Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance provides advisory responses to requests for ethical guidance based on the American Bar Association/American Arbitration Association/Association for Conflict Resolution Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005). The scope of the Committee is limited to the consideration of ethical issues pertaining to mediation. Members of the Ethical Guidance Committee are appointed by the Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

Introduction from the Committee

The Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance has been providing ethical guidance for mediators since 2007. In that time, the committee has issued nineteen opinions on novel and timely issues in the field of mediation.

All past opinions from the committee are available at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolutions Ethics in Dispute Resolution Open Forum Connect Community

The Committee is open to receiving requests from all sectors of the dispute resolution community -- e.g., mediators, mediation programs, and participants in mediations.

Anyone can submit a request using this form or directly to any Committee Member or through any member of the ABA-DRS staff who will then forward the inquiry to the Committee. 

Featured Articles

Mediation Week 2020

It’s Mediation Week! Visit the Mediation Week to see programs scheduled this week, review articles released each day, and learn about ways to get involved.

ADR Ethics Resources Website Revamped

The Section of Dispute Resolution has compiled helpful resources related to ethics for dispute resolution practitioners.

Check out the new page!

Check out our newly renovated ethics resources page for links to standards, policies, and rules, as well as Dispute Resolution Magazine articles and webinars related to ethics.

Diversity Committee Survey on Resolution 105

As part of our efforts to encourage the selection of diverse neutrals, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Diversity Committee is conducting a quick 3-question survey to get your input about the best ways to implement Resolution 105, the recent ABA resolution that promotes the selection of neutrals from diverse backgrounds. The survey closes on Wednesday, October 28.

ABA Giving Day

Legal services are human services, and on ABA Giving Day you can counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America. Donate on October 29 to support life-changing diversity initiatives or expand free legal services to marginalized communities.

October 25-31, 2020

Held in conjunction with the National Celebration of Pro Bono – the week of October 25-31 – ABA Giving Day highlights the collective power of free legal services and offers ways for you to bring about a more just society.

Mark your calendars for ABA Giving Day – October 29 – to transform the life of someone in need.