Sarah Miller Espinosa, J.D., is a labor arbitrator, mediator, and organizational ombuds. Sarah is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and is listed on a number of labor arbitration rosters and panels, including those administered by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association, the National Mediation Board, DC PERB, NJ PERC, and NY PERB. Sarah serves on various arbitration and mediation panels. Sarah served as the founding ombuds for the Prince William County Schools, a Pre-K – 12 public school division in Northern Virginia serving approximately 92,000 students and 11,000 employees and as founding ombuds for Montgomery College, a multi-campus community college in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sarah is a contributing educator for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University. Sarah has also served as a part-time instructor at UMBC and Montgomery College. Sarah is a member of various professional organizations, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Ethics Committee and president of the LERA Virginia Chapter. Prior to transitioning to full-time neutral work in 2013, Sarah served in a variety of roles, including vice president of human resources, labor relations director and chief negotiator, and as a mediator and assistant general counsel for the Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and the State of Connecticut Board of Labor Relations. She is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Strong ethical awareness is an essential competency for mediators and arbitrators. Alternative Dispute Resolution is no longer a risk-free environment for mediators and other neutrals. As codes of conduct and grievance processes proliferate and second-guessing and litigation increase, you must become better aware of the variety of ethical dilemmas you will face.
Ethics in Mediation and Arbitration improves your ethical awareness and develops your competency for addressing sticky ethical situations. In this course you'll gain the clarity about the ethics of neutral roles and practice techniques to apply in practice. Sarah Miller Espinosa, a skilled neutral and expert in ethics, will guide you as you explore complex and real situations and cases that present ethical challenges. This work will prepare you to act ethically in your work as a neutral.
Key Course Takeaways
- Shape expectations and handle or avoid ethical problems
- Examine the critical role of context, party expectations, and how variations in ADR settings impact your conduct as a neutral
- Explore how outcomes may vary under potentially relevant legislation, rules, and other authorities