January 01, 2015 EXP

Staying Active in ADR Proceedings after Retirement Raises Unique Issues

Thomas E. Spahn

Some lawyers fantasize about, or take steps to undertake, what some call “recareering” after their retirement. One alternative would be for retired lawyers to represent parties in mediations or arbitrations, or even act as mediators or arbitrators themselves. These alternative dispute resolution (ADR) roles hold out the hope for a part-time professional life in a fairly friendly setting—with all the familiar lingo. However, any lawyer thinking of these post-retirement possibilities should use his or her lawyerly skills to check on a number of issues.

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