Alternative Dispute Resolution

About the ADR Section

The ADR Section brings together CMBA members who work as arbitrators or mediators, and lawyers who have a particular interest in dispute resolution as advocates.  We promote the use of alternate dispute resolution in all fields of law, and help advocates and neutrals build their skills.

Section Activities

Bar Journal

Section members provide articles for the July/August issue of the CMBA Bar Journal.

CLE Programs

The ADR Section sponsors at least one CLE program annually, most regularly in the fall CLE season.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings, often with one hour CLE, are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Join us!

Bench-Bar Mediation Initiative

Looking for a way to give back? The CMBA has partnered with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to help ease the backlog of cases accrued during the COVID-19 shutdown through the Bench-Bar Mediation Initiative, with the full support of the ADR Section. Cases are referred by Common Pleas Court judges to the Court's Civil Mediation Program, which began distributing cases to CMBA volunteers in May, 2020.

If you are an experienced mediator and CMBA member who would like to volunteer, please contact Jessica Paine at For current and prospective volunteers, click here for a Zoom Mediation Training video and click here for Mediators' Guide to Zoom materials.

Did you know you can see your fellow section members through your account access?  Simply sign in and head to the "Current Participation" tab and click on your section. You'll then have access to fellow section members' public profiles.





Matthew Mennes
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas