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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

White Paper on Automatic Mediation

Prepared for the ADR Section Council’s Task Force by Mary A. Bedikian—Updated February 15, 2017

The purpose of this white paper is to consider whether Michigan should adopt an automatic mediation process for civil disputes in circuit courts. Court-rule based voluntary ADR programs, which include traditional facilitative mediation, often report low utilization rates. To improve usage and also to increase satisfaction levels among litigants earlier in the litigation life cycle, numerous states revised their court rules to compel one or several forms of ADR. Read More

Let Litigants Know that MEDIATION Really Works!

Share this helpful guide to mediation statistics and insights.
Bench Guide to Mediation PDF

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Full Council Meetings

  • Friday, December 8, 2017
  • Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Friday, October 12, 2018

Executive Committee Teleconferences

  • Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018

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Section Announcements

  • Request for Proposals for ADR Section's 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference-Traverse City

    On October 12 and 13, 2018, the ADR Section will host its Annual Meeting
    and ADR Conference at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. The ADR
    Conference will include up to 8 hours of advanced mediation training
    featuring Michigan practitioners and experts. If you would like to be a
    presenter or provide a training segment at the meeting, please submit your
    suggestions to me by email (address below) by February 15, 2018.

    Topics may cover any aspect of ADR practice from mediation to arbitration,
    from case evaluation to summary jury trial. Your segment may be an update,
    a demonstration, a technique presentation, practice management topic, a
    skill-building exercise, a set of ethical challenges, or any other matter
    you believe would be of interest to your fellow Section members.

    Proposals should include:

    1.  Nature of your topic including proposed agenda (bullet points)

    2.  Name(s) of speaker(s)

    3.  Amount of time you wish to allocate to your segment (45 to 90 minutes)

    4.  Whether your segment will be a presentation, an interactive exercise,
    group discussion or other format

    5.  Learning objectives

    6.  Resources required (projector, flip chart, etc.)

    We look forward to receiving your proposal!

    Best Regards,

    Skills Action Team
    SBM ADR Section