Friday, May 15, 2009

Awards presented for dispute resolution achievements

County of Los Angeles

Community and Senior Services

Office of Communications

3175 W. 6th Street, Suite 302 – Los Angeles, CA 90020




Immediate Release

May 15, 2009                                                                                   


Media Contact:  Patricia Senette-Holt

 (213) 738-2065        





And Proclaim May 17-23, 2009 as “Mediation Week”


Los Angeles County—On Tuesday, May 19, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will proclaim the week of May 17-23, 2009 “Mediation Week” in Los  Angeles County and recognize the success of the Community and Senior Services (CSS) department’s Dispute Resolution Programs announced Cynthia Banks, Director, Community and Senior Services. 

“These programs have become a valuable service to the public and the courts by providing an alternative means for settling disputes outside of the traditional judge and jury system and other more formal processes,” said Supervisor Don Knabe, Chairman, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.


Who:               The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Community and Senior Services’ Dispute Resolution Award recipients.


What:              Mediation Week, Dispute Resolution award recipients will be acknowledged by the County Board of Supervisors: Marcelous Green, City of Hawthorne Centinela Youth Services, Outstanding Youth Volunteer; Cynthia F. Pasternak, Esq., Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Outstanding Case Award; Verna Smith, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, the William C. Hobbs Award for Outstanding Adult Volunteer; and Shaune Gatlin, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Outstanding Staff Award.  A “Lifetime Achievement Award” will be presented posthumously to the family of Ester Soriano, former CSS Dispute Resolution Program Manager.


When:             9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Where:          Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 381 B

                        Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

                        500 W. Temple Street

                        Los Angeles, CA  90012


WHY:              To pay tribute to the Dispute Resolution Awardees and  recognize the outstanding work of the dispute resolution programs throughout the County that are responsible for assisting more than 12,000 residents, businesses, and organizations involved in resolving 6,000 disputes outside the traditional court system last year.                      


For more information concerning “Mediation Week,” call Damian Leone   at (213) 738-2717.






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