A Review of Ireland’s Mediation Act 2017, with Comparison of Experience with Mediation Laws & Practices of Some Major U.S. States

A Review of Ireland’s Mediation Act 2017, with Comparison of Experience with Mediation Laws & Practices of Some Major U.S. States

Presenter: Sam Mandelbaum

The purpose of the presetnation is to discuss primary features of Ireland’s Mediation Act 2017, and to relate and compare those features to longstanding mediation laws and practices of some major U.S. states.  The presentation is intended to benefit both experienced mediation practitioners as well as those who are newer to the field.

The presentation will provide an overview of the mediation process in Ireland and the United States, then explore methods for invocation of the process; the different types of disputes typically amenable to mediation; those disputes & matters deemed unsuitable for mediation; the courts as a facilitating source; the roles of mediators in the process; qualifications for mediators; lawyers (barristers and/or solicitors) in mediation; codes of practice; provisions for confidentiality; enforcement of mediated settlement agreements;  determination & payment of costs; and, the interaction of the courts with mediation proceedings.  The workshop shall relate to Conference theme, as it looks at the basic components of mediation in Ireland and the experiences of some U.S. states.

The format shall be alternating lecture with questions & answers.

A presentation outline shall be provided as a take-away, together with excerpts from the Mediation Act 2017 and some U.S. state mediation laws

Sam Mandelbaum is a partner in the Tampa & Orlando, Florida law firm of Mandelbaum, Fitzsimmons, Hewitt & Cain, P.A.  He’s also an Adjunct Law Professor of Mediation Practice & Procedure on the faculty of Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando.  Sam is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (LL.M.); the Vermont Law School (J.D.), and the State University of New York at Albany (B.S. Foreign Languages).  His lawyer state registrations are in New York and Florida, where he is Board-Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial Practice and International Law.  Sam is also certified as a Proctor-in-Admiralty by the U.S. Maritime Law Association.  He’s a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, having handled hundreds of mediation proceedings.  Sam’s peer listings include Florida SuperLawyers and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  He speaks frequently at a variety of legal and professional conferences.

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