Newly established working group announces first meeting to discuss adapting Uniform Mediation Act to fit needs of Massachusetts mediators

Group proposes adapting Uniform Mediation Act to meet needs of Massachusetts mediatorsSeveral months ago I reported that the Boston Bar Association (BBA) had announced that it had drafted a proposed amendment to the Massachusetts statute protecting mediation confidentiality.

Now another group is forging off in a new direction. The Massachusetts Uniform Mediation Act Working Group (MassUMA) has extended an open invitation to mediation organizations and private practitioners to explore the feasibility of replacing the Massachusetts mediation confidentiality statute with an adapted version of the Uniform Mediation Act.

The first meeting will be held on Friday, September 8, 2006, at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the 4th Floor Faculty Dining Room. Please RSVP with Israela Brill-Cass by email or by phone at 617-439-4700 no later than Friday, September 1, 2006.

More information about MassUMA is available at its web site at www.MassUMA.com.

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