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Mission


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

Annual Meeting & ADR Conference


Dates: October 12–13, 2018
Location: Park Place Hotel, 300 E State St, Traverse City

Register: online or by mail form
Registration deadline: October 8, 2018

Pricing: Annual Meeting ONLY—Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30–9:00 a.m.
(Does not include conferences or banquet)—FREE

Family Mediation Module—Friday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.–Noon (includes lunch)
Family Mediation Module Attendee—$60; Law/Graduate Students—$30; Sitting Judges/Conference Presenters—FREE*

ADR Section Conference—Friday, Oct. 12, Noon–5:30 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
ADR Section Conference Attendee—$150; Law/Graduate Students—$75; Sitting Judges/Conference Presenters—FREE*

*Registration fee for sitting judges is waived. You must register by mail and must pay for your dinner if you are attending Friday night’s award ceremony.

Awards Banquet—$50

Conference Program

Would you like to sponsor this event? Sponsor registration: online or mail form PDF


Please join us for an exciting learning and networking event! Attend the Section’s 2018 Annual Meeting and ADR Conference, featuring 11 hours of advanced mediation training. Choose from an assortment of hot topics, case law, and research updates. Engage in skill-building exercises. Discover what’s new. Add fresh skills to improve your current array of techniques. If your practice is in family law, add an optional program of domestic relations mediation topics. Network with your friends and colleagues, all in one convenient weekend!

We also invite you to attend the section cocktail reception and awards banquet on Friday night. Enjoy good food, good conversation, and good cheer as we honor our colleagues who have made especially strong contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Approved for 11 hours of Advanced Mediator Training by SCAO.


Hotel Information

The Park Place Hotel has reduced rates for our Section, based on availability, on reservations made by September 11, 2018. You can contact the Park Place Hotel at (231) 946-5000 and mention “State Bar of Michigan.” Neither the hotel’s website nor its toll-free number has access to this group information. You must call to reserve at a discount.

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