Plenary Session:

Mediator Ethics & Vulnerable Adult Abuse: 

Understanding Our Responsibilities

(CME: Mediator Ethics and Interpersonal Violence)

Moderator

Susan Marvin 

J.D.

Chief of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Office of the State Courts Administrator

Susan Marvin, J.D. is the Chief of ADR of the Dispute Resolution Center, Office of the State Courts Administrator. She served as the staff attorney for the DRC from 2012 through May of 2016, and is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator. Susan served as a staff mediator for the Second Judicial Circuit Court’s ADR program for six years during one of which she was also the small claims and county mediator services coordinator. For eight years Susan was the director of The Family Visitation Program in Tallahassee, and she has previously been a case coordinator and attorney for the Second Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem Program.

Panelists

Elizabeth Alacci  

APS Program Specialist

Adult Protective Services, Department of Children and Families

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was originally a Teacher in the beginning of her career and then changed to Social Services.

She has been with the Department of Children and Families since 2010, where she started out in Child Protective Services and then came to Adult Protective Services in 2011. She has experience being in the field as an Adult Protective Investigator, a Supervisor and in her current position as a Senior Human Services Program Specialist.

Her main objective in her current position is to support Operations (investigators) and to also spread awareness in the community about abuse, neglect and exploitation against vulnerable adults.

Juan Collins  

Senior Attorney

Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Office of the State Courts Administrator

Juan Collins is a Senior Attorney with the Dispute Resolution Center. Prior to coming to the Dispute Resolution Center Juan served as Assistant General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel with several state agencies. Juan is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator.

The Honorable Michelle Morley  

Judge

Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, Florida

Judge Morley has been a Circuit Court Judge since 2007.  She graduated from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, the University of Tampa, and Stetson University College of Law. As a lawyer, Judge Morley had a broad, general litigation practice and also served as a certified family court and civil circuit mediator, an arbitrator for the State Attorney General’s Office, and as a guardian ad litem.

Judge Morley is a member of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, having previously served on the Florida Judicial Ethics Commission.  She also serves on the Parenting Coordinator Disciplinary Board.  She is Chair of the Probate Section and serves on the Education Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges.  She is part of the U. S. Department of Justice Abuse Intervention Model Advisory Board. She served on the Florida Bar’s Fifth Circuit Professionalism Committee and the Fifth Circuit Grievance Committee. 

She is currently co-chair of the FLAFCC Eldercaring Coordination Initiative.  She has served numerous boards including Cornerstone Hospice, The Refuge of Jumper Creek, Thomas E. Langley Medical Center and the Florida Chapter of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts.  She has been involved in Rotary and Kiwanis. She initiated Felony Drug Court and Dependency Drug Court programs in Sumter County. She was instrumental in developing the Leadership Sumter County program and the Sumter County Children’s Alliance. She facilitated a program to enable school children to appear live by video-conference at their Dependency Court hearings. She served on the Corridor Advocacy Group for the Historic Sumter County Heritage Byway.

Originally from New York, she moved to Florida in 1980 and currently lives in Bushnell. She is married to T. Michael Johnson.