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About The California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
The California Academy is a local chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association whose membership consists of attorneys distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution. 

With over 800 members throughout the United States, the NADN is the largest free public roster of experienced ADR experts online. Membership is by invitation only and limited to neutrals who have proven experience in the resolution of commercial & civil disputes. All members have been recognized for their accomplishments through a peer-nomination and client review


For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to NADN" YouTube video below...

California Chapter Website
There is clear demand from attorneys, corporate counsel, adjusters and parties to know more specific information about a given neutral: their practice experience, qualifications, language skills, dispute areas in which they have previously mediated, and so on. This website allows the visitor to find the state's most experienced ADR professionals quickly and easily. There is also the common difficulty of settling upon a mutually agreed date for a mediation or arbitration - this website serves as a daily scheduling aid to attorneys and staff.

Membership:

Membership in the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals roster is by invitation only. Membership is limited to established mediators and arbitrators, each of whom is confirmed to have met our nomination and experience requirements, and to have established a solid reputation in their respective fields.

The California Academy has 2 levels of membership; Member and Diplomate:

For Membership to the Academy as a Member:

  • Introductory nomination required from existing Diplomat Member of the California Academy.
  • All Members are professional neutrals, in mediation/arbitration practice for a minimum of 3 years,
    and must declare that a minimum of 50% of their professional efforts are dedicated to ADR practice.
  • Neutrals must have privately mediated/arbitrated at least 250 civil disputes, excluding pro bono,
    court appointed cases, or receive remuneration for mediation or arbitration work at least 50 days annually.
  • 6 attorney client references required on application (attorneys for whom neutral has mediated/arbitrated disputes in the preceding 3 months, excluding pro bono/court appt cases). Each will be contacted
    and questioned as to applicant's expertise and professionalism.

For Membership to the Academy as a Diplomate Member:

  • Introductory nomination required from existing member of the California Academy, plus either
    a second affirming vote by an Academy member or approval of Diplomate status by Advisory Committee.
  • All Diplomate Members are professional neutrals, in majority or fulltime mediation/arbitration practice
    for a minimum of 5 years, with an active case load of at least 100 disputes per year. (If in arbitration practice, Diplomate Members are receiving remuneration at least 100 days annually).
  • Diplomate Members must have privately mediated/arbitrated at least 1000 civil disputes, excluding
    pro bono court appointed cases.
  • 6 attorney client references required on application (attorneys for whom neutral has mediated/arbitrated disputes in the preceding 3 months, excluding pro bono/court appt. cases.) Each will be contacted
    and questioned as to applicant's expertise and professionalism.

All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above) before being confirmed into the Academy.
The final decision to approve/decline membership rests with the Executive Director. If approved, inductees must maintain membership for a minimum of 1 year from date of approval.

Executive Committee
The Committee is an appointed committee of 6 Academy Members who have been instrumental in helping to identify, and nominate, those mediators and arbitrators of repute across California. They have also given advice as to suitable membership criteria, and suggestions/improvements that have led to the current version of this, our Academy website. For details regarding our Academy Advisory Committee, please contact us directly.

Academy Member Dues : $720 annually / prorated $60 per month
(Preferred payment method is a monthly charge to members' credit card)

Members can also opt-in to the Academy's advertising campaigns, as run in legal publications such as Daily Journal, LA Lawyer, The Recorder, San Diego Lawyer, etc. These optional ad costs are then charged at an agreed rate to member cards, for the duration of the campaign.

From June 2010, all FCCMS members are recognized as members of our national association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (www.NADN.org), with local member dues covering NADN membership.

In June 2013, NADN was confirmed as a partner to both the national defense bar (www.DRI.org/Neutrals) and the plaintiffs bar (www.Justice.org/Neutrals). All NADN member profiles are now promoted to the more than 40,000 members of these legal associations. 

Website Benefits
All Academy members receive a personal Profile Page, which they can control and edit by logging into their accounts to edit content. This web page is directly referenced at www.californianeutrals.org/yourname
(Example: See www.californianeutrals.org/norman-brand and the same profile is online at the National roster at www.nadn.org/norman-brand

Member webpages include: Personal photograph, contact information, printable location map, email, website link(s), printable PDF resume, case experience profile, biography text, rates information, contact information for scheduler. Members are also invited to publish their availability dates using our exclusive calendar tool software.
This useful information can then also be published on member's own websites (e.g.; www.normbrand.com )

 

 

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