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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

Request for Proposals for ADR Section's 2019 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. If you would like to be a presenter or provide a training segment at the ADR Conference, please submit your suggestions to me by email ( by February 15, 2019.

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 (i.e. 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-takeaways, what skills will be improved by the content of the presentation.
6. Required resources (projector, flip chart, etc.)
7. Anticipated materials to be provided.

Proposals are due by February 15, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Michael S. Leib
Skills Action Team Chair
(248) 563-2500

Save the Date: 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

We are pleased that Dwight Golann, a nationally renowned mediator, prize-winning author, and speaker will present. The presentation will feature topics that will enrich your practice and be led in a highly interactive style allowing you to learn and experiment.

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