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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;
  3. Promoting diversity and inclusion in the training, development, and selection of ADR providers and encouraging the elimination of mediator bias; and,
  4. 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

Mediating in Diverse & Minority Communities (June 12 & 13, 2019)

Dates: June 12 & 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
June 12: Detroit Mercy Law, Rm 226, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
June 13: Eberhard Center, 301 Fulton St., Grand Rapids

Registration (Detroit): online or by mail form PDF
Registration (Grand Rapids) 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.

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!

View the dedicated Detroit or Grand Rapids event pages for more information on these events, such as panelists, speaker biographies, and agendas.

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

  • Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • 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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