Peter Adler, Ph.D., a long time advocate for mediation, published Expectation and Regret: A Look Back at How Mediation has fared in the U.S, as a full article and as a shorter blog post, both…Continue
I am putting together a minI-CLE for our members and the general WSBA membership on using negotiation and counseling techniques to de-escalate intense emotions and potentially violent parties. I…Continue
We are excited to announce the forming of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators - a new international organization. The Academy of Professional Family Mediators is seeking founding members. I…Continue
Here's a link to a very short article summarizing research in Québec, Canada. While the study only appears to have researched the experiences of one professional mediator, the results are interesting.
Warm regards to all,
Fellow ADR section members,
I am writing to give you an update on the Low Bono section formation project. ADR executive committee members Alan Alhadeff, Paul McVicker and myself began an ADR focus group on reduced fee conflict resolution concepts two years ago. We were inspired by a Seattle University CLE Presentation on the low bono concept by attorney Jenny Anderson. We quickly found a group of lawyers and mediators interested in the topic and we have been holding meetings and…
In 2012, the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee issued Advisory Opinion #2223, concluding that lawyers acting as a mediator may not ethically write up a Property Settlement Agreement, Order of Child Support, or Parenting Plan for unrepresented parties. The Opinion does not address a mediator's Memorandum of Understanding.
The full opinion is below and here is a direct link to the opinion on the…