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Committee on Ethics

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:

    Archerd, Erin
    Blankley, Kristen

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    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Section Events

      The All-Important Preliminary Hearing Essentials—For Both Advocates and Neutrals

      12/13/2016-12/13/2016

      Program Description : Skillful handling of the preliminary hearing in arbitration can have a major impact on the rest of the process. In this CLE webinar, the experienced faculty will explore the reasons why and provide insight on how to run or participate in such a hearing successfully. ...

      Managing the Arbitration Hearing and Evidence

      01/10/2017-01/10/2017

      Program Description : Based on the premise that advocates and clients chose arbitration to obtain a fair, expeditious and efficient process to resolve the dispute, we will explore the flexibility that sometimes goes unused by arbitrators and advocates in the process. We will discuss the key ...

      Corporate Criminal Liability: What Happens When a Company is Charged with a Crime?

      01/11/2017-01/11/2017

      The event will be held on 01/11/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Business Law Section,Criminal Justice Section,Section of Dispute Resolution,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .


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    Modified by David J Moora on July 16, 2013

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