Ethics & Mediation

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
1.00 Ethics CLE Credit
Live and Webcast options available



  • Influence of attorney fees on settlement decisions
  • Informed consent: duty to explain risks and reasonable alternatives to client
  • Confidentiality and possible exceptions
  • Disagreement between lawyer and client regarding settlement
  • Duty to be truthful: how far does it extend?
  • Mediator’s duty to respect party self-determination
  • Mediator’s dilemma: conflict between duty to be impartial and ensuring informed consent when dealing with a pro se party

Distinguished Faculty

Hon. Bruce Heller (Ret.) | Judicial Dispute Resolution, LLC; King County Superior Court

Hon. Bruce Heller (Ret.) is a mediator and arbitrator with JDR. He has handled numerous mediations and arbitrations across a wide range of civil cases. He is a panelist on the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of commercial arbitrators. Judge Heller was appointed to the King County Superior Court by Governor Chris Gregoire in 2007 and served for almost a decade. While on the bench, he was known for his expertise in handling complex civil matters, including class action, medical and legal malpractice, employment, personal injury insurance and commercial cases. He was also an active settlement judge. Before taking the bench, Judge Heller was a litigator for 25 years with an emphasis on labor and employment. He also served as a mediator and arbitrator while in private practice. Education: UC Berkeley Law School, J.D.; Stanford University, B.A. with distinction.

Please Note:

If you must cancel, tuition will be refunded less a $10 administrative fee, so long as cancellation is received in writing to by 5:00pm, April 17, 2020. After this date, no refunds will be permitted. However, substitute attendees are welcome.

Please advise KCBA in advance of any condition that may impact your participation at the seminar so we may arrange appropriate and comfortable accommodation in time for the program.


Event Details

April 22, 2020
Registration: 11:45 AM
Program: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Credits: 1.00 Ethics CLE Credit
1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle,  WA