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Policy Practicum: Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice in California

The issue of confidentiality is central to contemporary mediation practice, yet raises significant public policy issues. The California Legislature has directed the California Law Revision Commission to analyze "the relationship under current law between mediation confidentiality and attorney malpractice and other misconduct and the purposes for, and impact of, those laws on public protection, professional ethics, attorney discipline, client rights, the willingness of parties to participate in voluntary and mandatory mediation, and the effectiveness of mediation, as well as any other issues that the Commission deems relevant," with an eye to making recommendations for revising relevant state law. California is a leader in the ADR domain and significant changes in its policies regarding mediation have the potential to affect mediation law in other state courts as well as the federal court system. In this practicum students will work collaboratively to assist Commission staff identify issues for research and analysis, conduct research and prepare policy memoranda for consideration of Commission staff.nElements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written AssignmentsnConsent Application: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors at and See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.

2013-2014 Autumn
Notes: Law Unit Limitation. Instructor consent required. Research Requirement for Law Degree. This class section has been cancelled!
2013-2014 Winter
01/06/2014 - 03/10/2014
Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

Instructors for this course

Janet Martinez
Deborah R. Hensler