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Michael T. Elliott 
Los Angeles County Bar Association


Deborah Thomas 
Dispute Resolution Services

Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. to be honored by
Richard Riordan and
California Dispute Resolution Counsel

Los Angeles, November 1, 2004: The Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (DRS) will be honored by the California Dispute Resolution Counsel (CDRC) as the recipient of its Community Access to Justice Award.  Past Mayor, and current California Secretary of Education, Richard Riordan will present the award to DRS at CDRC’s 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner to be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on the evening of November 5th. 

DRS is to be honored for its outstanding work in the world of alternative dispute resolution.  Its Youth and Schools programs began in 1978, and continue today with nationally recognized curriculums in peer-to-peer mediation programs at Compton Unified School District High Schools, Carson Middle Schools, Santa Monica Middle Schools, and Challenger’s Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles.  The youth peer-to-peer mediation programs are designed to reduce negative behaviors and promote positive socialization and self-empowerment.  The programs focus on behavioral changes and cognitive responsiveness that will lead to violence prevention choices, intervention and positive resolutions.

Education Secretary Riordan has expressed the appreciation of the California Department of Education to DRS for its work in bringing together community groups throughout the state which are also involved in training our children in schools to peacefully resolve controversies among their peers.  In April, 2005, DRS will present its first Annual School and Youth Conference for professionals in the field of youth violence and youth dispute resolution techniques, to be held in Los Angeles in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section April 2005 Conference.  The Annual School and Youth Conference is dedicated to establishing and developing a nationally recognized mission, curriculum and standards of practice and ethics for youth conflict resolution, peer mediation, and school programs.  DRS is inviting the national community of ADR youth, family and community professionals to participate in this groundbreaking event.

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.

Dispute Resolution Services, a program of the Los Angeles County Bar Association provides a full range of community dispute resolution services, including community mediation services in Los Angeles County with offices in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Long Beach and Pasadena. Services also include attorney-client fee arbitration services and extensive mediation training programs addressing several levels and specialties of mediation and arbiter training and other related ADR services.  For more information on DRS, visit

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