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When Good Mediators Make Bad Decisions:
A Look at Ethical Fading in Mediation
Presented by Stephanie Blondell
An important, foundational approach to mediation ethics is, of course, thorough knowledge of the relevant codes, statutes, and rules in your jurisdiction. This session takes an alternate psychological approach to ethics and asks the question: How do good ethical mediators make bad ethical decisions? We will examine the range of psychological processes that lead people to engage in ethically questionable behaviors that are often inconsistent with their preferred moral code. We will explore how this ethical fading happens in the mediation profession and how to prevent it.
- When: Saturday January 26, 2019
- Time: 10am – 12 Noon
- Where: Location TBD (Los Angeles)
About the Presenter
Stephanie Bell Blondell is an Associate Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and an Assistant Professor of Law and Practice. She supervises the Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice, Psychology of Conflict and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Professor Blondell served as the Manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, a tri-county labor-management and public policy mediation program in the Seattle area. Prior to this she was the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented a labor and employment mediation program for city government. Before joining Straus full time, Blondell served as an adjunct at Straus, Seattle University School of Law, and has taught at the University of Washington Master’s in Public Administration Program for the last 15 years. Professor Blondelll earned her B.A. with Honors in American Civilization from Brown University, and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.