Ethical Challenges of Public Sector Mediation
Speaker: Joseph G. Jarret, Attorney at Law, Federal & State Mediator
Generally speaking, citizens who seek redress from government for perceived wrongs in tort, civil rights violations, etc., generally come in two categories: Those who feel you just can’t fight City Hall and, those who feel as tax payers, come cloaked in an aura of entitlement. Consequently, mediating cases when one of the parties is the government can provide unique challenges for today’s Tennessee mediator. For instance, when undertaking public sector mediation, the mediator is well-advised to presume that there are people who are not at the bargaining table who can influence the outcome of the session. Further, the government’s attorney, used to operating under Tennessee’s Open Government or Sunshine laws, may have difficulty with the confidentiality aspects of the mediation session. It is ethical conundrums like the aforementioned that will be discussed during this program.
1.0 Hour of Mediation Ethics