History of the DRC

DRC History:

With the Texas ADR Act in mind, an exploratory committee was formed to assess the need for a Dispute Resolution Center in the Brazos Valley. This initial group consisted of representatives from political units, the justice system, social agencies, and individuals with one thing in common: their commitment to mediation as an alternative method for solving disputes.

This initial organizational committee elected a 9-member Board of Directors, and charged them with the organization of the Center. The Board of Directors established the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center- Central Brazos Valley, Inc. (“Brazos DRC”) in September 1996 (under the provisions of the Texas ADR Act). Shortly after, the Board of Directors hired an Executive Director to oversee the daily operations of the Center. 

Today, the Brazos DRC still operates under the Texas ADR Act, the Texas Family Code, and the Texas Civil Procedures and Remedies Code. We have expanded the staff to include a full time Case Manager, but still function as a low cost/no cost mediation center with the mission of facilitating the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Many of our cases are Court-ordered from the surrounding District and County Courts. Other cases are referred to the DRC by attorneys or previous clients.

ADR Legislation in Texas:

With the Texas ADR Act in mind, an exploratory committee was formed to assess the need for a Dispute Resolution Center in the Brazos Valley. This initial group consisted of representatives from political units, the justice system, social agencies, and individuals with one thing in common: their commitment to mediation as an alternative method for solving disputes.

This initial organizational committee elected a 9-member Board of Directors, and charged them with the organization of the Center. The Board of Directors established the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center- Central Brazos Valley, Inc. (“Brazos DRC”) in September 1996 (under the provisions of the Texas ADR Act). Shortly after, the Board of Directors hired an Executive Director to oversee the daily operations of the Center. 

Today, the Brazos DRC still operates under the Texas ADR Act, the Texas Family Code, and the Texas Civil Procedures and Remedies Code. We have expanded the staff to include a full time Case Manager, but still function as a low cost/no cost mediation center with the mission of facilitating the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Many of our cases are Court-ordered from the surrounding District and County Courts. Other cases are referred to the DRC by attorneys or previous clients.