Updated: June 6, 2022

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

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.

The Section provides benefits to members by participating in legislative activities that relate to dispute resolution and undertakes projects aimed at increasing the availability and quality of dispute resolution services throughout the state. The Section also maintains a website, which offers an online dispute resolution provider directory, sponsors an annual meeting, and provides other dispute resolution educational programs, including co-sponsorship of the annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference.

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Section Executive Committee Elections

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

Voting is scheduled for June 6–19, 2022.

Candidate Information, Open Positions, and Terms
For more information about the Section and its executive committee, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position.

Chair: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

     Candidate: Courtland Shafer | Candidate materials

Vice-chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Candidate: Mary Juetten | Candidate materials

Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

    Candidate: Dee Knapp | Candidate materials

At-Large Member: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Candidate: Melissa Fuller | Candidate materials

At-Large Member: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Candidate: Lauren Novack | Candidate materials

At-Large Member (three positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

Candidate 1: Christopher Casillas | Candidate materials

Candidate 2: Paula Emery | Candidate materials

Candidate 3: Lish Whitson | Candidate materials

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.

What We Do

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

  • 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)

Vice Chair: Vacant

Secretary: Mary Juetten (2022)

TreasurerCourtland Shafer (2022)

Immediate Past ChairJoanna Roth (2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Alec Stephens (2021-2022)

Young Lawyer Liaison:
Kyle Berti (2021-2023)

At-Large Members:

Lish Whitson
Craig Beles
Emily Martin
Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2022

Carol Dianne Betts
Alan Alhadeff
Melissa Fuller (interim)
Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Dee Knapp
Sasha S. Philip
Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Legislation Committee C0-Chairs*:
Paul McVicker & Joanna Roth

*Nonvoting member


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 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.