Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality

Task Force on Improving Mediation QualityTask Force on Improving Mediation Quality

American Bar Association

Section of Dispute Resolution
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
740 15th St. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 662-1680
Fax (202) 662-1683
dispute@abanet.org
www.abanet.org/dispute

 

Introduction and Summary
History

In January, 2006 the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution formed a
task force to address issues of quality in mediation. The task force followed efforts by
the Section of Dispute Resolution and other organizations to evaluate the feasibility of a
national mediation credential. After determining that a national credentialing program
was not feasible for the current mediation marketplace, the Section of Dispute
Resolution formed the “Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality” to investigate
factors that define high quality mediation practice.

 
Task Force Membership and Approach

 

The seventeen Task Force members appointed by the officers of the Section of Dispute
Resolution represent a diverse range of geographic locations, mediation perspectives, and
practice areas (see Appendix A for a list of Task Force members). Task Force members
include lawyers and non-lawyer mediators, lawyers who represent clients in mediation,
academics, and administrators of court-connected mediation programs. Recognizing that
the mediation field is broad and complex, the Task Force narrowed its focus to mediation
quality in private practice civil cases (including commercial, tort, employment,
construction, and other kinds of disputes that are typically litigated in civil cases, but not
domestic, family law, or community disputes) where the parties are usually represented
by counsel in mediation. The Task Force decided to take this approach in the belief that
this focus would inform it about quality issues in a narrow, reasonably well-developed
area of mediation practice, provide recommendations for improving mediation practice in
that context, and perhaps suggest improvements for other areas of mediation practice that
could be the focus of additional later efforts by the ABA or other groups.

 

Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality

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