Julia Gold & Alan Kirtley: Ethics for Mediators

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

2.5 Ethics for Mediators(2.0 Ethics CLE Credits)

Professor Julia Gold and Professor Alan Kirtley, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA

Friday, May 4, 2012 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Use of mediation continues to grow and to expand into new areas of practice. Mediation and mediator ethics are evolving as these new developments unfold. This program will highlight current issues and developments in mediation ethics and use hypothetical ethical dilemmas to explore those issues. Participants will work in small groups on a set of ethical dilemmas. The entire group will then discuss the dilemmas and the presenters will offer ideas on how a mediator might respond ethically.

Julia Gold

Julia Ann Gold, J.D. is the Director of the Mediation Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She created and directed the Mediation Clinic at the University of Oregon in Eugene before joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1995. She and Professor Kirtley conduct the Mediation Skills Training Program at the Law School, where she also teaches the Mediation Clinic, Negotiation, and the Street Law Clinic. Professor Gold is active in offering mediation and conflict resolution training nationally. She serves as Board President of the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, is a member of the ADR Roundtable and serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Public Legal Education. In the fall of 2003, she taught mediation at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and in Fall 2011 she taught mediation in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as part of the University of Ljubljana-University of Washington Exchange Program. Her private mediation practice includes civil cases, employment, business, community and neighborhood mediation.

Alan Kirtley

Alan Kirtley is an associate professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law and founding director of its Clinical Law Program. He teaches in the law school’s Mediation Clinic and offers courses in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. He has a private mediation practice and does volunteer work in public policy disputes and with community dispute resolution centers. He is a frequent presenter at mediator training programs. Professor Kirtley served as chairman of the Washington State Bar Association’s alternative dispute resolution section. Kirtley co-founded this Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference in 1993. He has published several articles in this field, and he was awarded a writing prize by the Center for Public Resources for his articles on the mediation privilege. Prof. Kirtley was an academic advisor to the national drafting committee of the Uniform Mediation Act (“UMA”), and he was instrumental in the passage of the UMA in Washington State. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Ohio State University College of Law.


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