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Over 70 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 or Kent cases, contact Lulu Miles, Volunteer Settlement Conference Program Coordinator, at or to reserve a settlement conference appointment.  The Volunteer Settlement Conference Program is first come, first serve and a one-time service opportunity.  Please note that when parties agree on a date, this date is set because of limited spacing and cannot be changed.

If you utilize this program, you will receive a receipt in form of a confirmation letter confirming the date, time,  settlement master attorney information and instructions.  The letter will also specify the information you need to provide to the settlement master attorney in advance of your settlement conference.  Please note, that most if not all of the settlement master attorneys are conducting their settlement conferences via video conferencing due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

If you resolve your case prior to the scheduled date, please notify the Volunteer Settlement Conference Program immediately at the above email.

For attorneys wanting to volunteer for the settlement conference panel, please contact Lulu Miles at the above contact email for an application.


Judicial Officer Settlement Conferences

Many Superior Court judges and commissioners also make themselves available for settlement conferences. Visit the Settlement Conferences directory for more information.