Community Dispute Settlement Center

Building Bridges - People to People - Face to Face


Established in 1979, the Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), is a private, not-for-profit mediation and training center dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict.

CDSC promotes better ways to understand and deal with conflict through skilled teams of pro bono mediators, training programs in mediation and conflict management, and broad community outreach.

We are committed to making our services accessible to underserved populations and to addressing emerging community needs


Pro Bono Mediators

CDSC’s┬ároster of pro bono Mediators is comprised of over 65 volunteers who all donate their time and expertise as mediators. Their level of volunteerism enables CDSC to accomplish our mission with an extensive community reach … and translates to our being a very cost-effective investment to funders who appreciate the value of what we can leverage with this significant volunteer effort.

Our mediators come from a variety of backgrounds including the legal community, social services, education, business, and mental health, and contribute their services pro bono. They are highly trained and experienced in a variety of dispute resolution areas.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your expertise to CDSC as a Volunteer Consultant. Inquire about involvement on our Board of Directors. For example, help is needed in the following areas:

  • marketing & communication
  • event planning
  • fundraising/development
  • program evaluation
  • technology and social media
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