Institute for Dispute Resolution
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University of Florida’s Levin College of Law has played an active role in the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Florida.
The Institute for Dispute Resolution (“IDR”) was the first of its kind established at a law school in Florida, as a result of state legislators enacting one of the first laws in the country giving judges broad authority to order mediation in all types of civil lawsuits. Students who complete IDR courses are prepared for changes already taking place in how law is practiced.
In addition, the Virgil D. Hawkins Mediation Clinic provides the intensive mediation training required to attain Supreme Court certification as a County Mediator. Students are trained to become mediators through participation in actual court proceedings involving areas such as landlord-tenant, contract, auto repair, debtor/creditor and consumer issues.
The IDR is partly endowed through a $100,000 contribution from Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, a nationally recognized mediation specialty firm with offices in four Florida cities.