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Time to Change Mediation Confidentiality Laws?

ADR Section
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
1000 Broadway
Suite 480
Oakland CA, 94607
Registration Closes:
Do you ever use mediation or conduct it? After the California Supreme Court's strict interpretation in Cassel, many have argued that mediation confidentiality provides a "get-out-of-jail-free-card" to people who make statements during a mediation that would otherwise have major legal ramifications. The Conference of County Bar Associations sponsored legislation last year to amend our current laws. After heated lobbying in opposite directions, the Legislature directed the Law Revision Commission to conduct a thorough review and make recommendations.
Should exceptions be made for admissibility of mediation communications directly between the client and his/her attorney if the client alleges professional negligence or misconduct? Would these exceptions impair lawyers' ability to be effective and honest during the mediation process? How would you craft exceptions to preserve candid communication?

Do you want our mediation laws changed? If so, how? Ron Kelly served as the lead expert advisor to the Law Revision Commission in drafting California's main mediation confidentiality statutes (Evidence Code sections 1115-1128). He will again be taking an active role in advising the Commission.

Come join us for a lively discussion of the proposed changes and help your bright ideas get heard in Sacramento.

Ron Kelly
Time to Change Mediation Confidentiality Laws?
2/27/2013 12:00 AM
Ron Kelly is one of the principal architects of California mediation law. He has been honored with eight major ADR awards for his work in building the field, including Peacemaker of the Year in California, and Honored Instructor in Berkeley. Mediating since 1970, arbitrating since 1986, he's a co-founder of two of California's main ADR professional organizations.

Ron has trained thousands of lawyers, judges, government officials and business professionals on four continents, and his training materials are licensed and used around the world in several languages. Judges in every superior court in the Bay Area have chosen to enroll in his trainings.

Event Cost:
MCLE-Plus Members
ADR Section
ACBA Members
1.5 hr(s)