Posted on Sep 18, 2019 |CLE Events

CLE Webcast: Ethics in Mediation
Presented by Lawline
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Streams Live: 10:00 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET
Continuing Legal Education: 1 CLE credit (Ethics) will be earned by all who participate in the 50 minute presentation

NAM neutral, Hon. John P. DiBlasi, J.S.C. (Ret.), has been invited by Lawline to present a one-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webcast entitled Ethics in Mediation that will stream live on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Hon. John P. DiBlasi, J.S.C. Hearing Officer for NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) with name written under picture

The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) particularly in the area of mediation has grown dramatically in the past ten years. However, it is a process that many counsel lack familiarity with. Of importance are the ethical considerations that attach to settlement negotiations. While trust of an adversary is a relative thing there is an ethical obligation of fair dealing when negotiating a settlement. The absence of same will breed mistrust which will detrimentally affect the mediation process.

The course, presented by Hon. John P. DiBlasi (Ret.), will explore ethical considerations as they relate to settlement negotiations generally and with opposing counsel, issues relating to the representation of the client, problems that may arise with respect to the parties that attend the mediation, confidentiality, conveyance of demands and offers, disclosure of new information, insurance issues, the submission of pre-mediation submissions and other topics. The course will focus on the ethical obligation to negotiate in good faith and strategies of a proactive approach by counsel to head off bad faith behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how to successfully and ethically navigate common problems that arise in ADR, particularly surrounding confidentiality, conveyance of demands and offers, disclosure of new information, insurance issues, and more
  • Identify strategies to head off bad faith behavior
  • Focus on the ethical obligation to negotiate in good faith


About NAM's Presenter

Hon. John P. DiBlasi is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Commercial Division, has mediated thousands of cases throughout his career. He is experienced in resolving cases across a wide array of legal practice areas, including commercial, class action, construction, employment disputes, environmental, finance, insurance, international, land use, and professional liability, among others. In addition to being named a top mediator in the nation, he has been ranked a Top 10 Mediator by the New York Law Journal Annual Survey for nine consecutive years. In 2018, for the third year in a row, he was named an Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion by the National Law Journal, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubble in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation – a distinction given only to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

Judge DiBlasi is available to arbitrate and mediate cases throughout the United States.

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