Certification Requirements & Application
While in December 2006, the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board authorized the American Academy of ADR Attorneys to “board certify” qualified mediators under Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:7.4(d), that rule currently provides for the following:
Rule 32:7.4: COMMUNICATION OF FIELDS OF PRACTICE AND SPECIALIZATION
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(d) A lawyer shall not state or imply that a lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law, unless:
(1) the lawyer has been certified as a specialist by an organization or state authority that the attorney can demonstrate is qualified to grant such certification to attorneys who meet objective and consistently applied standards relevant to practice in a particular area of law;
(2) the name of the certifying organization is clearly identified in the communication;
(3) the reference to the certification must be truthful and verifiable and may not be misleading in violation of rule 32:7.1; and
(4) the representation by the lawyer that he or she is certified as a specialist states that the Supreme Court of Iowa does not certify lawyers as specialists in the practice of law and that certification is not a requirement to practice law in the State of Iowa.
A link to the current AAAA Board Certified members, as well as rules and application forms pertaining to board certification are provided below.
Requirements for Board Certification as a Mediator
To be considered, a candidate must submit a written application to AAAA demonstrating completion of requirements in education, mediation experience, peer approval, bar admission and accompanying fee.
Board Certification Application
The completed application and attachments must be submitted along with a check.
Certification Renewal Form
Each certified mediator must complete fifteen (15) hours of ADR continuing legal education every two years and submit proof of having conducted at least six (6) mediations during the same period.
Submission of Applications
Further information and approved application forms for initial board certification and renewals may be obtained from:
American Academy of ADR Attorneys
200 West 2nd Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125