United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court

Biographies of ADR Legal Staff

The ADR Unit consists of a Director of ADR Programs, staff attorneys, case administrators and support personnel.  The ADR Director and legal staff are attorneys with expertise in ADR procedures.  The ADR Unit is responsible for designing, implementing, administering and evaluating the Court’s ADR Programs.  These responsibilities extend to educating litigants, lawyers, Judges, and Court staff about the ADR Program and rules.  In addition, the ADR Unit is responsible for overseeing, screening and training neutrals to serve in the Court’s ADR programs.  The ADR Director and legal staff also serve as neutrals in selected cases.

 Director, ADR Program: Howard Herman

Howard A. Herman has been with the Northern District since February 1997. Mr. Herman previously served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court. He also spent four years as a settlement conference attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ultimately serving as the co-director of that court's settlement conference program. Mr. Herman has practiced as a civil litigator with the firms of Graham & James and Kindel & Anderson in San Francisco. He is a 1983 graduate of Hastings College of the Law and a 1979 graduate, with high honors, of the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Herman currently teaches negotiation and mediation at Hastings College of the Law. He has experience as a mediator, mediation trainer, and early neutral evaluator.


ADR Program Attorney & Mediator: Tamara Lange

Tamara Lange previously practiced for nearly 20 years as a civil litigator with Heller Ehrman, Caldwell Leslie, the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project, and the National Center for Youth Law. She also served as a Lead Deputy for Santa Clara County Counsel, where she developed and managed the Impact Litigation & Social Justice Section. In addition to being a member of this court's Mediation and ENE panels, Ms. Lange has served as a settlement conference officer for the San Francisco Superior Court and on the mediation panels of the Alameda County Superior Court and the San Francisco Police Department's Office of Citizen Complaints. She currently teaches negotiations at Berkeley Law.

Ms. Lange received her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1995, where she was Order of the Coif, and her BS/BA with honors from Cornell University in 1990, where she was a College Scholar. She clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Paez and the Hon. William A. Fletcher.