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.

 

Presenters

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.

Topics

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 General CLE Credit

Public Entity Claims to Summary Judgment: Don’t Trip! (and Fall)
Presented by the Alameda County Bar Association

This session will focus on trip & fall claims involving public entities. Discussion will include tips for initial claim consideration, recognizing conditions, presentation of claims, and tips for the inevitable summary judgment motion. Hear from former Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge, and current ADR Services, Inc. Mediator, the Hon. Steven K. Austin, as well as practitioners from both the plaintiff and defense bar, regarding strategies and approaches.

1 Hour General MCLE Credit

Lessons Learned: Cautionary Tales from Litigators and Mediators for Estate Planners and Trust and Estate Administrators
Presented by the Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council

Presenters Bette Epstein and Richard Collier have decades of experience both litigating and mediating inheritance disputes.  This program will address issues that arise for trust and estate counsel from the time the proposed client walks in the door through the administration of the estate.  Their discussion will include recognizing and managing conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties vs. attorneys duties, importance of asking the right questions, record maintenance, going to/keeping out of probate court.

1 Hour General Credit

Mediating With and As the General Counsel
ADR Services, Inc. Complimentary In-House MCLE Program

Virtual

Unlock the keys to successful mediation with in-house corporate counsel in this MCLE program. This webinar is designed to equip both outside and in-house counsel with the essential tools and strategies needed to navigate the unique challenges of mediating with corporate legal teams. Our speakers bring keen insights from their own time as general counsel to corporations small and large, including such corporations as Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Ross Stores, Inc. (Mark LeHocky, Esq.) and Ticketmaster (Ed Weiss, Esq.). We will also gain insight from the Bench from former LA Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Feffer. This session promises an enlightening exploration of the intricacies involved in collaborating seamlessly with in-house counsel, covering topics ranging from pre-mediation preparation to effective collaboration with General Counsel for information gathering. Additionally, the discussion will delve into overcoming impasses and steering clear of potential pitfalls, ultimately facilitating successful resolutions at the negotiation table. Join us for this complimentary MCLE program, and discover the essential elements for achieving successful mediation when working with and as in-house corporate counsel.

Full Conference provides 6.5 Hours CLE Credit

Lifecycle of an Arbitration
Presented at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 44th Annual Labor & Employment Symposium

The case is in arbitration. Now what? This panel will walk employment law practitioners through what to expect when handling a single-plaintiff arbitration matter, from pre-demand tactics, discovery challenges, the hearing itself, and enforcement of any award. Our panelists will de-mystify the issues and provide practical information to empower attorneys.

1 Hour General Credit

Lessons Learned: Cautionary Tales from Litigators and Mediators for Estate Planners and Trust and Estate Administrators
Presented by the Alameda County Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section

Presenters Bette Epstein and Richard Collier have decades of experience both litigating and mediating trust and estate disputes. This program will address issues that arise for trust and estate counsel from the time the proposed client walks in the door through the completion of the administration of the estate. Among other things, Ms. Epstein and Mr. Collier will discuss managing conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties vs. attorney’s duties, the importance of asking the right questions, and maintaining records.

Practice Building Workshop
Presented at the American Bar Association’s 2024 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

We have an exceptional lineup of panel discussions, expertly crafted to enhance your knowledge and skills. Here's a sneak peek at the dynamic panels we have in store for you:

- Innovative Business Planning for Your Dispute Resolution Practice
- Legal Foundations and Operational Excellence in Your Dispute Resolution Practice
- Marketing 101: Effective Strategies for Your Dispute Resolution Practice
- Building Your ADR Practice: Insights from ADR Professionals

Rounding out our exciting lineup, I am thrilled to be moderating the panel "Leaders of ADR Providers: Wisdom from the Frontlines of Dispute Resolution."
We have invited distinguished leaders from prominent ADR providers to this panel, including:

- Joanna Barron, ADR Services, Inc.
- Bridget Mary McCormack, American Arbitration Association
- Parag Shah, Esq., MBA, Miles Mediation & Arbitration and
- Kimberly Taylor, JAMS

Their extensive experience and perspectives promise to make this an enlightening and invaluable program. Join us!

1 Hour General CLE Credit

6309 Is Now The Law…Now What?
ADR Services, Inc. Complimentary In-House MCLE Program

New Family Code section 6309 ends a longstanding controversy (yes, civil discovery is permitted in DVPA proceedings) but we now confront a host of new controversies generated by the statute. Some practitioners see section 6309 as a long overdue clarification and expansion of DVRO discovery rights; others see it as a welcome, or unwelcome, significant contraction.  Some see it as a risk of revictimization via discovery abuse while others see it protecting against that risk. Who's right? Probably everyone to some degree. This much for sure: the statute's unique provision, permitting discovery to be requested only at the evidentiary hearing and not before, is something totally new to practitioners. How will judges interpret the statute? How does it apply to "cross-over" situations where a DV petition is filed in an extant disso or parenting case? What are best practices?  What are the collateral effects under FC sections 3044 and 4320? Join our expert panel, including LA Superior Court judges Lawrence Riff and Susan Lopez-Giss (ret'd),  and practitioner Michael Hanasab, who will cover the basics of section 6300, practitioners'' and judicial officers' challenges and dilemmas, and possible best practices. This program will be focused towards family law practitioners.