Hon. Irwin Joseph, (retired)
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Mediator, Arbitrator, Private Judge
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SClara/SCruz/SLO County, CA
Description of Practice
Starting in 1992, after a lengthy training in mediation, I realized that there was a positive, valuable alternative to traditional litigation. I began mediating cases with regularity and with terrific results. Litigants were able to resolve their differences effectively and efficiently without going to court.
After closing my private practice, I took the bench in January, 2001 as a Superior Court Commissioner in Santa Cruz County. I presided over, Unlimited Civil Court (1.5 years), Family Court (4 years), Juvenile Delinquency Court (1 year), and Misdemeanor Criminal Court (3.25 years).
In 2011, after a short hiatus from the Court, I began serving as All Purpose Judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Court, an assignment I enjoyed for over four years. I retired from the Santa Clara Bench in February, 2016 after almost five years.
In addition, I served on Faculty for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) at the AOC, Faculty for National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Domestic Violence Training, and The Elkins Family Law Task Force.
I currently serve as Adjunct Faculty at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. There, I teach judges, court personnel and attorneys about Mediation in Dissolution and Parentage cases. The training I co-created has been given thirteen times in California, Vermont and Maryland.
In October, 2015, I co-taught seventeen Judges and Attorneys in Singapore as part of a six-day (32 hour) Pepperdine/Straus training entitled "Mediating the Litigated Case."
Since 1992, I have mediated thousands of disputes with a very high rate of success.
Since 2001, I have presided over the trials and hearings in thousands of cases.
|1995||UCSC Extension||Basic 40 Hours Training|
|2006||J. Melamed, N. Meierling||Straus/Pepperdine--Family Law (18 hours)|
|2009-2018||I. Joseph/ D. Saposnek||Straus/Pepperdine--Family Law (18 hours). Malibu, Vermont Law School, Baltimore, Nashville.|
|2011, 2013||I. Joseph/ D. Saposnek||Straus/Pepperdine--Family Law (13 hours-2sessions)|
|2015||I. Joseph/ P.Robinson||Straus/Pepperdine/Singapore: Mediating the LItigated Case (32 hours)|
|2016, 2018||I.Joseph/D. Saposnek||Straus/Pepperdine/Singapore: Family Law Mediation (18 hrs)|
If a date is reserved, the mediation/hearing is expected to begin on time. Mediations will usually commence at 10:00am.
Fees are as follows:
- South Bay: $485 per hour (3 hour minimum). SLO: $350 per hour
- No charge for travel time.
- No charge for time spent scheduling.
- No charge for file setup.
- No administrative fees.
- Preparation time at normal hourly rate
Areas of Practice
- Boundary Disputes
- Civil (general)
- Divorce (all issues)
- Divorce (parenting)
- Land Use
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate
- Sexual Harrassment
- Mediating Lawyer
- Advanced Mediation Trainer
- Mediation Trainer
- Online Mediator
- Online Arbitrator