Welcome to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
of the State Bar of Texas

Our Mission:
To educate the public about ADR including being a resource to questions from
practitioners and legislators about the proper role of alternative dispute resolution in our society.


ADR Section Advanced CLE – January 8, 2021

In contrast to previous years, when the program has been held at the State Bar Building in Austin, the 2021 program will be on-line, with 6.50 hours total (3.75 hours ethics!).

We will have excellent speakers, new faces and topics, and a breadth of useful, helpful information for practitioners. The program will be illuminating for mediators, arbitrators, and lawyers who represent clients in ADR venues.

  • Lonnie Schooler, who has given the Arbitration Update for many years, will provide his annual summary with wit and wisdom.
  • Former State Bar President Bob Black and Sarah Keathley will discuss the impact of online/video mediations on family law and commercial cases. 
  • Jennifer Ortiz Prather, supervisory attorney for ADR for the U.S. EEOC, will speak to implicit bias. 
  • Aric Garza of San Antonio will lead a panel on consumer arbitrations. 
  • Trey Bergman and his panel will provide practice tips for mediation and arbitration of a wide variety of cases (family law, PI, employment, construction, commercial and probate/trust cases).
  • Family law practitioners will receive special focus in a presentation by former ADR Section Chair Linda Meekins McLain. 
  • Brian C. Hewitt of Indianapolis will enlighten and entertain with his description of personality-driven approaches to mediation. 
  • A panel of luminaries headed by Sharmeen Ladhani with the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel will discuss the Conciliation and Arbitration Board, its role, objectives, and successes.

A fascinating program! Plan to attend. You will come away with practical knowledge that will be immediately useful.

Notice of Annual Meeting

In keeping with the “nothing is normal in 2020” theme, and with an abundance of safety in mind, our Annual Meeting will be conducted by email. This action is taken pursuant to the State Bar Board of Directors Resolution Regarding Authority of the Executive Director during COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency.

The ADR Section will conduct its Annual Meeting and election via email on Thursday, January 14, 2021. That morning, you will receive another email containing a link to cast your vote.

The ADR Section’s Nominating Committee recommends the slate below:

David Harrell-Houston, Chair
Daniel David Martinez-McAllen, Chair-Elect
Paul D. Clote-Houston, Treasurer
Ingeuneal C. Gray-Houston, Secretary

*Per section bylaws, current Chair Gene Roberts, Jr. automatically ascends to the immediate past chair position. Current Chair-Elect David Harrell automatically ascends to the position of chair.

New Council Members – Terms expire in 2022 
Aric J. Garza-San Antonio
Hon. Rick Morris-Salado
Sharmeen Ladhani-Dallas
Sylvia Mayer-Houston

New Council Members -Terms expire in 2023 
Sharon Corsentino-Allen
Shannon A. S. Quadros-Houston
Kimberly Sullivan-Austin
Barry Wernick-Dallas

Only State Bar of Texas ADR Section members who are current in their dues and in good standing can vote in the section’s digital membership meeting.

Beginning at 8 a.m. CST on Thursday, January 14, 2021, the election link will be open 24 hours to allow ample time for members to cast their vote.  Proxy votes will not be accepted.