Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Upcoming Events

Techniques for Breaking Impasse at Mediations

Generational Connections: Strategies for Navigating Communication and Implicit Bias

New programs are added reguarly. 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 Julia Hall at or (510) 302-2221.

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Executive Committee
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Melissa Polk


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

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Daniel Lebel


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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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Michael Notaro


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Gary Sanders


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

Alice Shikina


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

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Galen Sorrells


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Christine Whalen


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

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Emerita Alavarado


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

Salma Taleb

Staff Liaison

Director of Membership and Operations
(510) 302-2217