California’s mediation confidentiality rules protect most mediation communications against disclosure in subsequent litigation, including suits against lawyers whose actions during mediations have resulted in malpractice suits. But the scope of mediation confidentiality is being reconsidered, and the California Law Revision Commission has drafted a proposed new limitation on mediation confidentiality that would permit disclosure of confidential information and private matters revealed in mediations — possibly in open court — if one of the parties brings a malpractice action against his or her lawyer.
Two mediators (also lawyers) familiar with the background and current state of the Law Revision Commission’s deliberations, and the potential consequences of the Commission’s work, will present an update on the Law Revision Commission’s deliberations and provide an opportunity to explore how mediators and lawyers might prepare themselves for the changes the CLRC seems likely to recommend.
2.0 HOURS OF CLE CREDITS (ETHICS)
$25.00 for SCMA members
$75.00 for non-members
Free for Sustaining Members
USC GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW, ROOM 130
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Phyllis G. Pollack
Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq., the principal of PGP Mediation (www.pgpmediation.com), has been a mediator in Los Angeles, California since 2000. She has conducted over 1500 mediations. As an attorney with more than 35 years’ experience, she utilizes her diverse background to resolve business, commercial, international trade, real estate, employment and lemon law disputes at both the state and federal trial and state appellate court levels.
She is a past chair of State Bar of California’s ADR Committee. She has served on the board of the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC) (2012-2013), is a past president and past treasurer of the SCMA Education Foundation (2011-2013) and a past president (2010) of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).
Ms. Pollack received her BA degree in sociology in 1973 from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her JD degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1977. She is an active member of both the Louisiana and California bars. Pollack believes that it is never too late to mediate a dispute and recommends mediation over litigation as it allows the parties to decide their own solutions.
865 S. Figueroa St., Suite 1388
Los Angeles, CA 90017
E-mail: Phyllis@pgpmediation.com .
LEE L. BLACKMAN
Lee Blackman is the Principal of Blackman ADR Services (BlackmanADR.com). Before deciding to mediate exclusively, Mr. Blackman was a litigation partner in the Los Angeles offices of McDermott, Will & Emery. His focus is mediating disputes involving intellectual property, real estate, civil rights, employment, insurance, professional negligence, and personal injury matters.
Mr. Blackman is a member of the Mediation Panel of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, acts as an Arbitrator and Mediator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Attorney Client Mediation and Arbitration Service, and is a member of many additional mediation panels. He is a Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Attorney Client Mediation and Arbitration Service and a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association.
He recently authored Ten Pillars for Lawyers Preparing to Mediate the Litigated Case, https://www.scmediation.org/2015/09/principles-of-mediation/ (2015).
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