Updated: June 3, 2021

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

 Who We Are

The WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section promotes the informed use and best practices for all dispute resolution processes in Washington. Whether mediating, arbitrating or negotiating, every lawyer is an ADR professional. The section is home to many attorneys who are also members of other sections.

The WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section welcomes and encourages participation of all ADR professionals. You don’t have to be a lawyer or a member of WSBA. This is the community for all ADR professionals: mediators, arbitrators, and lawyers representing and advising their clients.

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2021 Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 7-20, 2021. All voting members of the Section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email on June 7, 2021, via Survey Monkey.

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms 

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates for open positions are listed below.

Questions? 
Email sections@wsba.org.


What We Do

The WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section connects professionals with relevant ADR resources and information:

  • The annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, the premier dispute resolution conference in the Northwest, featuring national speakers presenting cutting-edge, current topics
  • Educational presentations for both neutrals and advocates
  • Unsurpassed networking opportunities with other ADR professionals
  • Cost-effective CLE credits in ADR

WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section hosts an interactive, content-driven website www.wsba-adr.org — the online network of ADR professionals. It is the source for relevant, current dispute resolution information in Washington:

  • Share information and engage in professional discussions and in the Forum
  • Learn about conferences and seminars on the Events page

How We Do It

WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section has an Executive Committee and five standing committees:

Click on any of the committee group pages above to learn more, see how they can help you in your ADR practice and how you can get involved.


Executive Committee

Position (term end)

ChairMelvyn Simburg (2022)

Chair-ElectRoger Moss (2021)

Secretary: vacant (2021)

TreasurerCourtland Shafer (2021)

Immediate Past ChairJoanna Roth (2022)

Liaison to New Laywers*: Mary Juetten (2021)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Brett Purtzer (2021)

At-Large Members:

Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2021
Dee Knapp
Sasha S. Philip

Oct. 1, 2019 - Sept. 30, 2022
Lish Whitson
Craig Beles
third position vacant

Oct. 1, 2020 - Sept. 30, 2023
Carol Dianne Betts
Lisa C. Brown
Alan Alhadeff

Legislation Committee Chair*:
Paul McVicker*

Land Use & Environment*:
Courtney Kaylor*

*Nonvoting member


Meetings

The WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee conducts meetings on the third Friday of each month, beginning at noon and concluding by 1:30 p.m.

Executive Committee meetings are currently being conducted by teleconference only. You may attend virtually by calling 1 (669) 900-6833, and using access code 8824651313#. Please contact committee members for any other details on their upcoming meetings.

To learn more about the benefits of section membership, see the WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section website, contact any member of the Executive Committee or contact membership@wsba-adr.org.


Join Our List Serve 

The ADR Section list serve is a great way to connect with your fellow ADR professionals. Members on the list serve are now able to post directly to the list serve. In order to foster a welcoming and productive environment, the ADR Section Executive Committee has adopted general list serve guidelines and section-specific list serve guidelines. To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org.