Updated: Sept. 20, 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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NW Collaborative Futures Conference

The NW Collaborative Futures Conference is a cross-border future-focused conflict resolution conference made in partnership with Mediate BC, CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC), Mediate.com and WSBA ADR.

The conference will offer a mix of practical skill building workshops and examinations of conflict resolution theory across disciplines. It will explore the wide range of ways in which individuals, organizations, and nations create artificial borders that lead to, intensify, and prolong conflict. Presenters will be drawn from both sides of the Canada/U.S. border as we seek commonalities and opportunities for greater knowledge exchange across practice areas and lived experiences.

Come prepared for a wide-ranging exchange of ideas and perspectives on the ways in which lawyers and other conflict resolution professionals can break down patterns of dichotomous thinking that lead to intransigent conflict—whether in interpersonal conflict or in nation-to-nation conflict.

The event will kick-off with an opening night presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. followed by two full days of dynamic and engaging speakers on Oct. 21 and 22.

The conference will be online.

What We Do

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

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.

Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!  

Below are the results of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position.

Vice Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Roger Moss

Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Mary Juetten

Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Courtland Shafer

At-Large Member (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Emily Martin 

At-Large Member (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Denise Knapp 

Sasha S. Philip 

Email sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

Position (term end)

ChairMelvyn Simburg (2022)

Vice ChairRoger Moss (2021)

Secretary: vacant (2021)

TreasurerCourtland Shafer (2021)

Immediate Past ChairJoanna Roth (2022)

Liaison to New Lawyers*: 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


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.