July 21, 2018

Shelf Number: 1500 - 05

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Guidelines on Mediation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

This set of guidelines was developed to assist Virginia mediators in avoiding the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) when providing mediation services. The guidelines consist of three chapters. Chapter 1 is an introduction that traces the historical development of UPL rules and helps define the specific UPL issues that are relevant to mediation. Chapter 2 discusses the difference between legal informatin and legal advice and gives specific examples of which mediator activities are permissible and which may constitute the practice of law. Chapter 3 discusses the issue of mediators drafting agreements for disputants without contravening the various statutes, UPL rules, and ethical standards that govern mediators in Virginia.

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Producer: Supreme Court of Virginia

Source: SJI