Items of Interest for Mediators:
The ABA House of Delegates has unanimously adopted a Section Resolution supporting Mediation for Foreclosure cases and has established a subcommittee to help foreclosure mediation programs in states where they don't exist, to provide support to programs that are already operating, and to help educate homeowners and lenders of the value of low cost mediation as an element of such programs. For further information, contact David Moora of the ABA. The Section of Dispute Resolution also maintains a list of resources on Residential Foreclosure Mediation for ADR Professionals.
The ABA-DR Section has a Free Guide to Dispute Resolution available to educate members of the public about dispute resolution processes that are commonly used to resolve legal, community, school, public policy and other types of disputes.
Getting to Know Mediation is a web-based educational presentation put together by the ABA-DR Section (note: Adobe Flash required.) It contains information that clients, attorneys, and members of the public may find useful to learn more about mediation.
The American Bar Association has established a Standing Committee to answer questions from mediators, parties to a mediation, and their lawyers regarding Mediation Ethics questions. Persons submitting questions do not need to be members of the ABA. Answers will be based on state ethics authorities and the American Bar Association Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005). The advisory opinions are available for review.
The ABA Task Force on improving Mediation Quality has come out with a pamphlet to help mediators improve their practice.
The Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA has recently published some articles containing practice tips.
The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005 Final Version, adopted April 2007), as approved by the ABA House of Delegates, ACR, and AAA is available for review.
Mediation has an entry in Wikipedia. View the article.