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The mission of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is to encourage conflict resolution by:

  1. Providing training and education for ADR professionals;
  2. Giving professionals the tools to empower people in conflict to create optimal resolutions; and
  3. Advancing the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in our courts, government, businesses, and communities.

Who We Are

The ADR Section is made up of individuals interested in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and improving the climate in Michigan for mediation, arbitration, and other forms of ADR. We include lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers. Joining the ADR Section places you in the forefront of a movement dedicated to providing better representation of the public through improvement of ADR practices and techniques.

Why You Should Join the ADR Section

Network and learn from top practitioners:

  • Statewide networking events and outstanding training and skill building opportunities
  • Regional mediator forums—where mediators share and learn from each other
  • Annual Meeting—offering 8 hours of SCAO-approved advanced mediator training from Michigan talent.
  • Annual Spring ADR Summit—offering an additional 8 hours of SCAO-approved advanced mediator training to showcase the finest national trainers available
  • 4 Lunch and learn teleconferences per year
  • Discounts on first class CLE, advanced mediator training programs and publications

Obtain critical resources to enhance your practice:

  • Receive The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal, a cogent and insightful periodical with practice tips, news, and thoughtful articles on all things ADR.
  • Participate in SBM Connect, an online forum that brings you news and information, answers tough practice management questions, encourages enlightening exchanges, offers access to ADR leader blogs, and gives notice of upcoming member events.
  • Access the ADR Section resource library and prior teleseminar materials, including model forms and settlement clauses.
  • Quarterly 90 minute telephone seminars on timely topics.

Annual Dues only $40. Section Application PDF

5th Annual ADR Summit (March 19, 2019)


Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: WMU-Cooley Law School, 2630 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills
Registration: online or by mail form PDF
Registration deadline: March 15, 2019

Cost (Includes lunch and a catered reception): ADR Section members $155; Negligence Law, Business Law, and Probate section members $155; non-section members $195; law students $25; and WMU Cooley law students FREE

The ADR Section is pleased to announce that Dwight Golann, a nationally renowned mediator, prize-winning author, and speaker will be our featured presenter at the 2019 Annual ADR Summit, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Dwight Golann is a mediator’s mediator. He trains mediators all over the world. He’s one of the best of the best. His book, “Mediating Legal Disputes: Effective Strategies for Neutrals and Advocates” is a top seller on Amazon. You don’t want to miss this one! Dwight’s presentation will enrich your practice, add effective techniques to your tool kit, and help you assist parties to get the most out of the mediation process.Mediating Legal Disputes Key topics include:

  • Beyond Abstinence: Promoting Safe and Impartial Evaluation in Mediation
  • Merits Barriers: Evaluation and Decision Analysis
  • Grieving Over Settlement: The Role of Loss in Settlement Negotiations
  • Resolving Impasse and Achieving Closure

The presentation will conclude with a networking reception with complimentary beer, wine and appetizers.

This program has been approved for 8 hours of advanced mediator training credit by the State Court Administrative Office.

Save the Date: Annual Meeting & ADR Conference

On October 11 and 12, 2019, the ADR Section will host its Annual Meeting and ADR Conference at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The ADR Annual Conference will include up to 8 hours of advanced mediation training featuring Michigan practitioners and experts. Registration coming soon.

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Full Council Meetings

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  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
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  • Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Friday, October 11, 2019

Executive Committee Teleconferences

  • Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Friday, September 13, 2019

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