ADR Section: Teleseminar on Mediator Ethics

When:  Oct 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET)
Register: online or by mail/fax form PDF
Registration deadline: September 28, 2018
Cost: ADR Section Members $10; Free for Sitting Judges; All Other Registrants $40

Mediator Ethics: Effective Practices Under the Standards of Conduct
In today’s litigation environment, it is not enough to be a mediator who knows how to help parties reach settlement agreements. Today’s mediator must understand and adhere to Standards of Conduct adopted by the State Court Administrative Office in 2013. Failure to do so could result in removal from local court lists and could stain a good name and reputation within the bench and bar—in other words, your market. As if that were not enough, it may also trigger the authority of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. Don’t run afoul of the Standards. There is no conflict between ethical and effective mediation practices. A panel of experienced professionals will help you think through and avoid the pitfalls that can entrap even the best ADR providers.

Topics to be covered.
  • Disclosures & truthfulness
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Safety & security
  • Legal advice prohibitions
  • Duty to withdraw
  • Maintaining a quality process
  • Advertising & solicitation
  • And more!
Brinkmeyer_web.jpgScott Brinkmeyer has more than four decades of experience as a trial lawyer in defense and plaintiffs’ lawsuits in both state and federal courts throughout Michigan. He is a member of the National Panel of Civil Neutrals of the AAA, and a SCAO-approved mediator in various circuits. His extensive trial experience in wide variety of cases involving commercial, environmental, insurance, real estate, tort, product liability, and other claims has been particularly beneficial in arbitrating and mediating complex cases in Michigan and throughout the country. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan and the Western District Federal Bar Association, he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the ADR Section Council.

Campbell_w.jpgDonald D. Campbell concentrates his practice in attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters, and legal malpractice defense. In addition to his law practice, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law teaching ethics and criminal law since 2002. He also teaches a corporate law and ethics seminar. He served 10 years as an associate counsel for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, and four years as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County before joining the firm in 2003.

John HohmanJohn A. Hohman Jr. started practicing law in 1981, was appointed to the bench in 1997, and served as a Monroe County probate and family judge for 17 years. In 2013 the Michigan Supreme Court appointed him state court administrator. He founded Hohman ADR in 2015. He was president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association in 2008-2009, and was the chair of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Michigan in 2010-2011. In 2008, he received the Michigan Judge of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates. He was named the Jurist of the Year in 2013 by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board.

Alecia RuswinckelAlecia M. Ruswinckel is professional standards assistant counsel with the State Bar of Michigan where she provides legal support to the Professional Standards Division. This includes managing the Client Protection Fund and providing education, information, support, and guidance in the area of ethics to attorneys throughout Michigan primarily through answering the Bar's ethics helpline. She is staff liaison to the Client Protection Fund Standing Committee, Professional Ethics Committee, and Judicial Ethics Committee. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and her juris doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, where she was the symposium editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review

Additional Information
  • Information on how to access the dial-in instructions will be provided on your seminar confirmation.
  • Registrants will be able to access electronic materials in the event library two days before the seminar.


Dial-in Instructions:
Dial-in instructions will be on your confirmation email.