Mediation Opinions & Decisions

Attorney General Opinion:

No. 06-079 - Mediation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Judicial Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion:

99-6 - Relating to a General Sessions Court Judge acting as a Rule 31 mediator

Board of Professional Responsibility Formal Ethical Opinions:

93-F-130 - Relating to a domestic relations mediation program

93-F-131 - Relating to whether a licensed attorney engaged in the regular practice of law and also serving as a mediator may indicate both activities together on letterhead, office sign, professional card, or publication

98-F-142 - Relating to the use of the phrases "Approved Rule 31 Mediator" or "Tennessee Supreme Court Approved Mediator"

99-F-143 - Relating to confidentiality between a client and an attorney where the attorney has been hired by an insurance company.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Formal Grievance Decisions:

Grievance Decision - January 3, 2006

Grievance Decision - 2011

Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Ethics Advisory Opinions:

Advisory opinion 2010-0001 - Relating to mediators accepting gifts

Advisory opinion 2010-0002 - Relating to an assault occurring during a mediation

Advisory opinion 2012-0001 - Relating to whether Rule 31, Section 10(d) prohibits a mediator from testifying as an expert witness in a proceeding that seeks judicial interpretation and construction of a MOU drafted by the mediator

Advisory opinion 2012-0002 - Relating to the following issue presented-Where a party lodges a complaint of unethical attorney behavior with the Board of Professional Responsibility, do the confidentiality provisions of Rule 31, ยง10(d) enjoin the mediator from testifying on behalf of the accused attorney?

Advisory opinion 2014-0001 - Regarding various issues relating to the scope of Rule 31.

Advisory opinion 2014-0002 - Regarding various issues relating to a psychiatrist being a Rule 31 listed mediator.