Section Events

Event Photos

Here are some photos from recent ADR events: Mediation Mixer, Annual Summit, Annual Meeting—Passing of the Gavel

ADR Mediation Mixer Balcony SessionADR Mediation Mixer StageADR Mediation Mixer Passing of the Gavel


  • ADR Section: Mediator Lunch

    Sep 21, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    The Marquette County Bar Association and the ADR Section are cosponsoring a lunch for mediators and other ADR practitioners. Attendees can purchase lunch from the Vierling menu at their own expense. There will be round table discussions of issues that face mediators. How mediators advise attorneys and their clients on how they should assist/behave during the mediation process. How should the mediator handle the domestic violence screening inventory? Should mediators act as scriveners to draft settlement agreements? An update on mediation rule changes, including automatic ADR. Safety in mediation and defusing high tension situations. New language for agreements to mediate--safety, timing of mediation, confidentiality, and reporting of bad conduct. How to draft a final and binding, bulletproof, mediated settlement agreement. Registration is required and space is limited. For further information and registration, contact Thomas L. Solka (ret. Circuit Court) at tsolka67@gmail.com . #NetworkingEvent
    Marquette, MI, United States

  • ADR Section: Teleseminar on Mediator Ethics

    Oct 3, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    Register: online or by mail/fax form PDF Registration deadline: September 28, 2018 Cost : ADR Section Members $10; Free for Sitting Judges; All Other Registrants $40 Mediator Ethics: Effective Practices Under the Standards of Conduct In today’s litigation environment, it is not enough to be a mediator who knows how to help parties reach settlement agreements. Today’s mediator must understand and adhere to Standards of Conduct adopted by the State Court Administrative Office in 2013. Failure to do so could result in removal from local court lists and could stain a good name and reputation within the bench and bar—in other words, your market. As if that were not enough, it may also trigger the authority of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. Don’t run afoul of the Standards. There is no conflict between ethical and effective mediation practices. A panel of experienced professionals will help you think through and avoid the pitfalls that can entrap even the best ADR providers. Topics to be covered. Disclosures & truthfulness Conflicts of interest Safety & security Legal advice prohibitions Duty to withdraw Maintaining a quality process Advertising & solicitation And more! Moderators Scott Brinkmeyer has more than four decades of experience as a trial lawyer in defense and plaintiffs’ lawsuits in both state and federal courts throughout Michigan. He is a member of the National Panel of Civil Neutrals of the AAA, and a SCAO-approved mediator in various circuits. His extensive trial experience in wide variety of cases involving commercial, environmental, insurance, real estate, tort, product liability, and other claims has been particularly beneficial in arbitrating and mediating complex cases in Michigan and throughout the country. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan and the Western District Federal Bar Association, he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the ADR Section Council. Donald D. Campbell concentrates his practice in attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters, and legal malpractice defense. In addition to his law practice, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law teaching ethics and criminal law since 2002. He also teaches a corporate law and ethics seminar. He served 10 years as an associate counsel for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, and four years as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County before joining the firm in 2003. John A. Hohman Jr. started practicing law in 1981, was appointed to the bench in 1997, and served as a Monroe County probate and family judge for 17 years. In 2013 the Michigan Supreme Court appointed him state court administrator. He founded Hohman ADR in 2015. He was president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association in 2008-2009, and was the chair of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Michigan in 2010-2011. In 2008, he received the Michigan Judge of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates. He was named the Jurist of the Year in 2013 by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board. Alecia M. Ruswinckel is professional standards assistant counsel with the State Bar of Michigan where she provides legal support to the Professional Standards Division. This includes managing the Client Protection Fund and providing education, information, support, and guidance in the area of ethics to attorneys throughout Michigan primarily through answering the Bar's ethics helpline. She is staff liaison to the Client Protection Fund Standing Committee, Professional Ethics Committee, and Judicial Ethics Committee. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and her juris doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, magna cum laude , where she was the symposium editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review .  Additional Information Information on how to access the dial-in instructions will be provided on your seminar confirmation. Registrants will be able to access electronic materials in the event library two days before the seminar. #Teleconference

  • ADR Section: Annual Meeting & ADR Conference

    Oct 12 - 13, (ET)
    Register: online or by mail form Registration deadline: October 8, 2018 Pricing: Annual Meeting ONLY —Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30–9:00 a.m. (Does not include conferences or banquet)— FREE Family Mediation Module—Friday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.–Noon (includes lunch) Family Mediation Module Attendee— $60 ; Law/Graduate Students— $30 ; Sitting Judges/Conference Presenters— FREE * ADR Section Conference—Friday, Oct. 12, Noon–5:30 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ADR Section Conference Attendee— $150 ; Law/Graduate Students— $75 ; Sitting Judges/Conference Presenters— FREE * *Registration fee for sitting judges is waived. You must register by mail and must pay for your dinner if you are attending Friday night’s award ceremony. Awards Banquet— $50 Conference Program Would you like to sponsor this event? Sponsor registration: online or mail form PDF Please join us for an exciting learning and networking event! Attend the Section’s 2018 Annual Meeting and ADR Conference, featuring 11 hours of advanced mediation training. Choose from an assortment of hot topics, case law, and research updates. Engage in skill-building exercises. Discover what’s new. Add fresh skills to improve your current array of techniques. If your practice is in family law, add an optional program of domestic relations mediation topics. Network with your friends and colleagues, all in one convenient weekend! We also invite you to attend the section cocktail reception and awards banquet on Friday night. Enjoy good food, good conversation, and good cheer as we honor our colleagues who have made especially strong contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution. Approved for 11 hours of Advanced Mediator Training by SCAO. Hotel Information The Park Place Hotel has reduced rates for our Section, based on availability, on reservations made by September 11, 2018. You can contact the Park Place Hotel at (231) 946-5000 and mention “State Bar of Michigan.” Neither the hotel’s website nor its toll-free number has access to this group information. You must call to reserve at a discount. #AnnualMeeting #ConferenceorSeminar #NetworkingEvent
    Traverse City, MI, United States