Biographies of ADR Legal Staff
The ADR Unit consists of a Director of ADR Programs, staff attorneys, case administrators and support personnel. The ADR Director and legal staff are attorneys with expertise in ADR procedures. The ADR Unit is responsible for designing, implementing, administering and evaluating the Court’s ADR Programs. These responsibilities extend to educating litigants, lawyers, Judges, and Court staff about the ADR Program and rules. In addition, the ADR Unit is responsible for overseeing, screening and training neutrals to serve in the Court’s ADR programs. The ADR Director and legal staff also serve as neutrals in selected cases.
Director, ADR Program: Howard Herman
Howard A. Herman has been with the Northern District since February 1997. Mr. Herman previously served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court. He also spent four years as a settlement conference attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ultimately serving as the co-director of that court's settlement conference program. Mr. Herman has practiced as a civil litigator with the firms of Graham & James and Kindel & Anderson in San Francisco. He is a 1983 graduate of Hastings College of the Law and a 1979 graduate, with high honors, of the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Herman currently teaches negotiation and mediation at Hastings College of the Law. He has experience as a mediator, mediation trainer, and early neutral evaluator.
ADR Staff Attorney: Daniel Bowling
Daniel Bowling joined the ADR Program as Staff Attorney in March 2006 and has been mediating since 1986. He taught advanced mediation at LaTrobe Law School in Melbourne and Osgoode Hall School of Law in Toronto and negotiation at Hastings College of Law and Howard Law School. He also taught advanced mediation skills in New Zealand and at the International Summer School for Business Mediation in Austria. He co-edited/co-authored Bringing Peace into the Room: The Personal Qualities of the Mediator and their Impact on Conflict Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2003), and co-authored “The Mediation Process” in A Litigator's Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (Cal CEB, 2005). He co-founded the first mediation organization in South Carolina, the Low Country Mediation Network. As Executive Director of SPIDR, he managed the merger among SPIDR, AFM, and the Conflict Resolution Education Network that created the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR), and served as its first CEO. He practiced law and was Public Defender in Charleston, SC and was on the founding faculty of Antioch School of Law. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has practiced yoga and meditation for over thirty-five years.
ADR Staff Attorney: Tamara Lange
Tamara Lange previously practiced for nearly 20 years as a civil litigator with Heller Ehrman, Caldwell Leslie, the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project, and the National Center for Youth Law. She also served as a Lead Deputy for Santa Clara County Counsel, where she developed and managed the Impact Litigation & Social Justice Section. In addition to being a member of this court's Mediation and ENE panels, Ms. Lange has served as a settlement conference officer for the San Francisco Superior Court and on the mediation panels of the Alameda County Superior Court and the San Francisco Police Department's Office of Citizen Complaints. She currently teaches negotiations at Berkeley Law.
Ms. Lange received her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1995, where she was Order of the Coif, and her BS/BA with honors from Cornell University in 1990, where she was a College Scholar. She clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Paez and the Hon. William A. Fletcher.