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An arbitrator brings his or her experience, knowledge and personal dispositions to the arbitration hearing. The tension between those factors and the duty of arbitral neutrality are discussed.

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The author describes the need for arbitrators to be open, respectful, and authentic, in appearance as well as in fact, in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism or prejudgment

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The author addresses whether arbitrators face improper conflicts of interest when trying to please repeat-player clients or when serving as party-appointed arbitrator advocates.

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A discussion of the ethical responsibilities of arbitrators, including the duty to disclose any factor that a reasonable person might regard as material. Methods of disclosure are also discussed. Hypotheticals are offered, to illustrate the range of what should be disclosed.

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Recent developments in professional ethics: Implications for arbitrators and advocates.

An examination of the ethics of arbitrators advertising their services, including employment arbitration and mediation; of furnishing training to solely one party; and of serving as an expert witness. Amendment of the Code of Professional Responsibility in 1996, to permit the providing of accurate and objective information about an arbitrator, is also discussed.

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Situation ethics and the arbitrator’s conscience

Arbitrators Davey, Linn and Parson offer guidance in the consideration of equities when applying the terms of the CBA, as well as other advice on the practice of arbitration.

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Discussion of typical ethical problems in ad hoc arbitration, many of which also arise in permanent appointments.

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An explanation of how the Committee formulates and issues ethical opinions, and the text of Opinions 1 and 2.

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Appendices A, Standards and conduct for labor arbitrators; B, Code of ethics and procedural standards for labor-management arbitration; C, Report of the committee on ethics: May 1, 1953; D, Education and training of arbitrators; and E, Survey of the arbitration profession in 1952. Appendices A, B, and C summarize suggestions for the form, scope and …

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