About the 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.


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Upcoming Events

March 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Elder Mediation and Estate Planning: Dispute Resolution Before They Die
The parties to a post-death dispute often settle in mediation, right before trial. Should attorneys consider mediation before pleadings have been filed? Or even during the estate planning process? Join the ACBA Trusts & Estates, ADR, Business, and Real Estate Sections as we explore these questions and more. Engage in a dialogue between an optimist and a skeptic about the uses of facilitated conversations while estate planning clients are still alive.

April 13, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mediating with Self-Represented Litigants
What unique challenges do mediators face when the parties are representing themselves? Join the ACBA ADR Section for a guide to mediating these disputes. Speaker Malcolm Sher will provide an overview of the process, including pre-hearing conferences, joint sessions, closing the deal, and preparing settlement agreements. He will also discuss California law applicable to a mediator’s ethical duties in dealing with self-represented litigants, what the court tells them about mediation, and communication challenges.

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events.


ADR Newsletters

February 2013 e-Newsletter

March 2012 ADR e-Newsletter


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 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

Membership & Education Manager
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200

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