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Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Community

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) describes various methods by which disputes are resolved outside the court system. Typical forms of ADR include mediation, arbitration, and the use of special masters. Lawyers and Judges recognize the high success rate of ADR, especially mediation, and Judges in Marin County Civil Courts cases generally require the use of ADR before assigning trial dates.

Modest Means Mediation Program (program description .pdf)

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ADR Provider Directory: What is it?

The Marin County Bar Association's ADR Section has developed a comprehensive directory of ADR providers. These providers meet certain minimum requirements for the mediation and arbitration panels, as set forth below.

  • Have completed at least 40 hours of mediation training and within the last two years have completed at least 5 mediations serving as a mediator (of which two may have been as a co-mediator or a member of a court-sponsored mandatory settlement conference); and

  • Commit to earning 10 CLE units in Alternative Dispute Resolution over the next 3 years.

  • Admitted to the practice of law for at least ten years or have ten years of experience in the subject area/field in which he or she proposes to arbitrate and has served as an arbitrator in at least 5 arbitrations.

  • Sign a certificate agreeing to comply with all applicable ethical requirements; and

  • Agree to serve as an ADR neutral on a pro bono or modest-means basis in at least one case per year, not to exceed 8 hours, if requested by the court.

Note: The Marin County Bar Association does not guarantee the information included in the ADR Profiles, which was derived from “ADR Provider Forms” submitted by each of the ADR providers.




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