KUDOS to our Selfless CCCBA Fee Mediation/Arbitration Program Volunteers
The Fee Arbitration Program could not operate without the dedicated attorney, lay mediator and arbitrator volunteers. These volunteers offer their time and expertise to the community by helping attorneys and their clients resolve fee disputes without the expense of going to court. Your admirable work ethic is appreciated by the CCCBA Board of Directors, the Fee Mediation/Arbitration Committee, and especially, by me, Emily Day, the Fee Arbitration Director.
We currently have 73 arbitrators and mediators, including seven non-attorney arbitrators. Almost half have volunteered for five or more years. Cases are assigned toarbitrators familiar with the field of law the underlying case involves. So, if you are interested in volunteering for this important community service, please refer to the information on our website.
I would especially like to reach out to our family law attorneys and ask you to consider serving.
At least half of the requests for arbitration filed each year involve family law, and since we have twice as many civil arbitrators than we do family law arbitrators, your participation would relieve the burden placed on your colleagues.
To qualify as an attorney fee arbitrator, you must have been admitted to the practice of law a minimum of three years and be in current good standing with the State Bar of California. In addition, you must complete the CCCBA MCLE self-study program and test once every five years; or attend a State Bar Fee Arbitrator training program. All lawyers and non-lawyers who have completed at least 40 hours of mediator training acceptable to the CCCBA may serve as mediators.
For more information about the program and how to apply, visit our website: https://www.cccba.org/adr-programs
FEE MEDIATION/ARBITRATION COMMITTEE
Gizzi, Stephen, Chair
Cooper, David O.
Cummins, Donal Casey
Floum, D. Alexander
Deal, J. Garret
De Die, Ann Marie
Morison William C.