The Dispute Resolution Clinic provides clinic students with ample opportunity to mediate and engage in other dispute resolution processes while learning dispute resolution options and improving communication skills. Students mediate or arbitrate cases that may include diversionary cases for juveniles arrested for misdemeanors; restitution mediation for victims and offenders; County Court mediation; community dispute matters. Students may facilitate and participate in Restorative Justice Community Circles, as well as work on Housing Authority hearings and court-ordered Eldercaring Coordination cases.
The Dispute Resolution Clinic invites you to celebrate Mediation Week.
The Supreme Court of Florida’s proclamation of Mediation Week (offers the opportunity to appreciate the unique value and extensive use of mediation. Florida court cases regularly go to mediation and people often choose to mediate non-court matters to resolve or prevent disputes. Mediation empowers parties to be decision makers, including constructing an agreement that meets their specific needs and interests. Mediators are specially trained and skilled third-party neutrals who facilitate the process for the parties.
Mediation Week is the perfect time to learn more about mediation. Please visit websites for Florida’s Dispute Resolution Center, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar, and the American Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (which offers free membership to law students). Please contact Professor Fran Tetunic or Dean Nancy Sanguigni to learn about the Dispute Resolution Clinic which offers clinic interns the opportunity to become Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediators.