Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Message from the Chair

Section Chair: 

Lisa Brown
 Lisa Brown Attorney, LLC 

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On behalf of the ADR Section Board, we thank you for your membership and encourage you to become actively involved in the Section's activities. If you are interested in suggesting webinar topics, presenting a webinar, participating in a discussion group, or suggesting a project for the Section to sponsor, please email any one of the Board members.

Some Topics of interest to the Board members this year include:
•         Teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution to inmates in our prisons;
•         Enhancing Alternative Dispute Resolution options in rural or less accessible communities;
•         Involving neutral facilitators in Special Education, such as 504 and IEP meetings;
•         Educating our grade school students on dispute resolution skills;
•         Involving a neutral facilitator in the ADA interactive process with employees.
•·       Developing alternative dispute resolution programs for health care and continuing care retirement communities.

If you have expertise to share with our membership on these or other topics, please let us know how you would like to become involved.

We are considering offering optional membership participation in a listserv to share ideas, circulate relevant articles, provide professional opportunities, and connect our membership across the country.  This also may be a vehicle to update you on webinars, job postings, programs of interest, speaking and writing opportunities, as well as discussion groups on topics of interest.  We encourage Section members to connect with one another in their respective regions of the country and through their local FBA Chapters, and we are hopeful a listserv may facilitate those connections.

Please let us hear from you and share your ideas to enable us to make your Section membership more relevant to your practice.   If you would like to become more involved in the Section, please contact any one of your Board members:
    Lisa Brown, Chair, is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator in Portland, Oregon and can be reached at
    Alex Zimmer, Vice-Chair, is an attorney and mediator in New York.  His contact information is:
    Bryan Branon, Secretary, is an attorney with extensive ADR experience in Seattle, Washington and can be reached at
    Mary Austin, Treasurer, is an attorney with an independent mediation and arbitration practice in New York City. Her contact information is

Each of us would be delighted to hear from you.  If you are already a member, thank you for participating in the ADR Section. If you are not yet a member of our section, we encourage you to join our ADR Section.

Lisa Brown, Chair



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