San Francisco Superior Court Recruitment – Volunteer Settlement Conference Attorneys

San Francisco Superior Court Recruitment – Volunteer Settlement Conference Attorneys

The Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco is recruiting qualified attorneys to serve as volunteer settlement conference officers as part of the Civil Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) Program.

The MSC Program has been in place since 2012.  MSC Settlement Officers assist the court by conducting settlement conferences in nearly every civil case.  This allows judges to focus on managing busy calendars and conducting trials while utilizing the vast settlement experience within the bar. The program has been extremely successful. In 2017, more than 600 cases were ordered to MSC and MSCs that were conducted resulted in a nearly 60% settlement rate.

The program includes most types of general civil cases. Typical cases include personal injury, breach of contract, landlord-tenant, employment, professional negligence and real estate. The program does not conduct MSCs in unlawful detainer, asbestos, probate or family law cases.

Candidates must have practiced for at least 10 years and must be in good standing and active members of the State Bar of California. The Court is seeking attorneys with substantial settlement experience. Attorneys from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

A judicial committee will review the applications in summer. The committee will consider the following criteria:

  • Settlement experience, including number of years conducting settlement and how many settlements conducted;
  • Litigation experience, including serving as lead trial counsel;
  • Education and training, including courses completed related to settlement and/or alternative dispute resolution (ADR);
  • Service on an ADR panel for an organization, agency or court; and
  • Bilingual ability.

Those selected for the program will be required to attend one full-day training on a date to be determined, most likely in October 2019.

Applications are available at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org/divisions/civil/dispute-resolution. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.