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Community Dispute Settlement Center

Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC) is a private, non-profit mediation center dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict. The mediation sessions are conducted by trained pro bono mediators. CDSC depends on support from foundation grants, training programs, and donations to continue providing high quality mediation services. We ensure access to our services through a sliding fee scale. Fees are waived in District Court Cases in accordance with District Court policy for referrals to court-approved mediation programs.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Middlesex, Suffolk
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Homeless, Housing, Nonprofit Organizations, small claims mediation
  • Populations Served: General Public, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Nonprofits, State Residents
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • Training / Supervision Comments: Mediation Training (minimum 30 hours) required. In-house training. Advanced trainings also available. Materials provided. Administrative support provided to panel members in conjuction handling referred cases. Internships for law students as mediation case managers & mediators (subject to training pre-requisite).
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Prepare legal education materials
  • Other Project Types: Community Outreach, Public Education
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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