Council Information

Full Council Meetings

All meetings are held at the State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be available. Please advise of your availability to attend by replying to 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 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

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 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


    2016–2017: Sheldon J. Stark
    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; and
    3. 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.