Updated: March 26, 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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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

 

Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications:

  • Vice Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, click here to review a volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest and resume/link website or LinkedIn with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only).Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Nomination Process: The nominating committee shall nominate one or more members of this Section for each of the offices of Chair-elect, Secretary and Treasurer, and for the open At-Large executive committee positions. All applicants will apply through an electronic application process administered by the Association.

Alternate Nomination Process: All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the section’s nominating committee. A section member may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else during a meeting (remote meetings allowed for COVID-19 compliance) within the nomination timeline. The Nominating Committee will inform the nominee of consideration.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or 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.