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The Professional Lawyer Volume 26, Number 1

Vol. 26 No. 1   July 2019



Behind the Curtain: Ethics for Mediators

Written by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Ethics Subcommittee, this article focuses on the importance of hiring a mediator regulated by a Code of Ethics. Mediation is still largely unregulated, though some states regulate particular types of mediators. The different regulations that exist for mediators are briefly discussed, as well as the codes of ethics for mediators, including the 2005 Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators.


Dishonest Or Unworthy Clients: Pink Flags

Douglas R. Richmond, Managing Director of Aon in Kansas City, MO, writes on the liability risk of dishonest clients. A majority of the costliest publicly-reported settlements involving U.S. law firms are due to the representation of such clients. Mr. Richmond identifies “pink flags,” in contrast to “red flags,” as warning signs that potentially display prospective or existing client dishonesty or unworthiness. To aid in the identification of pink flags, he highlights several elements lawyers should pay special attention to when dealing with clients and evaluating their trustworthiness.

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