Council Information

Full Council Meetings

All meetings convene at 8:30 a.m. on Friday mornings. All meetings are being held virtually, via the ZOOM platform, until further notice. Please contact Mary Anne Parks at for more information or questions. Council meetings are open to Section members and affiliates. The majority of the work of the Section is performed in Action Teams which meet by teleconference periodically. Action Teams report to the Executive Committee and to the full Council.

Dates (conference call available, check your e-mail for passcode)
Friday, August 9, 2019
Friday, October 11, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
Friday, February 14, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Executive Committee Teleconferences

Held by teleconference at 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month except those months when there are full Council meetings. Call-in information can be found in your meeting e-mail notice.

RSVP to Doreen Dobias at the State Bar at

Friday, September 13, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Friday, January 17, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020


2019–2020: Scott S. Brinkmeyer
2018–2019: William Gilbride
2017–2018: Lee Hornberger
2016–2017: Sheldon J. Stark
2015–2016: Joseph C. Basta
2014–2015: Marty Weisman
2013–2014: Toni Raheem
2012–2013: Robert E. Lee Wright
2011–2012: Dave Baumhart
2010–2011: Donna Craig
2009–2010: Charles Judson
2008–2009: James Vlasic
2007–2008: Tony Braun
2006–2007: Barbara A. Johannessen
2005–2006: Alan Kanter
2004–2005: Richard L. Hurford
2003–2004: Deb Berecz
2002–2003: Jon Kingsepp
2001–2002: Dale Iverson
2000–2001: J. Patrick Martin
1999–2000: Amy J. Glass
1998–1999: Michael P. Coakley
1997–1998: Hon. James M. Alexander
1996–1997: Laurence D. Connor
1995–1996: Benjamin A. Kerner
1994–1995: Mary A. Bedikian
1993–1994: Mark L. McAlpine
1992–1993: Joel H. Schavrien
1991–1992: Harvey W. Berman

Mission Statement

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.

Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan. Affiliate status is open to any individual with an interest in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Statements made on behalf of the Section do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Bar of Michigan.