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Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator Applications

The Court’s ADR Panel is closed.  The Panel is unlikely to open again until 2022 at the earliest.  Prospective panelists are encouraged to submit applications nonetheless.  Prospective panelists with applications on file will be notified when the ADR Panel re-opens and will be given an opportunity to supplement their applications.  

Mediation Panel Requirements

Attorney applicants must be members of the bar of this Court (or of the faculty of an accredited law school), be admitted to the practice of law for at least seven years, and be knowledgeable about civil litigation in federal court. Exceptional non-attorney applicants will be considered but must have professional credentials in another discipline and be knowledgeable about civil litigation in federal court. All applicants must have the temperament to listen well, facilitate communication across party lines, and assist the parties with settlement negotiations. Successful completion of initial and periodic Court-sponsored training is required for service on the panel, as described below.

Initial Training:

Full participation in the Court’s own four-day, two-part Mediation training is required, regardless of whether an applicant has received prior Mediation training. 

The training is offered free of charge to those invited to attend and provides approximately 6.5 hours of MCLE credit per day, including some ethics and elimination of bias credit.

Continuing Training and Education:

Mediators who complete the Court’s Mediation training successfully and who are then invited to join the Court’s panel of neutrals, will be expected to meet the following requirements to remain on the panel:

  1. Either co-mediate or have an experienced District Court Mediation Panel member observe the first one to three mediation sessions. The ADR staff will assist in making appropriate arrangements to meet this qualification.
  2. For at least the first year of service, either participate in an Advanced Mediation Practice Group or establish a mentoring relationship with an experienced District Court Mediation Panel member. Advanced Mediation Practice groups, which are led by ADR legal staff, meet monthly on a regularly scheduled basis for two-hour sessions to discuss cases. Members are expected to attend at least nine sessions per year. Mentoring entails a commitment to debrief mediation sessions with an experienced panel member who can provide guidance and advice as needed. The ADR staff will assist in matching new mediators with appropriate mentors.
  3. Participate in three hours of continuing education relevant to mediation each year, including Court “brown bag” sessions or trainings or other mediation, negotiation, or communication trainings. Participation in an Advanced Mediation Practice Group satisfies this requirement
  4. Spend a minimum of ten hours each year reading books, articles, or reported cases relevant to mediation, negotiation, or communication.

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ENE Panel Requirements

Applicants must be members of the bar of this Court (or of the faculty of an accredited law school), admitted to the practice of law for at least 15 years, have considerable experience with civil litigation in federal court, and have substantial expertise in the subject matter of the cases they evaluate. Applicants must have the temperament to listen well, facilitate communication across party lines, and assist the parties with settlement negotiations. Successful completion of initial and periodic Court-sponsored training is required for service on the panel, as described below.

Initial Training:

Full participation in the Court’s own one-day ENE training is required, regardless of whether an applicant has received prior training. The Court will be conducting training sessions in April and May of 2019. The first session will be presented at the San Francisco courthouse on April 23rd and the second in Palo Alto (location to be determined) on April 25th. This training is offered free of charge to those invited to attend, and provides approximately 6.5 hours of MCLE credit, including some ethics and elimination of bias credit.

Continuing Training and Education:

Evaluators successfully completing the Court’s ENE training, who are then invited to join the Court’s panel of neutrals, will be expected to meet the following requirements to remain on the panel:

  1. Participate in three hours of continuing education relevant to the panelist’s areas of expertise each year.
  2. Participate periodically in Court-sponsored ENE continuing education as offered by the Court.
  3. Spend a minimum of ten hours each year reading books, articles, or reported cases relevant to the panelist’s areas of expertise.

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For more information, please call the ADR Unit at 415-522-2199.