Workshop Session C2:
Ethics in Elder Mediation and Eldercaring Coordination: The Clock is Ticking
(CME: Mediator Ethics)
Co-Chair Elder Justice Initiative on Eldercaring Coordination
Linda Fieldstone, M.Ed., Co-Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Elder Justice Initiatives on Eldercaring Coordination, is former President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and was President of its Florida Chapter (FLAFCC). She was Secretary of the AFCC Task Force on Parenting Coordination 2005 and recorder for the 2019 Task Force update. She is presently on the Florida Supreme Court Rules and Policies Committee and Parenting Coordinator Review Board. Ms. Fieldstone is involved in research, training, and consultation in the U.S and internationally and written numerous articles on high conflict families, family court services, empirically based parenting plans and parenting coordination and eldercaring coordination, and a chapter in More Justice More Peace: When Peace Makers are Advocates (April 2020). In 2018, Ms. Fieldstone presented to the United Nations on eldercaring coordination in honor of World Abuse Awareness Day. Ms. Fieldstone was Supervisor of Family Court Services, serving the 11th Judicial Circuit, Florida, Miami-Dade County, Florida, for 26 years and is currently servicing the community through Family Resolutions, LLC, providing conflict resolution opportunities to families of all ages before, during or after court actions.
Professor of Law, Director Dispute Resolution Clinic
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law and Director of the College’s Dispute Resolution Clinic, Fran trains and supervises students who provide pro bono dispute resolution services and teaches the Elder Law Seminar and Mediation Workshop.
An attorney licensed to practice law in Florida since 1984, Fran has served on Florida’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee and as chair of Florida’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee. Fran has mediated approximately 2,000 cases and provides Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Mediator Education on mediation ethics and case law.
Her publications include law review articles on mediation case law and ethics and an article on mediator misconduct setting aside mediated agreements, which was published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. Fran co-authored two articles which were published in the beginning of this year – one on mediation confidentiality and one on the law of eldercaring coordination. She has served as an eldercaring coordinator since the inception of Florida’s pilot program.
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit-Civil, Family, and County Mediator
For Kim Torres, empowering individuals to resolve their own disputes is an important objective in working with people involved in conflicts. As a conflict resolution professional, she has mediated over 3000 cases, ranging from complex multi-party disputes to highly emotional matters with pro se parties. Kim is honored to be a past Chair of the ADR Section of the Florida Bar and also serves as an original Eldercaring Coordinator in the Florida Pilot program. She has worked exclusively for over twenty years as a Supreme Court Certified Mediator in the areas of Circuit-Civil, Family, County and Appellate law, with qualifications in the specialties of Elder law, foreclosure and health care matters. Kim’s practice focuses on families and their relationships, with an evolving interest in working with the adult children of elders.