Category Archives: Dispute Resolution

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…

BASF’s Mediation Program Just Got Better for Members

By Marilyn King, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services Manager This year The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Mediation Services was selected for The Recorder’s Best “Hall of Fame” for five continuous…

Destination Australia and Cambodia: Construction and ADR

Elizabeth Tippin During August I had a wonderful adventure in Australia and Cambodia lecturing at Melbourne University and researching construction and dispute resolution. As guest lecturer for a “Risk in…

Meet BASF Mediation Services Newest Panelist: Gabriel Bellman

BASF Mediation Services is pleased to welcome Gabriel L. Bellman to our panel of mediators. Before becoming a mediator, Bellman helped start several award-winning television series for MTV, and directed…