Rule 2.10 outlines the role of a third party neutral in helping parties reach "a voluntary settlement of a dispute through a structured process known as a dispute resolution proceeding." The rule further outlines the role of a lawyer as third party neutral, stating that the lawyer cannot represent parties before, during or after a dispute resolution proceeding. Rule 2.11 discusses lawyers as mediators and their role facilitating communication between parties. Lawyer-mediators must determine appropriateness of pursuing mediation and speak with parties prior to the mediation to discuss limitations and expectations regarding the process.
Virginia State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules 2.10-2.11: Third Party Neutrals and MediatorsVirginia State Bar. Sep. 1, 2018