Section Events

Event Photos

Here are some photos from recent ADR events: CDRC Directors at the ADR Annual Awards Banquet; Earlene R. Baggett-Hayes, winner of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award; and the Passing of the Gavel from Lee Hornberger to Bill Gilbride at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

CDRC Directors at the ADR Annual Awards BanquetEarlene R. Baggett-Hayes, 2018 Distinguished Service Award WinnerADR Mediation Mixer Passing of the Gavel


  • ADR Section: How Mediators Prepare for Mediation Teleseminar

    Apr 2, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    The Section is pleased to invite you to attend this informative teleseminar which includes a panel discussion with advice and anecdotes from senior, experienced practitioners on best practices, techniques, common mistakes to avoid, and how to best prepare to mediate. In this teleseminar, Zena Zumeta and Earlene Baggett-Hayes will present: How Mediators Prepare for Mediation . This will be directed to mediators and beneficial to advocates as well. This is the second in a series of three informative teleseminars on mediation and arbitration. Additional teleseminars will take place on March 7 and May 21. Register : online or by mail form Cost: ADR Section Members, $10; Members of the Young Lawyers, Family Law, and Probate & Estate Planning Sections, $10; Law Students, $10; and all other registrants, $40 Our Panel Our Moderator: Michael S. Leib  is a mediator with Leib ADR LLC in West Bloomfield, and devotes his time to the mediation of business disputes including bankruptcy disputes and participation on the ADR Section Council, as well as on the Debtor Creditor Committee of the Business Law Section. He has been an active participant in trial skills education, having written several articles and been a faculty member of ICLE Trial Skills workshops, Federal Bar Association presentations, and ABI workshops. Mr. Leib retired as a business trial lawyer in 2014 after many years as a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, PC. His practice was divided between litigation in the bankruptcy court and business litigation in the state and federal courts. Mr. Leib has been listed in  The Best Lawyers in America  and  SuperLawyers , and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his BA from Kalamazoo College, his MM from the University of Montana, and his JD from Wayne State University Law School. Earlene Baggett-Hayes is an attorney who has focused on dispute resolution for over 20 years. She serves as a mediator, arbitrator, fact finder, and trainer. She serves as a neutral on numerous public and private panels across the nation, including the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, American Arbitration Association, National Mediation Board, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Association. Earlene has developed and facilitated over 20 training programs related to the area of ADR. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Michigan and Illinois. Her practice also includes work in criminal, domestic relations, probate, and property law. Earlene has been recognized nationally and locally for her work. She was recently inducted into the International Academy of Mediators. Earlene received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in 2018. A native Chicagoan, Earlene is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she received a JD degree and a BA degree in political science. She also received an MA degree in public administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Earlene is the founder and owner of the Law and Mediation Center in Pontiac. Internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators, Zena D. Zumeta is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor. She received her juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Zumeta is a former board member and president of the Academy of Family Mediators (now merged into the Association for Conflict Resolution), past president of the Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation, and past regional vice president of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She is a past member of the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Magazine . She is a past president of the WLAM—Washtenaw Region. Ms. Zumeta has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator, and consultant. She has been providing mediation services since 1981. She is an approved civil and family mediator in Michigan, and an approved mediation trainer for Michigan and many other states. She has taught at Hamline University School of Law, and is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Cooley Law School. #ConferenceorSeminar #Teleconference

  • ADR Section: Preparing for Your First Arbitration: A Primer Teleseminar

    May 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    The ADR Section is pleased to invite you to attend the last in a series of informative teleseminars on the fundamentals of mediation and arbitration. Three experienced arbitrators— Betty Widgeon, Marty Weisman, and Sam McCargo —discuss best practices for advocates to improve their skills in arbitrating civil, domestic, and probate disputes. Join them in this informative and engaging 90-minute teleseminar and receive concrete tools for sharpening and enhancing your arbitration hearing skills. Bonus topics include customizing opening and closing statements, preparing witnesses for the hearing, and drafting compelling briefs. Register: online or by mail form PDF Cost:  ADR Section Members—$10; Members of the Young Lawyers, Family Law, and Probate & Estate Planning Sections—$10; Law Students—$10; All Other Registrants—$40 Our Panel Our Moderator: Michael S. Leib is a mediator with Leib ADR LLC in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and devotes his time to the mediation of business disputes including bankruptcy disputes and participation on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan, as well as on the Debtor Creditor Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He has been an active participant in trial skills education, having written several articles and been a faculty member of ICLE Trial Skills workshops, Federal Bar Association presentations, and ABI workshops. Mr. Leib retired as a business trial lawyer in 2014 after many years as a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, PC. His practice was divided between litigation in the bankruptcy court and business litigation in the state and federal courts. Mr. Leib has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his BA from Kalamazoo College and his MM from the University of Montana, and his JD from Wayne State University Law School. Sam McCargo is a senior attorney and member of the litigation group of Lewis & Munday, PC. Prior to his affiliation with Lewis & Munday, PC, he was employed by The Wellness Plan for eight years where he served as vice president of business development & marketing; vice president of plan administration; and associate general counsel. McCargo provided legal counsel, advice and representation in areas of labor & employment, provider contracting, government relations, and commercial business. McCargo was also a senior shareholder at Kirk McCargo, PC in Detroit for over 12 years, and was responsible for all internal firm trial skills training. He has focused on defense litigation in labor & employment, personal injury, product liability, governmental immunity, and premises liability. McCargo has served the State Bar of Michigan in various capacities, including a four-year term as commissioner. He has also served as a state hearing officer in its Public Health and Civil Service departments. An author and lecturer, McCargo regularly conducts seminars on trial practice, professional ethics, labor and employment, and sexual harassment in the public and private sectors. Martin Weisman has served as a neutral and party appointed arbitrator, mediator, and/or case evaluator in numerous commercial matters where claims were in the millions of dollars. These have included claims for breaches of many different types of contracts, shareholders and/or partnership break-ups and/or oppression matters, fraudulent dealings, attorney and accounting malpractice, security disputes, purchase and sale disputes, commissions, real estate, construction, employment, automobile dealership and supplier issues, and merger and acquisition issues. These have been court and/or party appointed positions as well as AAA and/or PREMi matters. He has been named a Michigan Top Lawyer by dBusiness magazine each year since 2009, a Michigan Super Lawyer by Michigan Super Lawyers each year since 2007, a Martindale-Hubbe;; Preeminent and AV rated attorney, and served as the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan for 2014-2015 after serving on its council for seven years. Within the last year alone, Martin Weisman served as the sole arbitrator in a $108,000,000 employment case and as member of the three-person arbitration panel for a $58,000,000 Medicare fraud matter. Martin Weisman has been designated as a mediator and as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association’s complex commercial panels. Martin Weisman has also served extensively as an ADR trainer, lecturer and author. Betty R. Widgeon is a retired Michigan district court judge. She is the founder and president of Widgeon Dispute Resolution, PLC, which specializes in arbitration, mediation, fact-finding, and consulting, focusing specifically on labor, employment, and consumer cases. Judge Widgeon occasionally substitutes as a visiting judge in Michigan district and circuit courts. She also serves as a member of the Special Master Hearing Officers’ Roster for the Michigan Supreme Court. She has over 25 years of experience resolving civil and criminal disputes. Her practice is now national in scope and covers a wide variety of issues and industries. Judge Widgeon is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. #ConferenceorSeminar #Teleconference

  • ADR Section: Mediating in Diverse & Minority Communities

    Jun 12, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Registration Coming Soon Join us in Detroit 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! Moderators Phyllis Crocker , Detroit Mercy Law School 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 Angie Iglisia Martell , Iglesia Martell Law Firm PLLC, Ann Arbor Ric Roane , Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids Betty R. Widgeon , Widgeon Dispute Resolution PLC, Ann Arbor Earlene R. Baggett-Hayes , The Law & Mediation Center PLLC, Pontiac Richard L. Hurford , Richard Hurford Dispute Resolution Services, Troy Paul Monicatti , Mediator/Arbitrator, Troy Michael S. Leib , Leib ADR, Bloomfield Hills Antoinette R. Raheem, Law & Mediation Offices of Antoinette R. Raheem PC, Bloomfield Hills #ConferenceorSeminar
    Detroit, MI, United States

  • ADR Section: Mediating in Diverse & Minority Communities

    Jun 13, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Registration Coming Soon 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! 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 Iglisia 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 #ConferenceorSeminar
    Grand Rapids, MI, United States