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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Mar 14, 2012

ABA Mediator Ethical Guidance Opinion on Advocacy Activities of Mediator

In an opinion issued last Fall, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance considered “whether a family law mediator, who is a full-time court employee, may engage in advocacy regarding family law policy issues, such as custody and parenting time.  This advocacy may include, among other things, testifying before legislative bodies, lobbying before individual legislators, speaking at conferences that advocate particular policy positions on family law issues, and being a member of groups that advocate positions on particular family law policy issues.”  It determined that the mediator might be able engage in these activities, with a number of caveats.  SODR-2011-1 at http://meetings.abanet.org/webupload/commupload/DR018600/relatedresources/SODR_2011-1.pdf.