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Course Descriptions

ADR Ethics (Fall 2019)

Course Description

Co-taught with Professor Phyllis Pollack 

This is a required course for completion of the ADR Certificate, for a LLM degree in ADR, and for a Master’s degree in dispute resolution.  The ADR Ethics course covers ethical obligations of attorneys and neutrals in commonly used ADR processes, including negotiation, and mediation.  The course will be co-taught by two instructors  and will be presented through both lectures and interactive experiences.  In-class polls will be used for student practice and progress checks and will evidence class participation.

            The course will examine applicable ethical  concepts and the practices and situations most frequently giving rise to ethical questions.  California, and ABA ethical rules and practices will be analyzed, including uniform model rules.  The course will describe the ethical conundrums in mixed modes of alternative dispute resolution.

C.  Learning Objectives

            By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Recognize problematic situations pertaining to common issues that arise in mediations and when and how to conduct further research, if appropriate;
Compare/contrast ABA and state mediation rules;
Analyze hypothetical mediations by referencing the ABA Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators, Uniform Mediation Act, and California statutes   ;
Analyze professional conduct based on rules pertaining to advertising, marketing, and soliciting;

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 1
  • Exam: Take-home exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no