Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Upcoming Events

Mediating with the Dept of Police Accountability 9/1

Virtual Fall Cooking Class and Social 9/29

Everything You Need to Know About Private Judging 10/6

Arbitration for Litigators 10/28

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA calendar for more upcoming ACBA events. To view past programming on demand, please visit

About the ADR Section

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section promotes litigation alternatives by providing a forum for information-exchange and discussion, and serving as a liaison with the judiciary. The Section, led by the Executive Committee, also presents several MCLEs and networking opportunities throughout the year.

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or

Executive Committee Meetings

The Executive Committee is responsible for planning the section’s MCLEs and other networking events throughout the year. The Executive Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month, except for July, August and December. If you would like to receive minutes, agendas, or if you would like to attend an Executive Committee meeting, please contact Hadassah Hayashi at or (510) 302-2200.

Executive Committee
Alice Shikina

Alice Shikina


Shikina Mediation and Arbitration
7339 Holly Street
Oakland, CA 94621
(415) 793-8729

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Christine Whalen

Vice Chair

Laughlin Legal, PC
950 Tower Lane, Suite 1225
Foster City, CA 94404
(415) 830-0117

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Gary Sanders


1 Ross Drive
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 216-9116

Judge Wynne Carville, JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Hon. Wynne Carvill


JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 774-2600

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Mark A. Goodman


Law Office of Mark A. Goodman
4096 Piedmont Ave, #607
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 652-7888

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Melissa Polk


Law Office of Melissa D. Polk
580 California St., Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 283-3229

Yvette Durazo

Yvette Durazo, MA, ACC 


Unitive Consulting
P.O. Box 4443, Santa Clara, CA 95056
(888) 221-0208

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Galen Sorrells


1511 Sycamore Ave #M-192
Hercules, CA 94547

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Natalia Ventsko


Law Office of Natalia A. Ventsko
P.O. Box 731
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 921-4616

Mattie Robertson

Mattie Robertson


Deputy Director, Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
UC Hastings Law
100 McAllister Street, Suite 408
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Emerita Alvarado


ADR Program Administrator
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
Hayward Hall of Justice
24405 Amador Street
Hayward, CA 94544
(510) 891-6388


Hadassah Hayashi

Staff Liaison

Deputy Director
1000 Broadway, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200