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John J. Gilligan, CFLS, Volunteers to be the Daily Settlement Officer in D-2

BGD's own Certified Family Law Specialist, John J. Giligan, is a member of the LA County Bar Association's family law executive committee (FLEXCOM), which recently formed a new Daily Settlement Officer (DSO) program in Compton.

Mr. Gilligan graciously volunteered to be the DSO in D-2.  In this capacity, he will be donating his time monthly, and/or twice quarterly, to assist the LASC Central district in settling its family law cases. He will take cases from the department that are ready to go to trial, or to Request for Order (RFO), and try to get the parties to settle in order to avoid going to court and to reduce the backlog of unresolved cases. 

The reason there is such a need for the DSO program is that the courts had to dismantle the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program in the last round of budget cuts. The Los Angeles County Bar Family Law section stepped in to fill the gap. Settlements officers have been extraordinary successful in resolving disputes.  More than 60% of the cases referred to the settlement officers are resolved.

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