The June 2018 issue of Valley Lawyer Magazine features an in depth article about the Valley Bar Mediation Center (VBMC). The VBMC is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to educate the public about the benefits of mediation, and provides low cost, high quality alternative dispute resolution services.
The closure of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program in June 2013 dealt a huge blow to the community, and the overburdened court system, as the low-cost alternative dispute resolution program handled more than 10,000 cases per year. Recognizing the void left by ADR’s closure, a dedicated group of volunteer attorneys and mediators, including Alpert, Barr & Grant’s own Adam D.H. Grant, sought to fill that gap. As President of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association at that time, Adam made it a priority to establish a relationship between the Bar and what is now known as the VBMC. This partnership proved to be instrumental in the creation and steady growth of this worthwhile service, for which Adam now serves on the Board of Directors.
Today, the VBMC has grown into one of the nation’s largest civil litigation mediation programs. Recently, the VBMC was granted a contract by the Los Angeles Superior Court to be placed on the Court Civil Mediation Resource List, making it one of only two approved vendors for quality, low-cost mediation services for general civil cases in Los Angeles County.