Event Calendar

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Arbitrator Ethics Video Option

Start Date: 8/29/2018 9:00 AM PDT
End Date: 9/1/2019 9:00 AM PDT

Location:
800 Fifth Avenue, 38th Floor Conference Room
Seattle, WA  United States  98104

Organization Name: WDTL

Contact:
Maggie Sweeney
Email: maggie@wdtl.org
Phone: 206-749-0319

Video Option: WDTL's Arbitrator Ethics program is available for download and viewing: Comply with the new Civil Arbitration Statute, earn 3 CLE Ethics Credits and Support WDTL.   

The Video will be available following the August 27 program.  Following registration, you will receive an email with a link to the Video.

On September 1, 2018, the Civil Arbitration Statute, RCW 7.06, will go into effect.  The new law requires arbitrators to complete 3 hours of training on the professional and ethical considerations for serving as arbitrator.  (Superior Court Judges may waive this requirement for arbitrators who have acted as an arbitrator five or more times previously.)

Fee:                $150 Member/ $200 non-Member

WDTL is providing this program so that our members may meet the requirements of RCW 7.06 and gain additional insights into the ethical challenges presented to arbitrators.  

Topics Include:

  1. Ethical Considerations when serving as an Arbitrator and have a Defense practice.
  2. Ethical Considerations when serving as an Arbitrator and have a Plaintiff’s practice.
  3. Ethical Dilemmas in Arbitrations.
  4. A view from a Neutral: Ethical and professional perspectives.
 
Chair: Levi Bendele, Tyson & Mendes
 
Speakers:
Chris Howard, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Karen Bamberger, Betts Patterson & Mines
Alice Brown, GEICO
Dean Standish Perkins, Dean Standish Perkins & Associates
Colleen Barrett, Barrett Mediation



RCW 7.06.040
Qualifications, appointment, and compensation of arbitrators. (Effective September 1, 2018.)
(1) The appointment of arbitrators shall be prescribed by rules adopted by the supreme court. An arbitrator must be a member of the state bar association who has been admitted to the bar for a minimum of five years or who is a retired judge.
(2)(a) A person may not serve as an arbitrator unless the person has completed a minimum of three credits of Washington state bar association approved continuing legal education credits on the professional and ethical consideration for serving as an arbitrator. A person serving as an arbitrator must file a declaration or affidavit stating or certifying to the appointing court that the person is in compliance with this section.
(b) The superior court judge or judges in any county may choose to waive the requirements of this subsection (2) for arbitrators who have acted as an arbitrator five or more times previously.
(3) The parties may stipulate to a nonlawyer arbitrator. The supreme court may prescribe by rule additional qualifications of arbitrators.
(4) Arbitrators shall be compensated in the same amount and manner as judges pro tempore of the superior court.
 
 


Benefits of WDTL Membership

WDTL is committed to helping our over 700 members elevate their civil defense practice through:

  • Professional networking opportunities including four regional judicial receptions and events to support our diverse, women and developing attorneys;
  • Timely continuing legal education programs specialized to our members' practices including monthly complimentary "brown bags";
  • Committed advocacy in legislative and appellate matters important to our members;
  • Quarterly newsletter that provides updates on hot and emerging topics to keep our members up to date;
  • Access to an engaging and useful listserve to share and gain information with fellow members; and
  • Collegiality, professionalism and fun!