Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group


Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group

Information and discussion on WSBA Advisory Opinion 2223: Lawyer-Mediator Preparing Legal Documents for Unrepresented Parties. An open public forum on the ramifications of this advisory opinion. Open to any registered member of the network.

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Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2018


Revised Advisory Opinion 2223

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Paul W. McVicker Nov 15, 2018. 3 Replies

Proposed revised 2223The WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics has released a proposed draft opinion to replace Advisory Opinion 2223. …Continue

Reconsideration of AO2223

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Roy N. Martin Feb 10, 2017. 11 Replies

We now have the opportunity to address a reconsideration of AO2223. The WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics will be considering a request to review Advisory Opinion 2223 (…Continue

Scrivener Dilemma

Started by John Shaffer Apr 12, 2014. 0 Replies

I hear you, Jeff.  Yet, for me, the problem with this advisory opinion is that it tries to answer all "cases" for all time, and ends up, in my opinion, narrowly legalistic and inadequate to its task.…Continue

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Comment by Jeff Bean on March 13, 2014 at 11:26am

Rina's and Leslie's NWDR Conference panel: 

7.7 Scrivener’s Dilemma: Mediators Who Draft Settlement Agreements (WSBA Advisory Opinion 2223)

It's important enough you'll find it listed on three Workshop Tracks: 

They've assembled a Blue-Ribbon group. Should be a great session.

Comment by Rina Goodman on March 13, 2014 at 11:12am

Jim Levy, thank you for your comment. I absolutely agree. Leslie Ann Grove, an attorney, mediator, and executive director of Northwest Mediation Center (an RCW 7.75 DRC in Spokane, and I organized a panel that will be presenting at the NW Dispute Resolution Conference at the end of this month. She and I also started this group with the hope that everyone who is impacted will join in. I've sent messages to a number of non-attorney mediators, but would like to encourage others to do so as well.

Comment by Jim Rudd Levy on March 13, 2014 at 11:00am

Directors and/or relevant staff members of the DRCs should be included in the discussion, since this is very relevant to volunteer lawyer-mediators, and potentially non-lawyer mediators. I'm looking forward to the discussions (but not yet ready to start one...).

Comment by Rina Goodman on March 13, 2014 at 10:53am

Jeff, thank you for providing the links. To all: I hope that everyone will feel free to invite others who are likely to be interested in this topic. Feel free to add resources; offer suggestions; and start discussions.

Comment by Jeff Bean on March 13, 2014 at 9:37am

Rina, hope not being presumptuous, just added a couple relevant links to the text box here on the group page. Let me know if there's anything you'd like that I can help with.

Comment by Jeff Bean on March 13, 2014 at 9:29am

This is important stuff! I know this is crucial for folks working with divorcing couples, and though that's not what I do, it's important to anyone interested in the integrity and growth of collaborative approaches to dispute resolution. Thanks for inviting me!

Comment by Mark Baumann on March 13, 2014 at 8:22am

Rina, thank you for starting this group! As a member of the ADR section executive committee, (soon to be) Chair of the new Low Bono section, and a member of the WSBA Future of the Profession Committee, and as a mediator, I am very interested to hear other's opinions and the basis for their opinions.


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