Disaster Resources for Lawyers & Law Firms
Disasters come in all shapes and sizes, from a burst pipe to a “Katrina sized” event. Regardless of the size and scope, lawyers must take steps to protect their practices and serve their clients – and possibly other victims affected by a disaster. The resources here will help lawyers and firms prepare for and respond to disasters.
Mediation for Foreclosure
The ABA House of Delegates has unanimously adopted a Section Resolution supporting Mediation for Foreclosure cases and has established a subcommittee to help foreclosure mediation programs in states where they don’t exist, to provide support to programs that are already operating, and to help educate homeowners and lenders of the value of low cost mediation as an element of such programs. For further information, contact David Moora of the ABA. The Section of Dispute Resolution also maintains a list of resources on Residential Foreclosure Mediation for ADR Professionals.
Free Guide to Dispute Resolution
The ABA-DR Section has a Free Guide to Dispute Resolution available to educate members of the public about dispute resolution processes that are commonly used to resolve legal, community, school, public policy and other types of disputes.
ABA Mediation Standing Committee
The American Bar Association has established a Standing Committee to answer questions from mediators, parties to a mediation, and their lawyers regarding Mediation Ethics questions. Persons submitting questions do not need to be members of the ABA. Answers will be based on state ethics authorities and the American Bar Association Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005). The advisory opinions are available for review.
ABA Dispute Resolution Resources
The Section of Dispute Resolution of the ABA maintains a resources page that provides both high level and detailed information about mediation to attorneys, their clients, and the general public. Opinions on Mediation Ethics are also available. Persons submitting ethics questions do not need to be members of the ABA or the Section of Dispute Resolution. Answers will be based on state ethics authorities and the American Bar Association Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators.