Section Alternative Dispute Resolution

The ADR Section (Alternative Dispute Resolution) works to further the knowledge of its members by developing and implementing programs and training in alternative dispute resolution, and to offer Continuing Legal Education (CLE). ADR Section members are lawyers and nonlawyers who serve as mediators, arbitrators, and neutral case evaluators. Attorneys and other professionals who advocate for their clients in ADR proceedings are welcome to join the section.

Section Chair

Scott Buell
415 526 6319

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Main County Superior Court

Uniform Local Rules 2

Updated July 1, 2019
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There are no upcoming Alternative Dispute Resolution events

Aug 03, 2019
By Kira Reginato

When clients come to you because they are struggling with care for an aging parent or other relative, disentangling legal, medical and family issues can be challenging.

Jul 02, 2019
By Andrew R. Verriere

Clients frequently demand “bulletproof” trusts from their estate planning attorneys. Concerns about contests based on lack of capacity, undue influence, or even claims that a family member procured the trust through financial elder abuse weigh on our clients’ minds. Unequal distributions or family members’ feelings of entitlement to certain property amplify these concerns.

Jul 02, 2019
By Randy Wallace

I cannot count how many times I have heard these four words uttered about mediation. No matter how hard, complex, emotionally charged, anxiety producing, or chaotic, the magic of mediation seems to find a way for intelligent people to make sensible decisions to solve their problems.

Jul 02, 2019
By Mary McLain, LLM, JD

Mediation plays a critical role in our justice system and faces a difficult, yet glaring, challenge with respect to a lack of diversity. Organizations, including but not limited to the American Bar Association and the United Nations, strongly believe that enhancing diversity in dispute resolution is integral to increasing the sustainability and relevance of mediation and arbitration.

Jul 02, 2019
By Patricia Prince

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” Although addressing The Art of War, Sun Tzu’s axiom applies equally to litigated cases and speaks to the promise of mediation. One of the best offensive strategies for succeeding in mediation, as in war according to Sun Tzu, is to “[k]now the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.”

Jun 05, 2019

The Probate Examiner for the Marin Superior Court, Dean Ross, will be retiring as of June 28. The court is actively pursuing a replacement but it will be a few months before that position is filled and the new employee is current with the position. This will likely impact the probate department and there will likely be many continuance requests made by the court during the months of July/August.