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Bill Gilbride, Mike Leib, Dwight Golann
ADR Section Chair Bill Gilbride and
Skills Chair Mike Leib welcome
prize-winning author and renowned
mediator Dwight Golann to the 2019
ADR Summit.

Volunteer coaches prepare with Dwight Golann at the Summit to help attendees enrich their mediation practice.


  • 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 - 1:00 PM (ET)
    Register:  online or by mail form PDF Registration deadline June 7, 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 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! Can't make it on the 12th? We'll be holding this seminar on the 13th in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids details. Agenda PDF 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 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 Speaker bios PDF #ConferenceorSeminar
    Detroit, MI, United States

  • ADR Section: Mediating in Diverse & Minority Communities

    Jun 13, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)
    Register:   online or by mail form PDF Registration deadline June 7, 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. #ConferenceorSeminar
    Grand Rapids, MI, United States