The Colorado Bar Association ADR Section provides opportunities to its Section members to be inspired and educated, to network with other dispute resolution professionals and members of the larger Bar Association, and to provide opportunities for its members to reach out to the Bar membership at large to foster a deeper understanding of the power of alternative dispute resolution.

The Section has six business meetings and five CLE meetings each year. The meetings are generally the first Friday of each month at noon, at the CBA Offices on 17th floor. The meetings rotate, so that each business meeting is followed the next month by a learning opportunity.  In addition, the Section sponsors and promotes efforts to further the use of ADR in our judicial, legal and community arenas. Here’s a look at some of the activities we engage in:

·During Conflict Resolution Month celebrated throughout October, we join with the Conflict Center in Colorado to purchase a selected book which we distribute to Colorado’s District Court Chief Judges and all appellate judges. 

·The Communication Committee of the ADR Section coordinates with The Colorado Lawyer to publish articles of interest in the field of ADR

·Annually we sponsor our ADR Convention in November. The Conference includes CLE sessions covering both substantive and management aspects of the ADR Practice.

·The Section supports Court Mediation Services (CMS), which serves the Denver District, County and Small Claims Courts.

·The Section reviews proposed legislation impacting ADR in Colorado, and provides focused feedback about such legislative proposals to the CBA Legislative Policy Committee.


We are an active and energetic Section, and rely on our Members to carry out our ambitious agenda. Please feel free to call or email us (mssylvain3@gmail.com or call me at 970.769.0039), or review our website for more information about our section: www.cobar.org/For-Members/CBA-Sections/Alternative-Dispute-Resolution

The Section also works with CLE to offer a 40-hour mediation course for mediator training, and sponsors the annual ADR Conference, typically held each November. The activities of the Section are completed through the work of committees, which include Programs/Projects, Articles, Legislation and Website. The committees provide support to the legal community, businesses, government, courts, and the general public in the understanding and use of all types of ADR in manner which aids in the resolution of cases both prior to and during any court or administrative process, as well as assists with resolution of other general disputes.

    ADR Executive Council

    The 2020/2021 CBA Chair Selection:
    Chair: Michelle Sylvain

    CBA Staff Liaison:
    Katie Null

    Website Contact

    Upcoming Alternative Dispute Resolution CLE Events

    14th Annual Colorado ADR Conference - Virtual

    Oct 27, 2020 - Oct 27, 2020
    Promoting Belonging as Dispute Resolution Professionals... view event

    Alternative Resolution CLE Homestudies

    How to Spot a Liar 2020

    Co-sponsored by the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association... view product

    14th Annual Colorado ADR Conference - Virtual

    Promoting Belonging as Dispute Resolution Professionals... view product

    A Comprehensive Approach to Negotiating

    The Right Tactics at the Right Time™ with the Honorable Retired Russell Carparelli... view product

    Online Mediation: Get It Right

    Co-sponsored by the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law and Litigation Sections... view product

    The Tips and Traps to be Aware of and Effective Presentation to Arbitrators

    Co-sponsored by the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section... view product

    Arbitration After Hours: Arbitration Discovery and Pre-Hearing Preparation

    Co-sponsored by the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section... view product

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