The Association of Attorney-Mediators (AAM) is a nonprofit trade association of qualified, independent attorney-mediators. Members of AAM must meet qualifications and ethical standards which meet or exceed state or Federal requirements for mediators.
AAM is designed for the improvement of existing court system. This association supports and promotes professional and qualified attorney-mediators who are intended for a court-annexed mediation.
AAM invites qualified attorney-mediators with adequate training approved by AAM and who possess and maintain requisite levels of integrity, expertise, and involvement in the mediation process.
AAM concentrates on activities to improve the effectiveness, consistency and skills of attorney-mediators and expand the body of knowledge, awareness and expertise about mediation. This association promotes the highest ethics, qualifications and training standards for attorney-mediators.
Its members are qualified, independent attorney-mediators offering mediation services. The mediators are united by a common commitment: “. . . to achieve the prompt, fair and cost effective resolution of disputes through voluntary and court-annexed mediation.”
AAM has more than 300 members and they collectively mediated in excess of 130,000 cases. There are certain qualifications for AAM initial membership. They are:
- The applicant must be licensed for a minimum of eight years, five years for associate membership and in good standing with a local jurisdictional authority.
- The applicant must provide to AAM at least three attorney references on the form provided by it, from lawyers in his/her community with whom the applicant is not presently associated.
- The applicant must be willing to participate in any grievance or feedback procedures adopted by AAM and to observe all ethical standards adopted by AAM.
- The applicant must have completed a training program approved by AAM.
There are also some qualifications for its continuing membership. They are:
- Conducting five formal mediations or a combination of mediations and observations per calendar year, including Settlement Week mediations and Pro Bono mediations for each calendar year following the third anniversary of the member’s admission into AAM.
- Completing five MCLE hours of ADR per calendar year.
- Completing one mediation observation per calendar year with an AAM member or viewing the AAM video. Active co-mediators qualify to fulfill this requirement. Renewing members reporting 100 or more total mediations conducted, and renewing members who have less than 100 total mediations but who are reporting 25 or more mediations conducted in the preceding calendar year, are exempt from this observation requirement.
- Making oneself available for at least two Pro Bono mediations per year at the request of a Court.
- Complying with all reporting requirements established by AAM.
- Paying all AAM dues and special assessments, if any, by due date of each year.
- Complying with all ethical standards promulgated by AAM.
- Participating in any grievance/feedback procedures established by AAM.
AAM proposed some ethical guidelines to promote public confidence in the mediation process and to be a general guide for mediator conduct. They are not intended to be disciplinary rules or a code of conduct. Mediators should be responsible to the parties, the courts and the public, and should conduct themselves accordingly. These ethical guidelines are intended to apply to mediators conducting mediations in connection with all civil, criminal, administrative and appellate matters, whether the mediation is pre-suit or court-annexed and whether the mediation is court-ordered or voluntary.