Section News

Volume 19 No. 1

Final Report Published by the Section Task Force on Mediator Credentialing

In October 2011, the Section Council appointed a Task Force to recommend whether the Section should adopt a policy on mediator credentialing. The Task Force concluded that the Section should not support creating a single nationwide credentialing system because there is a lack of consensus at this time about the attributes of the mediation process or a process for determining competency. However, the Task Force recommended that the Section should support local initiatives and innovations in mediator credentialing provided they meet six guidelines for what an effective credentialing program should include:

1.         Clearly define the skills, knowledge and values that credentialed persons must possess.

2.         Ensure candidates have training adequate to install those skills, knowledge and values.

3.         Be administered by an organization distinct from the organization that trains the candidate.

4.         Have an assessment process capable of consistently determining whether candidates possess the defined skills, knowledge and values.

5.         Explain clearly to persons likely to rely on its credential what is being certified.

6.         Provide an accessible, transparent system to handle complaints against credentialed mediators, including de-credentialing mediators who fail to comply with the standards.

The Task Force expressed that Section should not support credentialing systems that operate as mandatory licensing programs, programs that bar non-lawyers from becoming credentialed, or programs that bar disputants from selecting a non-credentialed mediator.

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Upcoming Section Events

Teleconference: Fallout from Concepcion
December 11, 2012

2013 ABA Midyear Meeting
Dallas, Texas
February 6 – 12, 2013
Section meeting dates TBD

Teleconference: Point Counterpoint on Mediation Representation
February 12, 2013

Teleconference: Negotiation Ethics Rules 4.1 and 3.3
March 12, 2013

2013 Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference
April 3-6, 2013
Chicago, IL

2013 ABA Annual Meeting
August 8 – 13
San Francisco, CA
Section meeting dates TBD

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION MAGAZINE is published quarterly (4 times a year) by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. Dispute Resolution Magazine provides timely, insightful and resourceful information regarding the latest developments, news and trends in the growing field of dispute resolution throughout the world and features internationally-known scholars and practitioners as authors.


Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board

Joseph B. Stulberg
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Columbus, OH


Andrea Kupfer Schneider
Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee, WI


Chair Emeritus
Frank Sander
Cambridge, MA


James Coben
Hamline University School of Law
St. Paul, MN


Marvin Johnson
Silver Spring, MD


Bennett G. Picker
Stradley Ronon
Philadelphia, PA


Effie D. Silva
McDermott Will & Emory LLP
Miami, FL


Donna Stienstra
Federal Judicial Center
Washington, DC


Zena Zumeta
Mediation Training & Consultation Institute
Ann Arbor, MI


Nancy Welsh
Carlisle, PA
Council Liaison


Gina Viola Brown


Associate Editor
Louisa Williams

Law Student Editors
Darlene Hemerka

Joyce Fondong

Penn State University

Dickinson Schools of Law


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