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The Mediation Society is a non-profit organization based in Northern California that is composed of trained and experienced mediators who meet regularly to share information, develop mediation skills and techniques, and enjoy an atmosphere of fellowship among peers. To this end, the Society sponsors dinners, round tables and workshops in San Francisco featuring leading local, national and international speakers and subjects in the field of mediation. Membership in the Society and participation in its activities are intended to further the advancement of the practice of mediation, both locally and nationally, and to foster an appreciation for mediation as a valuable form of alternative dispute resolution.

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Ron Kelly

Follow-Up to Urgent Message Regarding Mediation Confidentiality by Ron Kelly

The views expressed are those of the author. The Mediation Society has not taken an official position on this issue. TMS board and members have varying views on this topic. This information is being provided to alert members interested in developments, so that those who wish to express a view on the matter to CLRC may do so in a timely manner.

Commission Again Votes to Remove Confidentiality Protections
Confidentiality Update - Oct. 8 Law Revision Commission Meeting - Good News, Bad News

At their October 8 meeting, the California Law Revision Commission again took a series of votes on their Study K-402. Since their August 7 meeting and voting, they had received hundreds of communications from mediators, mediation organizations, and retired judges opposing their decision to remove our current confidentiality protections whenever lawyer misconduct is alleged. Many of these are available here:  http://www.clrc.ca.gov/pub/2015/MM15-46.pdf

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* * Ron is one of the principal architects of California mediation law. He served as the expert advisor in the drafting and enactment of California's main chapter defining and governing mediation (Evidence Code sections 1115-1128).  He's been honored with the Mediation Society's Lifetime Achievement Award and seven other ADR awards for his work in building the field.  Mediating since 1970 and arbitrating since 1986, he's a founder of two of California's main ADR professional organizations. Ron has trained thousands of lawyers, judges, government officials, and business professionals on four continents, and his training materials are licensed and used around the world in numerous languages.  Judges in nearly every superior court in the Bay Area have chosen to enroll in his trainings.  He regularly trains mediators and arbitrators through the Bar Association of San Francisco, other Bay Area bar associations, and through UC Berkeley's CLE program.