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 hadassah@acbanet.org.

ADR Articles

Check out these articles submitted by ACBA ADR Section members:

If you would like to submit an article to be posted here or in the ADR Newsletter, please contact Hadassah Hayashi at hadassah@acbanet.org or (510) 302-2200.

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 hadassah@acbanet.org or (510) 302-2200.

The ACBA ADR Committee needs your help! 

We have two upcoming programs, one with a panel of mediators who will talk about problematic and unproductive strategies and behaviors they have seen litigators employ. And one with panel of litigators who make frequent use of mediators will talk about problematic and unproductive strategies and behaviors they have seen mediators use. Panelists will discuss examples from their own practices, but we think the presentation would be most useful if the panelists could refer to your examples, too.
We recognize that you are busy but ask that you take whatever time you can to consider the questions (linked here) and reply to mediate@hbh.law with stories of your experiences by October 19th. We will edit for clarity and to protect your identity, then provide our panelists with your descriptions. We also welcome examples of behaviors that may not clearly fall within the questions (linked here)

Thank you,
Margaret Hand, Anne Mania and Irene Takahashi

The Executive Committee

Camille King

Collaborative Law and Mediation
1061 Eastshore Hwy, Suite 206
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 685-7948

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Mattie Robertson

California Lawyers for the Arts
2140 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 310
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 990-6030

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Margaret M. Hand

Hartog, Baer & Hand APC
4 Orinda Way, Suite 250-B
Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 253-1717

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Roger F. Allen

PMB 349
4100 Redwood Road, Suite 10
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 517-5482

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Sean R. Brooke

Peralta Community College District
333 East 8th Street
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 466-7295

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Jenny Y. Kim

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP
1440 Broadway, Suite 812
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-3020

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Malcolm Sher

Malcolm Sher 4 Mediated Solutions
3494 Camino Tassajara #431
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 906-0990

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Teri H. Sklar

Mediator • Attorney
605 Market Street, Suite 605
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 929-7355

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Janelle J. Smith

Buffett-Kennedy & Smith LLP
1806 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 398-0733

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Hadassah Hayashi

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

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