CLE Program

ADR Services, Inc., is a California State Bar certified MCLE provider that offers legal education programs to our clients throughout California at no charge.

About Our CLE Program

Our panel of neutrals consists of attorneys and retired judges who have the experience and legal knowledge that make them not only skilled, effective ADR professionals, but also arm them with the practiced legal expertise and communications skills essential to effective legal education. Presenters are available to conduct complimentary CLE programs at law firms, events, or in one of our ADR Services, Inc. offices across the state.


Our award-winning panel of neutrals offers substantial experience as mediators and arbitrators in every area of civil litigation.

Our neutrals have given MCLE presentations at many of the top 100 law firms in Los Angeles, corporate legal departments, government legal departments, bar associations, and non-profit organizations.


Presenters have taught a wide variety of MCLE topics through this program, including the following subjects required by the California State Bar:

  • Legal Ethics
  • Competence Issues
  • Elimination of Bias

Inquiries & Scheduling

For a list of current topics and instructors, or to inquire about scheduling, please .

1 Hour – Application for Retroactive Appellate Specialty Credit Pending

California Appellate Writ Guide for Trial Attorneys

The vast majority of appellate decisions are formed without presentation of oral argument. This makes the strength of the written argument all the more crucial. In this hour program, a retired appellate justice, a justice pro tem, and a senior appellate court attorney will discuss:

  1. An overview of appellate writ procedure
  2. The trial judge’s response to appellate writs and the types of orders the appellate court can issue
  3. How appellate writ petitions are assigned and evaluated in the court of appeal

1 Hour General Credit

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times
Successful Mediation & Settlement Conferences presented by the the Alameda Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association

Learn from the best! Join Judges Sabraw and Herbert for their tips and tricks to use at your next mediation. Learn how to meet, and indeed exceed, great expectations for success, including how to incorporate the changes of the last few years and how they can be used to your benefit.

1 Hour – Legal Ethics

The Ethics of Growing a Mediation Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution is one of the fastest growing practices among both attorneys and retired judicial officers. Attorneys interested in starting a mediation practice must be aware that ADR professionals confront ethical issues at every phase of their practice, from advertising to potential clients to the period following conclusion of the mediation session. Awareness of these ethical issues and preparing how to handle them will structure a smoother transition into a mediation practice. In this program, Joanna Barron, Executive Vice President of ADR Services, Inc., one of California’s most successful alternative dispute resolution provider firms, will provide insight on navigating these ethical issues while at the same time building a robust and thriving ADR practice.

1 Hour General Credit

Supercharging and Maximizing Settlements
Unleashing the Power of Expert Collaboration and Expert Insights in Mediation and Beyond

Join us for an engaging and informative webinar that delves into the art of utilizing experts to maximize settlement outcomes at Mediation and beyond. This presentation will cover a wide range of essential topics, including identifying and engaging the right experts, effectively integrating expert opinions into negotiation strategies, and harnessing their insights to bolster settlement positions. You will hear practical examples and learn about the pivotal role experts play in the mediation process and how to capitalize on their expertise to drive successful settlement outcomes. This webinar will equip you with valuable knowledge and actionable tips to enhance favorable resolutions and mediation outcomes by harnessing the power of expert collaboration.

No CLE credit will be provided for this program

Bench Stories with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.)
Presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association

Join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 12:30 pm via Zoom for the next installment of Bench Stories, featuring Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.).

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.) joins ADR Services, Inc. after an impressive judiciary career marked by extraordinary leadership and trailblazing initiatives. As the former leader of California’s judicial branch of government and chair of the Judicial Council, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.) managed to successfully steer the court through two massive crises — the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic, all the while fostering a culture of collaboration and collegiality on the bench, improving access to justice, and educating the public on the importance of the 3rd branch of government. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.) made history and became the first woman of color, the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s Chief Justice.

During her twelve remarkable years at the helm of the state’s Supreme Court, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.) emerged as one of the country’s leading advocates for equal access to justice, transparency, and the reform of state court funding models that unfairly impact low-income individuals. The Chief Justice was a leader in revitalizing civic learning through her Power of Democracy initiative, which was developed to inform the public about how the courts, both federal and state, play a key role in the state government. In an effort to improve transparency, when she became Chief Justice, she opened meetings of the Judicial Council and its advisory bodies that were once closed to the public and made public comment more accessible.

Hon. Ming Chin (Ret.): Career, Jurisprudence, and Legacy
Interview with Bob Egelko at the CLA 2023 Annual Meeting

At the 2023 California Lawyers Association (CLA) Annual Conference, San Francisco Chronicle Court Reporter Bob Egelko will interview former Supreme Court Justice Hon. Ming Chin about his legacy, jurisprudence, and career. This program will be offered as part of the CLA’s Annual Meeting, where legal professionals all over California and beyond meet to learn and connect. This three-day conference is packed with inspiring keynotes, MCLE on emerging topics across practice areas, and fun networking events.