California Arbitration & Mediation Services is a not-for-profit mutual benefit corporation formed under the laws of the state of California. The panelists are independent contractors who are compensated directly for his/her services. All references to “Mediator” apply both to the lawyer Mediator and any other professional serving as Mediator, consultant, assisting the mediator or communicating with the parties regarding the mediation. Each Panelist is independently insured. Mediators serve with qualified judicial immunity from liability under California law (California Evidence Code §703.5 and Howard v Drapkin, (1990) 222 CA3rd 843).