment, Labor, Large and Complex Case, and Consumer Arbitration (CAP) Panels, an FMCS Labor Arbitrator, a Wage Theft Special Magistrate, and a former Hillsborough County Childcare Licensing Hearing Officer.  He also serves on the Florida Supreme Court ADR Rules and Policy Committee, and the Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board.

With more than 2000 arbitrations or adjudications completed (including more than 400 court-appointed arbitrations and another approximately 475 arbitrations in other fora), he has earned a wealth of practical knowledge arbitrating in a large variety of subject matter areas.  He has taught at the graduate level for more than 20 years and teaches various ADR courses as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law. Chris is also a practicing mediator and arbitrator and has focused his energies solely on serving as the neutral since 2002.  He has spoken at most of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s conferences for the past 16 years, as well as at many private ADR seminars.  

Training Location

We will hold the training by Zoom Videoconference.  There is no additional cost to participate in this fashion.  To participate, you will not need a Zoom account, but you will need to download the Zoom client software (app), available at https://zoom.us/download.  Please be sure to familiarize yourself with its use prior to the class.  For further questions and training about use of Zoom, go to https://support.zoom.us.

  • Once you have registered, you will receive Zoom conference login information.
  • Please login 5-10 minutes early, to allow time to work through any technical issues.
  • If you experience difficulty logging in on the day of class, please call our office at 813.935.9922.

The Fine Print

Trainee cancellations more than two weeks prior to the class start date will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee, unless applied towards tuition for the next subsequent training; trainee cancellations on less notice (including, without limitation, failure to attend class) will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee; requests for waiver of the cancellation fee due to emergency will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Attendance substitutions are permitted up to one day prior to the start date of the session. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants per course. Less than minimum enrollment may lead to postponement; registration fees previously collected will be applied towards the next training offered or a refund will be granted without penalty.

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