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2017 Member Information Series

2017 Member Information Series

Bar Fund Benefit - September 28

Bar Fund Benefit – September 28

Thank You to the 2017 Mock Trial Volunteers

Thank You to the 2017 Mock Trial Volunteers

The Contra Costa County Office of Education produced another successful Mock Trial during February 2017. Teams from local high schools work with teacher- and attorney-coaches to prepare their version of the criminal case from both the prosecution and defense perspective. Students assume the roles of trial attorneys, pretrial motion attorneys, witnesses, clerks and bailiffs. In […]

Contra Costa Lawyer – April 2017 The ADR Issue

April 2017 (online edition) The ADR Issue view online, or download Features:  Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully | by Malcolm Sher I Agreed To Arbitrate That? Recent Developments in the Application of Arbitration Agreements | by Paul Dubow      Civility in Mediation | by Mark LeHockey Five Steps to Choosing a Great Mediator | by Robert […]

An Insurance Defense Attorney's Perspective on Effective ADR

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective on Effective ADR

I would like to share my perspective on how to make the most of the ADR process.  In my 33 years as an insurance defense attorney I have participated in hundreds of mediations. I have also served as a volunteer mediator for the courts in over 100 cases.  In my view ADR is the most […]

I Agreed to Arbitrate That? Recent Developments in the Application of Arbitration Agreements

I Agreed to Arbitrate That? Recent Developments in the Application of Arbitration Agreements

The California bill, SB33, is extremely broad and would prohibit imposing a waiver of a legal right that arises as a result of fraud, identity theft, and any other act related to the wrongful use of personal identifying information as a condition of entering into a contract for the provision of goods or services.

Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully

Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully

Getting into a fee dispute with a client can be a bit like walking through a minefield. Stepping cautiously may maximize your ability to recover fees due and help you avoid a malpractice claim or State Bar complaint.

Civility and the Mediation Process

Civility and the Mediation Process

Practicing civility at the mediation session also produces unmistakable dividends, starting with your credibility with the mediator.

Choosing a Great Mediator

Choosing a Great Mediator

Mediators can get places nobody else can. Good mediators promote open dialogue between the parties. And once people talk candidly about their cases, great things happen.

Elephant in the Room - Attending to Power Differences in Mediation

Elephant in the Room – Attending to Power Differences in Mediation

The issues surrounding reaching an agreement grow in complexity whenever the dispute involves power differences. How would a landlord/tenant mediation be different from one that involves two neighbors?

The CCCBA Supports ADR in Many Ways

The Contra Costa County Bar Association runs a Mandatory Fee Arbitration and Mediation Program that provides an informal, low-cost alternative to the court system for Contra Costa County attorneys involved in a fee dispute with their clients. The program also provides a volunteering opportunity to mediators and arbitrators who would like to give back to […]

Mediation: The Cure for What Ails Your Case

It comes up all the time: two parties who can’t be in the same room for more than 10 minutes without coming close to blows, but don’t have the money to continue to fund the litigation;  the client who, no matter how many times you explain logically and rationally that their position makes no sense, […]

Update on Mediation Confidentiality

Update on Mediation Confidentiality

Both mediators and participants should understand the possibility that mediation communications and writings may be discoverable in certain situations. Two California court decisions that protected the absolute privilege, despite creating arguably unfair results, have caused much consternation.

MCLE Self Study: Ethical Pitfalls of Mediating with Self Represented Litigants

MCLE Self Study: Ethical Pitfalls of Mediating with Self Represented Litigants

Serving as a mediator in a case where one or both parties do not have counsel can create ethical dilemmas for the mediator. California has not adopted a code of ethics that governs mediators in private settings. Attorneys acting as mediators continue to be bound by the California Rules of Professional Conduct.

Bar Soap

Bar Soap

As I mentioned in my last Bar Soap, the Contra Costa High School Mock Trial Competition was on the horizon. It has now taken place and it was the usual tremendous success. Miramonte High School was the winner this year. That makes two years in a row for Miramonte. I served as judge two nights […]