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The CDRC is a member driven organization. The spectrum of CDRC members provides a a breadth of opinion and a depth of concern about the large variety of proposed legislation, court controversies, and other issues that every year push and pull at the integrity of ADR and the ability of ADR related businesses to thrive.  We have found that the interests among our individuated constituencies may vary, but they are very rarely competing or conflicting.


CDRC Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors is chiefly responsible for the administration of the organization and its affairs. It meets four times a year at various locations around the state. It delegates certain responsibilities to its officers and Executive Committee for the day-to-day operations of the organization.

The CDRC Board of Directors is large, with up to 27 positions, but no less than 15. A board member's term is 3 years. 1/3 of the Board is, thus, up for election every year. Any empty positions may also be filled via election at the Annual Meeting. The Board also reserves the right to appoint members to the Board. Possible members for the Board are nominated by a Nominations Committee or members may be self nominated. It is the charge of the Nominations Committee to consider all relevant diversity factors including geographic, cultural, gender, organization, practice area and membership classification in selecting nominees.


CDRC Bylaws:

CDRC has a set of Bylaws which provide for the structure and govern operation of the organization.


History of CDRC:

It has taken the effort of many individuals over much of the 1990's to create and mold CDRC into the dynamic organization that exists today. There is still much to do, but since we need to understand where the organization came from in order to better understand where we are going, we present a History of CDRC.                                           


CDRC Committees:

CDRC as an organization is heavily reliant on its Committees. It has a series of standing committees which sort through all the legislation, policy issues and trends which affect the practice of ADR and make recommendations for action to the Board of Directors. It also has an Executive Committee which oversees the day-to-day operations of CDRC.

Committee membership is limited to members of the organization. While the Committees are usually chaired by a member of the Board of Directors, this is not a requirement. In fact the best way to become familiar with the organization and to provide input is to JOIN A COMMITTEE:


Executive Committee

Douglas E. Noll, J.D., M.A E-mail Doug 800-785-4487

The Executive Committee is comprised of the CDRC officers, the immediate past president, two at-large members from the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Membership Committee.  This committee oversees all the workings of CDRC as a corporation, makes proposals to the Board, which are placed on the calendar for each Board meeting, and takes action required between Board meetings.


Legislation Committee

Paul Dubow, Chair E-mail Paul 415.495.6308

The Legislation Committee reviews bills introduced in the California Legislature that contain references to arbitration and/or mediation,  The Committee recommends to the Board what action should be taken.  This committee also gives advice and guidance on arbitration and/or mediation issues to the legislature, the governor's office, and other advocacy groups through our lobbyist, Donne Brownsey.


Membership Committee


CDRC must have a broad base of membership in order to be effective in its outreach to the ADR community, and to fulfill its goals. Membership dues are also the primary source of CDRC’s income, and its financial health directly tied to its ability to pay a top-rate lobbyist.  The Membership Committee organizes activities to reach out for new CDRC members.


Public Policy Committee

Jim Madison, Chair E-mail Jim 650.614.0160

The Public Policy committee is responsible for reviewing matters that raise public policy issues in connection with ADR, and recommending action to the Board of Directors.

The committee recommends action to the Board about regulatory issues, such as rules proposed by the Judicial Council and by the State Bar, and also about the filing of appellate briefs by the CDRC as amicus curiae.  The committee drafted comments when the Judicial Council proposed the Ethical Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitrations and the Rules of Conduct for Mediators in Court-Connected Mediation Programs in Civil Cases, and more recently when the State Bar proposed to adopt Rule of Professional Conduct 2.4., requiring mediators to be active members of the Bar,  Amicus briefs were filed with the California Supreme Court in Engalla v. Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (1995), Foxgate Homeowners Assn. v. Bramalea California, Inc. (2001) and Rojas v. Superior Court (2004) and with the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in Costello v. Superior Court (2005).


Collaborative Law Committee


The Collaborative Law Committee reviews  bills introduced in the legislature which effect the process or practice of collaborative law, and recommends to the Board what action should be taken.  This committee also gives advice and guidance concerning collaborative law issues to the legislature, the governor's office and other advocacy groups through our lobbyist, Donne Brownsey.


Annual Conference Committee


The Annual Conference Committee plans and organizes the ADR Policy Conference which is held each year to explore issues and topics of concern to the ADR community.


Nominating Committee


The Nominating Committee is chaired by the immediate past president. In addition to the immediate past president, the committee consists of the current president, and no fewer than three additional members from the Board who are appointed by the immediate past president. This committee is charged with developing and recommending a slate of candidates for the open seats on the CDRC Board of Directors. The candidates must reflect the diverse locations, areas of practice, cultural backgrounds and experience of ADR professionals across the state.