King County Volunteer Family Law Settlement Conference Program
Over 100 experienced attorneys specializing in family law offer their services without cost in this court-annexed settlement conference program. Begun in 1997, these attorneys have conducted thousands of settlement conferences, assisting low and low-moderate income families in resolving their cases without the financial and emotional expense of trial.
Although there are no formal limitations, this program is intended to serve those for whom it would be a financial hardship to utilize the many fine mediation and arbitration services available in our community.
Pursuant to the Order Setting Civil Case Schedule and King County Local Rule 16, effective September 1, 2004, parties in civil actions must participate in some form of ADR (alternate dispute resolution) before trial. Those wishing to access the program may use the following contact information:
For Seattle: Call (206) 477-1353 Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30 to speak with the program coordinator.
For Kent: Call Sidney at the Curran Law Firm, P.S., at (253) 852-2345 Monday through Friday (except 1:00pm - 2:00pm). Curran is the law firm that administers the program for the Maleng Regional Justice Center, donating its office staff and mailing costs.
If you utilize this program, you will receive a letter confirming the date, time, and settlement master. The letter will also specify the information you need to provide to the settlement master in advance of your settlement conference. If you resolve your case prior to the scheduled date, please notify the Settlement Conference Program immediately at the above telephone numbers.
Space is available at both courthouses to conduct the settlement conferences, although more than half are conducted in other locations such as attorneys' offices.