5th DCA 1992), and to the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee
[hereinafter "MEAC"] Opinion 2004-06.
The Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee shall provide written advisory opinions to mediators subject to these rules in response to ethical questions arising from the Standards of Professional Conduct.
The Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee shall be composed of 9 members, 3 from each geographic division served by the Mediator Qualifications Board.
For that sum, the DRC puts on an annual conference and provides staff assistance to four Supreme Court committees: Supreme Court Committee on ADR Rules and Policy, Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, Mediator Qualifications Board, and the Mediation Training Review Board.
As the letter writer mentions, the center also provides staff support to four Supreme Court appointed committees and their subcommittees: the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy; the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee; the Mediator Qualifications Board; and the Mediator Training Review Board.
conflict of interest." (46) Clear "conflicts occur when circumstances or relationships involving the mediator cannot be reasonably regarded as allowing the mediator to maintain impartiality." (47) "Impartiality means freedom from favoritism or bias in word, action, or appearance, and includes a commitment to assist all parties, as opposed to any one individual." (48) Examples of clear conflicts identified by the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee include a father serving as mediator for a case his daughter-lawyer is handling, (49) and a lawyer-mediator mediating a case for a third-party administrator with whom he has a legal relationship.
(10) Florida Supreme Courts, Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) Opinions, available at www.flcourts.org/gen-public/ adr/conftrng.shtml.
Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said the Supreme Court's Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee
is looking at the issue, and it should have a recommendation by the PEC's January meeting.