Center for Dialog & Resolution (aka Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution)

The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution provides innovative, affordable and cooperative ways to resolve differences and transform relationships.

We deliver quality services and products ranging from mediation, training, conflict resolution, settlement conferences, facilitations, and educational resources in professional, efficient and affordable ways to members of government, business, non-profit organizations and individuals. We are the only dispute resolution center in the state of Washington that coordinates pre-trial settlement conferences.


  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: King, Pierce, Thurston
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Community Development, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Nonprofit Organizations
  • Populations Served: Communities of Color, General Public
  • Opportunities For: Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, all mediations are generally 3-4 hours in length
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: We offer the 40hr basic mediation training three times per year; quarterly settlement conference mediator trainings; monthly in-service programs; and plenty of peer evaluation and continuing education opportunities.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Other Project Types: settlement conference mediators (5yrs licensed attorney + our 4 hr settlement conference training program), certified mediators (either certified in WA or willing to participate in our 40hr training + practicum program)
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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