What are the requirements that govern how we advise clients and assist them with dispute resolution?
For lawyers well-versed in the battle origins of trial practice, the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct concerning ADR counseling and competence might seem a paradigm shift; Virginia is almost unique for having specific rules on the subject (i.e. there are some departures from the Model Rules).
As part of an outreach effort to assist Virginia lawyers in complying with these rules, the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee presented a course, "Well-Tailored ADR: Getting Your Client the Right Fit is a Matter of Ethics." Although offered in 2009, the course content is more relevant than ever!
Highlights from the course and outreach effort include:
"Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct," by Lawrence H. Hoover Jr.
"New Skills for Lawyers as ADR Counselors and Gatekeepers" [PDF], a guest column by Jeanne F. Franklin that appeared in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, reprinted with permission from VLW.
"Counselors at Law," a message from former Joint ADR Committee Chair Bruce Wallinger
Selected program materials [PDF]