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Committee on Ethics


Mission and Projects




Mission: The mission of the Committee on Ethics is to serve the public, dispute resolution professionals and the Section through study and education on ethics as applied to dispute resolution practices. The Committee seeks to foster the highest standards of conduct by dispute resolution professionals and to enhance the dispute resolution profession's role in serving the public interest, in collaboration with other Section committees.

Projects: The Committee on Ethics addresses ethics rules and other law that regulate and inform how neutrals, mediators, arbitrators, collaborative and cooperative law practitioners, and all other dispute resolution professionals conduct their practice. Areas of interest include the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005), ethics rules and opinions, the law concerning professional liability, and other regulation of dispute resolution professionals. The Committee is currently active on two important fronts: Mediator Ethics Opinions Database and Education/Web Resources.

  • National Clearinghouse for Mediator Ethics Opinions. This searchable database provides comprehensive coverage of mediator ethics opinions from 43 states. The database contains a short summary of each opinion with a hyperlink to the original opinion or document issued by the state or national body. While the Model Standards provide broad guidance to mediators, their clients, roster managers and policymakers, more detailed information about past complaints and advisory opinions can better guide practice. Committee members developed a systematic classification system based on the Model Standards to organize mediation ethics complaints and advisory opinions in the database, thus providing the first place to consult for ethical guidance on the practice of mediation. To access the Clearinghouse CLICK HERE.

Collaboration: The Committee on Ethics will collaborate with other DR Section committees, including the Standing Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance, the Task Force on Mediation Quality, the Mediation Committee, and the Standing Committee on Legislation, State and Local Government. It intends to explore the possibility of mutual efforts with the Section's Committee on Collaborative Law and relevant committees of the Sections of Business Law and Litigation.


Ethics Resources

All the Just Resolutions’ Ethical Dilemmas are now posted to the Ethics Resources webpage. Every other month, the Ethics Committee or a guest columnist poses an ethical dilemma in mediation and invites the readers to reply with their thoughts. Find all the dilemmas and answers to date as well as many other useful resources at: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/resources/Ethics.html

We are also looking for writers to present and discuss an ethical dilemma in future editions of the eNewsletter. Submit any dilemmas or any questions to matthew.conger@americanbar.org.


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    Leadership

    Co-Chairs:

    Blankley, Kristen
    Harrison, Michael

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    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Section Events

      Evaluations, Opinions, Observations and Comments: When and How Mediators Use Analytical Techniques

      03/10/2015-03/10/2015

      This webinar will teach participants when and why mediators use evaluative techniques and how parties and counsel can best make use of the techniques. The speakers will discuss whether it is ethical for mediators to evaluate, whether parties want evaluation and how traditional reality-testing differs ...

      The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation

      03/19/2015-03/19/2015

      The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Mediation Committee is pleased to announce our first monthly teleconference of 2015. Please join us on March 19th for: The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation Mediators Gary Friedman (Mill Valley, CA) and Jack Himmelstein (New York) advocate a mediation model ...

      Improving Lawyers’ Judgment: Is Mediation Training De-Biasing?

      03/24/2015-03/24/2015

      Program Description: Lawyers are valued, in substantial measure, for the objectivity of their judgment. But like all human beings, especially when acting in a partisan role, they are subject to pervasive cognitive and motivational biases that can affect what they believe and wish to find out, the predictions ...


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    Modified by David J Moora on July 16, 2013

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