25 Years of the Texas ADR Statute and a Heavy Dose of Ethics

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Examining the beginning of mediation in Texas, questioning where we've been, what are we doing, and finishing with a series of ethical situations.

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25 Years of the Texas ADR Statute and a Heavy Dose of Ethics

  1. 1. 25 Years of the Texas ADR Statute with a Heavy Dose of Ethics Gene Roberts northtexasnegotiations.comWednesday, November 14, 12
  2. 2. What is ethics? the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.Wednesday, November 14, 12
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  14. 14. Steve Brutsche, “Mediation Cross-Examined,” Business Litigation Newsletter, May 1989Wednesday, November 14, 12
  15. 15. Steve Brutsche, “Mediation Cross-Examined,” Business Litigation Newsletter, May 1989Wednesday, November 14, 12
  16. 16. 1987 v 2012Wednesday, November 14, 12
  17. 17. 1987 v 2012Wednesday, November 14, 12
  18. 18. 1987 v 2012 1987 2012 First Class 0.22 0.45 105% Stamp Gallon of Gas 0.95 3.38 255% Dozen Eggs 0.78 2.68 243% Atty Avg 197 (2001) 234 (2009) 18% Hourly RateWednesday, November 14, 12
  19. 19. 1987 v 2012 1987 2012 First Class 0.22 0.45 105% Stamp Gallon of Gas 0.95 3.38 255% Dozen Eggs 0.78 2.68 243% Atty Avg 197 (2001) 234 (2009) 18% Hourly RateWednesday, November 14, 12
  20. 20. 1987 v 2012 1987 2012 First Class 0.22 0.45 105% Stamp Gallon of Gas 0.95 3.38 255% Dozen Eggs 0.78 2.68 243% Atty Avg 197 (2001) 234 (2009) 18% Hourly RateWednesday, November 14, 12
  21. 21. 1987 v 2012 1987 2012 First Class 0.22 0.45 105% Stamp Gallon of Gas 0.95 3.38 255% Dozen Eggs 0.78 2.68 243% Atty Avg 197 (2001) 234 (2009) 18% Hourly RateWednesday, November 14, 12
  22. 22. 1987 v 2012 1987 2012 First Class 0.22 0.45 105% Stamp Gallon of Gas 0.95 3.38 255% Dozen Eggs 0.78 2.68 243% Atty Avg 197 (2001) 234 (2009) 18% Hourly RateWednesday, November 14, 12
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  24. 24. Letter to Justice Nathan Hecht, August 25, 2011Wednesday, November 14, 12
  25. 25. Final Report of the Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, January 25, 2012Wednesday, November 14, 12
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  28. 28. Misc. Docket 11-9062 (April 11, 2011) • Section 2 (f): “A mediator should not simultaneously conduct more than one mediation session unless all parties agree to do so.”Wednesday, November 14, 12
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  30. 30. Texas Supreme Court Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (2005) • 2 Mediator should protect integrity/ confidentiality of the process. Continuous in nature. • 8 cmt. (c) Mediator should report to court whether mediation occurred, and result of settlement or impasse, recessed or rescheduled.Wednesday, November 14, 12
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  32. 32. Texas Supreme Court Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (2005) • 11 Mediator can’t give legal or other professional advice. • 13 Postpone, terminate, or recess if the case is inappropriate for mediation or one or more of the parties is unwilling or unable to participate in the mediation process.Wednesday, November 14, 12
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  34. 34. Texas Supreme Court Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (2005) • 2 Mediator should protect the integrity of the mediation process, beginning with first communication. • 10 cmt. A mediator should not knowingly misrepresent any material fact or circumstance in the course of mediation.Wednesday, November 14, 12
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  36. 36. Texas Supreme Court Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (2005)Wednesday, November 14, 12
  37. 37. Texas Supreme Court Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (2005) • 8 Mediator should not reveal information made available in the mediation process, which is privileged and confidential, unless the affected parties agree or may be required by law.Wednesday, November 14, 12
  38. 38. Texas Supreme Court Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (2005) • 8 Mediator should not reveal information made available in the mediation process, which is privileged and confidential, unless the affected parties agree or may be required by law. • 8 cmt. (a) Mediator should not permit recordings or transcripts to be made of mediation proceedings.Wednesday, November 14, 12
  39. 39. 3 keys • Confidentiality • Impartiality • Conflicts of InterestWednesday, November 14, 12
  40. 40. facebook.com/ dbaadrWednesday, November 14, 12
  41. 41. Advanced Mediation Training Lee Jay Berman December 13 dbamediationtraining. eventbrite.comWednesday, November 14, 12
  42. 42. txmediator.orgWednesday, November 14, 12

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