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Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. Elects New President and President Elect
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Michael T. Elliott
Los Angeles County Bar Association
213-896-6450
telliott@lacba.org 
261 S. Figueroa St.
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90012 
Los Angeles, September 16, 2004: The Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (DRS) announces the 2004 election of Gerald F. Phillips, President and Wanda Dorgan, President elect to head the Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. Board.

Mr. Phillips who succeeds Patrick Kelly as president is a full time mediator and arbitrator and has been on the DRS Board for three years.  Phillips serves on the arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and the International Film and TV Alliance. He is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Malibu, a founding member of the College Commercial Arbitration and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Gerald Phillips received the DRS Griffin Bell Volunteer Service Award in May 2004.

Wanda Dorgan, a business litigator, heads the Labor and Employment Section of Sinnott, Dito, Moura and Puebla.  Her work on employment matters has resulted in significant successful appeals including a recent case before the United States Supreme Court.  Ms. Dorgan has served on the Board of Directors of Dispute Resolution Services since 1996 and serves on the Los Angeles Superior Court's ADR Committee as a representative for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

DRS a non-profit organization provides convenient low cost ADR services throughout Los Angeles County through its many training programs, its Community Services, School and Youth Services and its Attorney Client Services programs. The School and Youth Services program has proven to reduce violence in schools, and foster safe positive campus and learning environments.

November 5, 2004, DRS will be one of six California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC) honorees at their 10th Anniversary Gala dinner. The Anniversary Gala will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles.  CDRC (the Voice of ADR in Sacramento) is an organization of neutrals and educators who are committed to preserving and protecting the practice of ADR in California. Its Mission is to develop, support, and influence legislation and public polices that promote effective and accessible conflict resolution services.

April 2005, DRS will host its first annual Mini Youth Conference in Los Angeles, CA. with nationally noted invitees on the discussion panels.  The Mini Youth Conference is co-sponsored by: The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and The Western Justice Center.

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 30,000 members.  The County Bar is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice and meeting the professional needs of the legal community.  For more information on LACBA, visit www.lacba.org.

     





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