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An Analysis of the Inclusion of Children in Divorce Mediation and The Use of Quality Assessment Methods to Make Benefits Outweigh Risks. Is the Juice work the squeeze?

An ADR Section White Paper on including children in mediation by Abby Kostecka, J.D. Candidate 2014, Gonzaga University School of Law:…


Posted by Paul W. McVicker on January 13, 2014 at 9:00am

Does the Presence of a Lawyer Help or Hurt the Mediation Process?

Here's a link to a very short article summarizing research in Québec, Canada. While the study only appears to have researched the experiences of one professional mediator, the results are interesting. …


Posted by Mark Baumann on January 6, 2014 at 7:45pm

2014 AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program


Please see below some information regarding the AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program.  Please pass this along if you know of anyone who might be interested in applying for the program.  I have contacts with…


Posted by Craig Charles Beles on December 17, 2013 at 11:42am

Low Bono focus group bears fruit

Fellow ADR section members,

I am writing to give you an update on the Low Bono section formation project. ADR executive committee members Alan Alhadeff, Paul McVicker and myself began an ADR focus group on reduced fee conflict…


Posted by Mark Baumann on August 15, 2013 at 6:30pm

20th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference a Huge Success!

Nearly 400 people participated in the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference this year. Presenters and participants from all over the Northwest (Washington, Oregon & Idaho), and from Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Montana, Texas, Canada…


Posted by Kathleen Wareham on April 16, 2013 at 5:08pm

A Mediator’s Assessment of Safety Issues and Concerns

The Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law have been studying screening for intimate partner violence and/or abuse in family mediation for several years. …


Posted by Paul W. McVicker on April 16, 2013 at 10:30am

Supreme Court Proposes Collaborative Law Rules

Report of the ADR Section Legislative Committee

On April 5, 2013 the Washington Supreme Court entered an Order on the adoption of Collaborative Law Rules. A copy of the complete order with the proposed Rules is here:…


Posted by Paul W. McVicker on April 10, 2013 at 8:00am

Collaborative Practice Results in More Satisfied Clients

Most family law attorneys are familiar with the saying: "A good settlement is when both parties are equally unhappy." Striving for a better outcome than mutual unhappiness, more and more lawyers are learning the Collaborative process to help…


Posted by J. Mark Weiss on February 11, 2013 at 2:25pm

A Critique of Collaborative Divorce Law


by Douglas P. Becker


Legislation has been proposed to establish collaborative law as an out-of-court system for divorces in Washington.…


Posted by Paul W. McVicker on January 22, 2013 at 6:35pm — 1 Comment

Welcome to the WSBA ADR Section's website and to your ADR network! This is a valuable resource, not just for members of the Section, but for anyone interested in dispute resolution.

It's a place where anyone can learn more about dispute resolution options. Then you can search for a dispute resolution professional, review the profiles of any member and find a professional that you'd like to work with.

It's a place where professionals can come together as colleagues to share ideas and information. Sign-up here on the network, take a look around and see the value in it for you and your practice. Add your voice to the discussions in the members' Forum. Join a group. Participate in the events. Read the newsletters. Learn more about how to use this network. Visit your colleagues' member pages. And be sure to tell us all about yourself in your own profile page. Participate and be a contributor.

This website is also the tool by which the section's committee members communicate with each other and do the work of the section. Everyone else in the section can stay on top of what's going on - seeing what's happening in the various committees and joining in on their work.

ADR Section members do have exclusive resources available only to them. If you're a dispute resolution professional - a lawyer, a mediator, an arbitrator, or something else - join the section if you haven't already and become a member.

This website will be constantly changing as we continue to grow and as we all add content, upload resources, and become active in the discussions. The more it's used the more valuable it will be.

So come on in, take a look around, and make yourself at home.


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March 28-29, 2014
21st Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

The conference was the best-ever - over 400 attending! Thank you to all attending, presenting and sponsoring!

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Steven Rich updated their profile
Apr 17
Jenna Bruce is now a member of WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution
Apr 15
Jeff Bean commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"John's showing the way of great online community leadership here by starting a discussion. Thanks, John! As various issues and topics come up, it will be helpful to have different discussions on them. The group's comment wall…"
Apr 14
Jeff Bean commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"John, I'm simply articulating my understanding of the rationale of Advisory Opinion 2223. I'm not defending it. Steve asked a good question, so I articulated the opinion's rationale to provide my answer of how I avoid the problem. If…"
Apr 14
Barbara Nahouraii updated their profile
Apr 13
John Shaffer commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"I hear you, Jeff.  Yet, for me, the problem with this advisory opinion is that it tries to answer all "cases" for all time, and ends up, in my opinion, narrowly legalistic and inadequate to its task. You rightfully point out the…"
Apr 12
John Shaffer added a discussion to the group Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group

Scrivener Dilemma

I hear you, Jeff.  Yet, for me, the problem with this advisory opinion is that it tries to answer all "cases" for all time, and ends up, in my opinion, narrowly legalistic and inadequate to its task. You rightfully point out the opinion says the clients' interests  may be in direct conflict.  But GR 24 requires that they "be directly adverse" or that 'there is a significant risk" that a lawyer's representation of one client will materially limit his or her responsibilities to another client. …See More
Apr 12
Vasiliki McCarty is now a member of WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution
Apr 11
Emily Martin updated their profile
Apr 10
Emily Martin might attend Helen Ling's event

WEBCAST: Changes to Arbitration: Where Mediation and Arbitration Intersect at online

May 21, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Changes to Arbitration: Where Mediation and Arbitration IntersectPresented by the WSBA ADR Section Membership Committee  When:         Wednesday, May 21, 2014                         5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                         Panel Presentation:  5:30 – 6:45 p.m.                        Networking Reception:  6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Where:      Webcast Live Streaming Available               Cost: …See More
Apr 10
Helen Ling replied to Helen Ling's discussion 'CANCELLED Agenda for 04/09/14 Membership Committee Meeting' in the group Membership Committee
"Thanks Jeff, I will reach out to Rina.  Thanks for being the messenger!"
Apr 9
Jeff Bean replied to Helen Ling's discussion 'CANCELLED Agenda for 04/09/14 Membership Committee Meeting' in the group Membership Committee
"Though she's not looking to chair the sub-group interested in this issue, Rina's the one who was looking for a context for this forum and knows the people who would be among those involved. I'm just the messenger. Since this now seems…"
Apr 9


Mediators: Does WSBA Advisory Op. 2223 Address Your Practice? 2 Replies

The Scrivener’s Dilemma: Mediators Who Draft Settlement Documents: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., 21st Annual NW Dispute Resolution ConferenceJoin the discussion and find out how this Advisory Opinion may implicate your practice…Continue

Started by Rina Goodman. Last reply by Rina Goodman Mar 12.

Expectation and regret: a concerning review of U.S. mediation devevlopment

Peter Adler, Ph.D., a long time advocate for mediation, published Expectation and Regret: A Look Back at How Mediation has fared in the U.S, as a full article and as a shorter blog post, both available at,…Continue

Tags: Mediation

Started by Mark Baumann May 15, 2013.

Seeking volunteers for ADR Section, Media and Communications Committee

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Media and Communications Committee, is actively seeking committee members and a new Committee Chair.   Knowledge in social media or…Continue

Started by Anamaria Gil Feb 2, 2013.

Civil Collaborative Law Training

Free Collaborative Law Training for all KCBA Collaborative Section MembersThe King County Bar Association was the first county bar association in the country to create a Collaborative Law Section and is taking a new leadership role by being the…Continue

Started by Adrienne Keith Jan 22, 2013.

Association for Conflict Resolution Retreat Key note Thomas Moore

THOMAS MOORE, author of Care of the Soul, Dark Nights of the Soul and The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life will be our keynote workshop leader all weekend! Additional speakers will also present on topics to help you revive your soul.The ACR…Continue

Started by Debra Synovec Jan 7, 2013.

UW Law Wanting ADR/Mediation Mentors for 1Ls

The University of Washington School of Law is wanting mentors for first-year law students. They specifically asked for mentors in the field of ADR/Mediation. It's an area that has a lot of student interest and not so many mentors. Your chance to…Continue

Tags: Mentor, UWSOL

Started by WSBA ADR Sep 27, 2012.


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