The Animal Law Resource Center provides access to legislation and legal matters pertaining to animals and the law. Information concerning animal cruelty, animal control, laboratory animal welfare, wildlife management and other issues concerning animals in our society. This content is updated regularly and is presented in searchable databases to help legal professionals, students, advocates and the general public make sense of a wealth of information and resources regarding legal and legislative issues.
In addition to providing a forum for members to exchange ideas, study, and understand laws, regulations, and case law pertaining to all areas of animal law, initial goals of the Animal Law Section include:
- Establishing an annual seminar and eventually a multistate MCLE animal law institute
- Publishing an Animal Law Reporter for the Pacific Northwest or nationwide
- Printing and distributing quarterly email or paper newsletters to section members, soliciting articles from practitioners, academics, and others
- Producing animal law-related pamphlets for the public
- Providing information to and facilitate cooperation with government agencies and nongovernmental humane societies, rescue organizations, and animal sanctuaries
- Organizing brown-bag lunches and round tables to address animal law matters in a short time frame
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses in a variety of disciplines, including the law, which anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can attend. They are free and often less structured than traditional in-person courses. Both of our local public library systems, Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System, offer access to many prominent MOOC providers.
For more information about MOOCs aimed at lawyers or others interested in the law, see this excellent article from the Harris County Law Library.
While not MOOCs, KCLL does offer a variety of video training segments as well. Check them out here!
Family Court Services (FCS) offers the following specific services to parents and custodians involved in family law actions:
- Adoption services
- Parenting plan mediations (when ordered or referred by the court)
- Parenting plan evaluations (when ordered or referred by the court)
- Domestic violence assessments (when ordered by the court)
- Becca program assistance related to Truancy, At-Risk Youth, and Child-in-Need-of-Services petitions
Seattle: (206) 477-1500
Kent: (206) 477-2740
WMA is a state wide professional organization of mediators that includes Independent mediators, attorneys, volunteers, and organizations. Members advocate for the use of mediation as a powerful conflict resolution tool and support each other’s efforts to continually improve the quality and usefulness of mediation.
Since 1991, the Mediation Clinic has provided free and confidential mediation services for the general public in the Greater Seattle area and for staff, students and faculty at the University of Washington. Students serve as neutral third parties to help individuals involved in a dispute negotiate a voluntary settlement of their case or conflict.
Resolution Washington is the member association for Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs) in Washington State.
The ILCRG provides mediation services to its members at no cost because members recognize that mediation is a more effective way of resolving disputes. Mediation is cost effective and improves workplace morale by resolving disputes more quickly and improving relationships in the workplace. The mediation process may uncover underlying interests that may have gone unaddressed by more conventional means of dispute resolution. Often this will assist in resolving the fundamental problems and in minimizing the recurrence of disputes.
The certified mediators available through the ILCRG are employees of the member agencies and labor unions, supplemented by volunteer professionals. Participating agencies “contribute” the time of their employee mediators to other members, and in return receive mediators for their own problems from other participating agencies. In order to preserve confidentiality and impartiality, mediators do not participate in the resolution of formal disputes originating in their own agency.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar Association promotes the informed use and best practices of alternative dispute resolution processes by:
- providing resources;
- educating members of the bar and the public; and
- addressing issues relating to the growth and development of alternative dispute resolution services in the State of Washington.
If you are faced with a conflict and need some help with it, the Conflict Resolution Center (formerly the Neighborhood Mediation Program) may be able to help you. Many people who work or live in Bellevue call us to help them resolve their conflicts through a continuum of free and confidential services.