Summer Caucus 2014

Summer Caucus 2014

Use the link above to access the Summer Caucus. This volume includes articles from members, events, news for the DRC as well as other interesting pieces.

“Art of Mediation” Exchange July 9th

Mediation is not simply an event, it is a process, and when facilitated with skill it can be artful. The
Academy invites you to connect and engage at one of Fort Lauderdale premier art galleries. Attendees
will enjoy art and lively discussion while they EXCHANGE ideas from some of Florida’s most skillful
mediators.

July 2014 Academy Networking Exchange

Spring/Summer Caucus

Spring Caucus 2014Read The Caucus to stay informed of current events, MEAC opinions and stay abreast many more useful tools. Our newsletter features member articles, updates, news from the DRC and much more.

 

MEAC 2012-010

The Question:

A family law mediation was held through the court mediation program. Both parties were represented by counsel. A partial agreement was reached and the mediator prepared the mediation report and agreement. The attorneys, parties and mediator signed the Mediation Report that a partial agreement was reached and set forth the remaining issues to be adjudicated by the Judge. The parties a..’1d attorneys left the courthouse as it was after 5:00 p.m. The attorneys and parties had left the mediation with the understanding that they had signed the mediation report and mediation agreement. The mediator made copies of the report and agreement and discovered that one of the parties and their attorney had not signed the Agreement. All parties and their attorneys had initialed each page of the Mediation Agreement. The mediator called the attorney that had not signed the agreement and immediately took the agreement to the attorney for signatures. The attorney told the mediator that the client had already left town but would be back the next day to sign that it was not a problem it was only an oversight. The attorney signed the original mediated agreement. The mediator checked with the attorney the next week and found out that the client would not sign the agreement now, but just wanted a few minor changes and a letter was being sent to the other attorney regarding the changes …

FULL TEXT MEAC

NEW MEAC OPINION 2013-001 Failure to Return Executed Agreement After Verbally Agreeing to do So

The New MEAC Opinion seeks to advise on the below listed question that arises as a procedural and ethical dilemma. To review the entire MAC Opinion, follow the link provided.

“Is it a breach of confidentiality for a certified mediator or the mediation unit to report to
the court that a party, appearing telephonically or by some other electronic means pursuant to a
Court order, who fully participated in the mediation which resulted in an agreement, but violated
the order for telephonic appearance by failing to return a mediation agreement for which said
party gave verbal consent to prepare and verbally agreed to sign?”

Full Text MEAC Opinion

 

PRESS RELEASES: So What Happened in June/July 2012 in The Sunshine State?

 

July 2012
07/30/12
Citrus Quarantine Violators Sentenced By Court
07/27/12
Three Florida Men Sentenced to Federal Prison on Charges of Arson, Insurance Fraud and Mortgage Fraud
07/27/12
“Red Handed” Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years Imprisonment
07/26/12
South Florida Joint Federal/State Synthetic Marijuana Round Up Nets a Dozen Arrests
07/25/12
Task Force on Children Exposted to Violence Briefs Congress
07/25/12
Former UBS Client Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failing to Report $4 Million in Swiss Bank Accounts
07/24/12
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations for Sexual Assault of Three Women
07/23/12
Florida Tax Preparer Sentenced to Federal Prison on Charges of Stolen Identity and Tax Refund Fraud
07/20/12
Two Doctors Charged with Oxycodone-Related Deaths Resulting from Broward and Palm Beach Counties Pill Mill Operation
07/20/12
Operators of Check Cashing Store Sentenced for Their Role in Treasury Check and Tax Refund Scheme
07/20/12
Former Florida State Senator Sentenced for Tax Evasion
07/19/12
Miami Police Sergeant Indicted for Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice
07/19/12
Two Arrested and Charged with Possession of Stolen Henri Matisse Painting
07/13/12
Orange County Man Sentenced for Forcible Assault of a Federal Officer
07/12/12
Three Miami-Dade Residents Charged in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Using Stolen Identities of Foreign Nationals
07/12/12
Three Defendants Plead Guilty to Theft of Government Funds
07/12/12
Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Wells Fargo Resulting in More Than $175 Million in Relief for Homeowners to Resolve Fair Lending Claims
07/12/12
Broward Woman Sentenced for Role in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme Involving U.S. Marine Victims
07/02/12
Asheville, North Carolina, Resident Pleads Guilty to Participating In $63 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
07/02/12
Florida Man Convicted in Child Pornography Case
07/02/12
Miami Resident Indicted On Narcotics, Weapons, Unauthorized Access Devices, And Identity Theft Charges
June 2012
06/29/12
Sebastian Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge
06/29/12
Davie Pill Mill Owner Sentenced in Operation Snake Oil
06/29/12
Miami-Area Patient Recruiters Sentenced to Prison For Roles in $200 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
06/28/12
Miami-Area Resident Pleads Guilty to Participating in $63 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
06/26/12
International Product Support Company Senior Vice President Sentenced For The Illegal Purchase and Sale of Smuggled Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant Gas
06/26/12
Four Charged with Shipping Defense Articles to Venezuela
06/26/12
Owner of Miami-Area Assisted Living Facility Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme
06/25/12
Loan Officer Sentenced to 54 Months in Prison for Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme That Resulted in More Than $9.2 Million in Losses
06/22/12
Port St. Lucie Resident Sentenced in $3.3 Million Timeshare Advance Fee Scheme
06/22/12
Miami Resident Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme that defrauded Friends and Family
06/22/12
Bulgarian Nationals Plead Guilty to Credit Card Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft in Scheme to Defraud ATM Customers at Various Banks in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties
06/22/12
Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Pregnant Firefighters by the Town of Davie, Florida
06/22/12
Two Owners of Miami Home Health Company Each Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for $20 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
06/21/12
Sunrise Man Charged for On-line Enticement of Minor
06/20/12
Defendants Sentenced for their Role in Tax Refund Fraud Utilizing Stolen Social Security Office Identity Information
06/19/12
Eight Defendants Charged in Multi-Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme at Jade Apartment Complex in Miami
06/19/12
Owner and Employee of Miami Home Health Company Sentenced to Prison in $22 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
06/18/12
School Teacher Arrested and Charged for Enticing a Minor to Engage in Sexual Acts
06/18/12
Four Miami-Dade Residents Charged in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Using Stolen Identities
06/18/12
Eleven Additional Palm Beach County Defendants Charged for Roles in Staged Accident Fraud Scheme
06/15/12
President of Broward Title and Escrow Company Sentenced in Two Separate Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Schemes
06/15/12
Port St. Lucie Middle School Teacher Convicted of Enticement of a Minor Over the Internet and Possession of Child Pornography
06/14/12
Internet Pharmacy Owner Charged in $95 Million Fraud Scheme
06/12/12
Miami-Area Resident Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Participating in Medicare Fraud Scheme
06/12/12
Boca Raton Man Charged for On-line Enticement of Minor
06/11/12
Boca Raton Businessman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Marijuana
06/08/12
Fort Lauderdale Woman Arrested in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme Involving More Than 1000 Fraudulent Tax Returns and $9.5 Million in Fraud
06/08/12
Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts in BP Fund and Disaster Fraud
06/08/12
Managers of West Palm Beach Septic Tank Products Plead Guilty
06/07/12
Fourteen Defendants Charged in Cyber Bank Fraud Scheme
06/06/12
Three Individuals Charged in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
06/06/12
Palm Beach Resident Sentenced for Importing 1500 Pounds of Conch from the Bahamas
06/06/12
Multiple Arrests in Murder/Marijuana Grow House Conspiracy
06/05/12
Port St. Lucie Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Internet Enticement of a Minor for Sexual Activity
06/05/12
North Miami Man Charged in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Using Personal Identification Information Stolen from Social Security Office
06/05/12
Two South Floridians Charged in Tax Refund Scheme Using Stolen Identities
06/04/12
Three South Florida Defendants Sentenced for Kickback Scheme in Hurricane Wilma FEMA Fraud
06/04/12
Southern District of Florida Securities and Investment Fraud Initiative Results in Charges Against 15 Individuals in 12 Separate Cases
06/01/12
Doctors, Therapist and Recruiters from Miami-Area Mental Health Care Corporation Convicted for Participating in $205 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
06/01/12
U.S. Customs and Border Officer Indicted For Civil Rights And Abusive Sexual Contact Offenses
06/01/12
South Florida Woman Convicted Of Tax Fraud Conspiracy Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison