ADR Section: Mediating in Diverse & Minority Communities

When:  Jun 13, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Register: online or by mail form PDF
Registration deadline June 10, 2019
Cost: ADR Section Members-$75; Law Students-$40; All Other Registrants-$100

This seminar has been approved by SCAO for four hours of advanced mediation training.

Join us in Grand Rapids for a powerful, thought-provoking and important skill-building seminar like none you’ve ever attended before!

ADR providers aspire to provide the highest quality process possible when engaged to mediate conflicts and lawsuits. When we mediate in minority and culturally diverse communities, however, are we the best we can be? None of us is free of bias, implicit or otherwise. But do we harbor feelings of which we are not consciously aware? How do we know? What steps can we take to recognize and address potential risks to our neutrality? When the parties are members of minority communities, come from Middle Eastern or Hispanic backgrounds, or identify as LGBTQ, are there “hot buttons” about which we should be aware? Are there differences we could and should understand about these cultures and backgrounds that would assist us in improving the quality of the process? Do we appreciate fully what it means to be respectful, sensitive, and welcoming to those from diverse backgrounds? Could we be better? Could we provide a safer, more accessible and higher-level process?

Join our nationally-renowned keynote presenter, Professor Carol L. Izumi, University of California, Hastings Law, San Francisco, and Michigan experts in raising the quality of the mediation process for everyone who hires us no matter what their background or culture.

Gain fresh understanding and insight. Take home successful approaches and effective techniques designed to establish trust, open channels of communication, gain confidence, and build the foundation for endurable and satisfying resolution. Become the best mediator you can be with all parties!

Can't make it on the 13th? We'll be holding this seminar on the 12th in Detroit. Details about the Detroit seminar.

Agenda PDF

Moderator

Susan K. Klooz, Lakeshore Resolution, Holland

Keynote Presenter

Carol L. Izumi, University of California Hastings Law, San Francisco

Panelists

Shereef H. Akeel, Akeel & Valentine, PLC, Troy

Stephen R. Drew, Drew Cooper & Anding, Grand Rapids

Angie Martell, Iglesia Martell Law Firm PLLC, Ann Arbor

Elizabeth Reyes-Rosario, Grand Rapids Law Group, Grand Rapids

Ric Roane, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids

Betty R. Widgeon, Widgeon Dispute Resolution PLC, Ann Arbor

Pamela C. Enslen, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids

Christine P. Gilman, Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, Grand Rapids

William W. Jack, Jr., SmithHaughey Rice & Roegge, Grand Rapids
Speaker bios PDF

Directions to L. V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids

Complimentary parking is located in the Fulton Street Parking Lot, which has a street address of 312 Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

From Detroit/Lansing: Take I-96 West to US-131 South. (DO NOT TAKE Exit 37/I-196 unless you are familiar with surface streets in downtown Grand Rapids. Westbound I-196 is closed at the Ottawa Exit until August 31 and it is causing congestion near the closure.)

Continue on US-131 South to Exit 85B/Pearl Street and stay near the right side. You will then merge onto Mount Vernon Ave. Continue on Mount Vernon until you come to a light at Fulton St, turn left onto Fulton. The Fulton Lot is on the right, beneath the US-131 Overpass.

From Holland: Take I-196 East to US-131 South. Take US-131 South to Exit 85B/Pearl Street and stay near the right side. You will then merge onto Mount Vernon Avenue. Continue on Mount Vernon to the second traffic signal, Fulton Street, and turn left onto Fulton. The Fulton Lot is on the right, beneath the US-131 Overpass.

From Kalamazoo: Take US-131 North to Exit 85B, the Pearl Street Exit. Turn left onto Pearl Street and proceed to 1st traffic signal, Mount Vernon Avenue, and turn left again. Proceed to the next traffic signal, Fulton Street, and turn left. The Fulton Lot is on the right, beneath the US-131 Overpass.

From Muskegon: Take I-96 East to US-131 South. Take US-131 South to Exit 85B/Pearl Street and stay to the right. You will then merge onto Mount Vernon Avenue. Continue on Mount Vernon to the second traffic signal, Fulton Street, and turn left onto Fulton. The Fulton Lot is on the right, beneath the US-131 Overpass.

From Cadillac: Take US-131 South to Exit 85B/Pearl Street and stay to the right. You will then merge onto Mount Vernon Avenue. Continue on Mount Vernon to the second traffic signal, Fulton Street, and turn left onto Fulton. The Fulton Lot is on the right, beneath the US-131 Overpass.

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Location

Eberhard Center
301 Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504