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Access ADR

ACCESS ADR is a program of the Mediation Center of the Pacific that offers accessible and affordable dispute resolution options for resolving business and family disputes.

Dispute resolution refers to informal processes that help people resolve their conflicts without going to court. Through ACCESS ADR, the Mediation Center of the Pacific offers a variety of these processes including facilitation and mediation.

For more information, see the Access ADR brochure by clicking here.


ACCESS ADR provides individuals in conflict situations with options to resolve their issues in a less costly manner than going to court. Equally important, the program offers people three important choices to help them resolve their conflict in the manner that best suits their situation and personal needs.

These choices include the ability to choose:

  • The process that is most appropriate for resolving the issue(s).
  • The professional neutral that is best suited for helping them work through the process.
  • The hours and time-line that best fit their schedule.


FACILITATION: a process in which a neutral third party, the facilitator, helps to design and conduct an effective productive meeting that enables the participants to: accomplish the desired outcomes and purpose of the meeting; resolve difficult issues; and ensure that everyone fully participates.
MEDIATION: an informal process in which a neutral third party, the mediator, helps people communicate and resolve their differences by coming up with their own solutions. The mediator works with the parties in joint and private sessions to facilitate communication and enable the parties to “hear” their differences, solve problems and rebuild relationships for the future.
Agreements are put in writing.

What Types of Conflicts are Appropriate for ACCESS ADR?


  • Coworker differences
  • Employee / Employer disagreements
  • Partnership dissolution
  • Real Estate (DROA) disputes
  • Condominium
  • Insurance issues
  • ADA complaints
  • Financial disputes
  • Small business issues
  • Consumer / Merchant disputes
  • Grievances of any kind


  • Divorce issues
  • Where the children will live
  • What the visitation schedule will be
  • How real property will be divided
  • Adult guardianship
  • Where elderly relatives should live
  • How finances are managed
  • Who should be the caretaker
  • Family estate issues


  • How decisions should be made
  • Who should manage the business
  • How to work together
  • Should the business be sold
  • Intergenerational succession
  • How to handle debts


Access ADR Mediators & Facilitators

To schedule an Access ADR mediation or facilitation with one of the people listed below, call the Mediation Center of the Pacific at 521-6767.  The Access ADR case intake process is conducted through the Mediation Center’s Client Services Department. Cynthia T. Alm, Esq. Bruce Barnes, Esq. Kristin Lambert Bryant, Esq. J. William ‘Ned’ Busch, Esq. …

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