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Updates on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Updates on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Effective July 1, 2014, a new disclosure requirement has been added to Ethics Standard 7.

August 2012 - Alternative Dispute Resources Edition

August 2012 – Alternative Dispute Resources Edition

Highlights of the August 2012 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles on creative case management techniques, preparing for mediation, and avoiding disputes by seeking win-win outcomes from the start

An Alternative Approach to Pre-mediation Discovery

An Alternative Approach to Pre-mediation Discovery

This article explores how disputes may be strategically positioned for early mediation whilst providing for enough core discovery to make mediation meaningful, without breaking the bank.

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR): Today and Tomorrow

ODR no longer appears to be an interesting curiosity. In numbers of matters resolved, automated ODR processes may already exceed traditional methods.

Avoiding Disputes: Keep the Litigants Out of it

Avoiding Disputes: Keep the Litigants Out of it

The current under-funding of our courts can produce substantial disadvantages for parties wishing to assert their legal rights against those that violate them- and it looks like it is only going to get worse, with increasing delays in obtaining court dates, more issues that are resolved on the pleadings, and increased reliance upon Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) methods, such as mediation and arbitration. Even though ADR methods have helped parties resolve disputes without long and costly litigation, costs associated with conventional ADR approaches can still inhibit parties from asserting their rights.

How to Resolve Fee Disputes with your Client: Fee Arbitration and Mediation Program

When Your Client Has Not Paid Your Bill

If your client has repeatedly ignored your attempts to communicate and resolve your unpaid fee — follow these steps:

  1. Under Business and Professions Code § …
Family Means No One Gets Left Behind or Forgotten*

Family Means No One Gets Left Behind or Forgotten*

We need to restore faith in our courts’ ability to meaningfully enforce modern family rights and responsibilities and ensure everyone equal access to justice.

Children, Families & the Law Certification Program at JFKU Law

Children, Families & the Law Certification Program at JFKU Law

JFKU College of Law implemented a specialized curriculum focused on children and families. To train the most effective practitioners, we combined the expanded substantive law covered with a substantial practice skill component.

February 2014 - ADR Edition

February 2014 – ADR Edition

Highlights of the February 2014 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles on alternative dispute resolution, mediation, conflict resolution programs and more.

Inside Guest Editor's Column, February 2014

Inside Guest Editor’s Column, February 2014

This month, we are focusing on Alternative Dispute Resolution—a topic that is relevant to almost all areas in the practice of law.

Conflict Resolution Programs in Contra Costa County

Conflict Resolution Programs in Contra Costa County

Conflict Resolution Programs at the Center for Human Development has provided services to Contra Costa Superior Court since 2003. Three CRP programs are described here.

Unintended Consequences of ADR

Unintended Consequences of ADR

The renaissance of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in California civil law in the last 30 years has generated an extraordinary rippling effect of five unintended consequences.

Meet Your 2014 Section Leaders

Meet Your 2014 Section Leaders

Meet the chairs of our 20 sections and find out why you should join…

It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn

It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn

The California judicial system is in dire financial straits. A silver lining of the court funding crisis is that it has fostered greater collaboration between the bench and bar, as well as by attorneys on opposite sides of the ”v.,” to discover novel solutions to the formidable challenges created by the underfunded judiciary.

Tomorrow's Lawyer

Tomorrow’s Lawyer

The agent of change is the cost of legal advice and representation. The practice of law is going to change. We need to develop practices where clients seek the advice, experience or expertise that they cannot find online.

Inside: Guest Editor's Column

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column

In our June issue, our Presiding Judge, Diana Becton, wrote a sobering article entitled “Access to Justice in the Wake of Budget Cutbacks.” We all know that the budget crisis is not going away any time soon- and in fact has the very real potential to become a lot worse. Judge Becton’s article gave us a peek of where we stand- permanent budget cuts of $8.4 Million over the last 3 fiscal years with an additional 4.1 million in permanent cuts due to hit next year and, as Judge Becton tells us, “[i]f the temporary taxes proposed by the Governor are rejected by the voters, then there will be another $125 million cut to the Judicial Branch” which translates into at east an additional $2.1 million in cuts to the Contra Costa Courts.

With Trial Court Funding in Trouble, You Better Have an ADR Plan for Every Case

With Trial Court Funding in Trouble, You Better Have an ADR Plan for Every Case

Regardless of your news source, it would be difficult not to know that the California economy is down. Whatever your indicator – the Dow, S&P 500, your own portfolio, or your business – reduced public services are an inescapable truth.

Have an Employment Claim that Would Benefit from Early Resolution? Here are some Resources

Have an Employment Claim that Would Benefit from Early Resolution? Here are some Resources

California courts face an extremely challenging budget situation that may significantly slow the resolution of employment law related (and other civil) claims. For attorneys handling, or litigants dealing with, employment law claims, there are some alternatives to resorting to court to get claims resolved. These include the California Labor Commissioner’s Office (for wage and hour claims), and for harassment/discrimination claims: the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As access to the Courts becomes increasingly limited, attorneys handling employment claims will need to become well versed in the array of alternatives that exist.

Civil Fast Track Settlement Mentor Conferences

Most attorneys who practice in Contra Costa County are generally familiar with the Court’s several Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs.  There are specific requirements which all ADR panel members must meet …

ADR in Family Law

Family Law Litigants in Contra Costa County get Meaningful Alternative Dispute Resolution Opportunity Through the Double Pro Per Settlement Conference Calendar