Category Archives: Dispute Resolution

Summit Features BASF Mediation Panelists and Executive Director

The Mediation Society hosted the first Bay Area Mediation Summit (BAMS) at Nixon Peabody in San Francisco on May 15. More than 20 organizations were invited to participate in an…

Elizabeth Tippin Speaks to San Francisco Legal Professionals Association

Thanks to BASF Mediation Services panelist Elizabeth Tippin, who recently presented an informative talk on mediation and arbitration to the San Francisco Legal Professionals Association at their monthly “Lunch and…

Attorney/Client Fee Disputes Program Welcomes Two New Executive Committee Members

Marguerite Malloy, Associate Counsel of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA), provides legal advice and assistance to the ACERA Board of Retirement and ACERA management staff. She also supervises…

Is It Time To Appoint a Discovery Referee?

Katherine Gallo Recently I received the following email: “Since courts are so overwhelmed and setting dates for hearing is now running six months or longer, how does one do motions…

Mediation as a Mirror: Using the Process to Help Clients Find Clarity

Nicole Gesher, Gesher Mediation Sometimes, parties will seek mediation in search of clarity. The stated reason for scheduling a session may be very different from the desired result. In these…

What Movie is Playing in Your Mediation?

Gabriel Bellman, BASF Mediation Services Panelist Mediation works because, as the meme/trope goes: “We are not so different, you and I.” First: figure out what movie is playing inside the…

Spring Mediation Training: A Conversation with Ron Kelly

Larry Lindsey In March 2015, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Alternative Dispute Resolution department will hold its annual Mediation Certificate Training. Over five successive Saturdays, participants will gain the…

Four Steps to Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Mediation

By Theodora Lee, Littler Mendelson Mediation is an important component of the civil justice system. Mediation allows a neutral third party who is in a unique position of seeing both…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

The 1855 Prenup for Women’s Rights In most mid-nineteenth-century American states, a married woman had little legal standing. For starters, she didn’t have the right to use her own name,…

Legal Ethics: Some Thoughts On Issues Raised, But Not Resolved, By Cassel v. Superior Court

By Kevin Sullivan, Griffin & Sullivan The Supreme Court in Cassel v. Superior Court (2011) 51 Cal.4th 113, 244 P.3d 1080, held that evidence of what occurred during or in…