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2020 Section Chair Betty Widgeon moderated the panel  "I'm a Neutral - So, Why Don't you Trust Me?" The Section awarded its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award to Chief Justice Bridget McCormack Panelists Dale Ann Iverson, Kathy Bogus, Andrew Malec and Nakisha Chaney discuss "Effective Reality Testing of Economic Damages" Panelists Fred Dilley (not pictured),Scott Brinkmeyer, (Bob Wright, meeting host), Steve Drew, and Pam Enslen discuss mediation challenges from a Western Michigan perspective
2020 Section Chair Betty Widgeon moderated the panel "I'm a Neutral - So, Why Don't you Trust Me?" The Section awarded its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award to Chief Justice Bridget McCormack Panelists Dale Ann Iverson, Kathy Bogus, Andrew Malec and Nakisha Chaney discuss "Effective Reality Testing of Economic Damages" Panelists Fred Dilley (not pictured),Scott Brinkmeyer, (Bob Wright, meeting host), Steve Drew, and Pam Enslen discuss mediation challenges from a Western Michigan perspective

  • ADR Section: How to Be an Effective Mediation Advocate

    Feb 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    Mediation is likely to be the closest your client gets to having their day in court. Are you ready for it? Please join the panelists in an interactive discussion of effective mediation advocacy skills and strategies, including mediator selection, preparing clients for mediation, overcoming hurdles to settlement, effective written mediation practices, and developing a negotiation strategy. If you're going anywhere near a mediation, this program, co-sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Young Lawyers Section, is not to be missed! Cost: Free Register online Panel:  Scott S. Brinkmeyer, Law Office of Scott S. Brinkmeyer Sheldon J. Stark, Mediator and Arbitrator Moderator:  Nakisha Chaney, Salvatore Prescott Porter & Porter   Scott S. Brinkmeyer Scott is the immediate past chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals. Since 2004, he has been a member of the National Panel of Civil Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, and a SCAO-approved facilitative mediator listed for appointment in numerous state circuit courts. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan, he was also president of the Western District of Michigan Federal Bar Association, and chair of the State Bar Representative Assembly. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers , Super Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, and has a Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV preeminent. Specializing as a civil trial lawyer since joining Mika Meyers in 1975, Scott has represented national corporations, small and medium sized businesses, and individuals as lead counsel for both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of civil litigation lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. His broad experience as an advocate, case manager, and negotiator has transitioned well into his ADR practice. Over the past 16 years, Scott has chaired three-member arbitration panels, served as the sole arbitrator, and as a facilitative mediator, in scores of complex matters involving business and commercial disputes, breach of contract, partnership dissolutions, environmental claims, employment discharge and discrimination, fraud, varied real estate issues, franchises, tort and product liability, and many others, arising both in Michigan and across the country. He retired from Mika Meyers in 2018 to open the Law Office of Scott S. Brinkmeyer, focusing his practice on arbitration and mediation.   Nakisha N. Chaney Nakisha Chaney is a partner at Salvatore Prescott Porter and Porter where she concentrates on civil rights, employment litigation, workplace investigations, and mediation. A member of the State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Nakisha has represented a number of clients in mediation, and she serves as a mediator for the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center. Nakisha has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the National Black Lawyers Top 100. In 2018, she received the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Martin L. King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Award, and, in 2020, Nakisha, along with co-counsel, were named as finalists for the prestigious Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.   Sheldon J. Stark Sheldon J. Stark is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators and an Employment Law Panelist for the American Arbitration Association. He is also a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi). He is past chair of the council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar and formerly chaired the Skills Action Team. Mr. Stark was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law from August 2010 through May 2012, when he stepped down to focus on his ADR practice. He is the recipient of the Labor and Employment Law Section's Distinguished Service Award and the State Bar Representative Assembly's Michael Franck Award. #Webinar #PanelDiscussion

  • ADR Summit, March 9-10, 1- 5 p.m.

    Mar 9 - 10, (ET)
    We are pleased to announce that Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., of the High Conflict Institute will present at the 2021 annual ADR Summit, which will be held virtually over two days, March 9 and 10, 2021 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eight advanced mediation training credits will be offered. Eddy is a best-selling author, therapist, mediator, and lawyer and co-founder and pioneer of the High-Conflict Institute.    High conflict mediation requires a different approach . The Institute's methods and training provide a paradigm shift for mediating with those clients and counsel who are not responsive to ordinary mediation methods and focuses on an overall structured approach for high conflict mediation which incorporates these paradigm shifts. What helps is to do the opposite of what we do in traditional mediation (using approaches that work with most people). Their high conflict mediation training provides a new way to enhance your existing mediation skills with paradigm shifts that seem to bring more success when there are one or more high-conflict people involved. You’ll learn how to understand and manage high conflict behavior during mediation and in developing agreements which are sustainable long afterward.  Registration and event information coming soon.

  • American Indian Law Section and ADR Section--ADR Diversity Virtual Lunch

    Mar 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
    The State Bar of Michigan American Indian Law Section and the ADR Section's Diversity and Inclusion Action Team are co-sponsoring a virtual Diversity Lunch for mediators, arbitrators, other ADR practitioners, and members of the American Indian Law Section. There will be round table discussions of issues that face mediators, arbitrators, and other neutrals. Among the topics to be discussed are: • How can we increase sensitivity and awareness to diversity issues among mediators, arbitrators, and other neutrals? • What can ADR providers learn from Tribal communities and court systems, and principles of peacemaking and restorative justice? • What are the particular cultural interests that affect American Indian and Alaskan Native communities that ADR providers should consider? • How do we increase the diversity of mediators, arbitrators, and other ADR providers? • What is implicit bias and what can we do about it? Moderators: Lee Hornberger (State Bar of Michigan, ADR Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair) . Lee is a former Chair of the ADR Section and has received the ADR Section’s George N. Bashara, Jr. Award. He is a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC, and a Diplomate Member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Amy Wesaw (AILS Chair) . Amy is an MSU College of Law graduate with Indigenous Law and Child and Family Advocacy certificates. She currently serves as in-house counsel for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. She is also the secretary for Anishinaabe Circle, a Grand Rapids urban Indian community outreach organization. She is a proud citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the mother of two extraordinary children. Shawntane Williams (State Bar of Michigan, ADR Council Member and Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair) . Shawntane is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School. She is currently in private practice where she represents businesses and employers in Labor & Employment Law, Business Law, and ADR matters. She is also a Mediator. Registration Link   https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuf-upqD8qHNNXvPSD5PsFjS70NqZouO3i For further information, contact Amy Wesaw at Amy.wesaw@nhbp-nsn.gov or 269-635-3531 or Shawntane Williams at sw@williamspllc.com or (248) 436-2667. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please keep this information handy.

  • Effective Mediator Techniques: A Panel Discussion

    Apr 6, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    Registration and Details Coming Soon.

  • How to Become a Successful Arbitrator or Mediator in a World of Diversity & Inclusion Webinar

    Apr 21, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
    Date: Wednesday, April 21 Time: Noon Cost: No Admission Charge Register A panel of experienced arbitrators and mediators will provide advice and information on how you can become a successful alternative dispute resolution provider. The panel will discuss important subjects such as how to start out and then succeed in the ADR profession. Why and how did the panel members enter the ADR profession? How can diversity and inclusion become a reality?What worked for the panel members in becoming successful ADR practitioners? What did not work for them? What are the lessons they have learned and the mistakes they have made? What is networking and how can you network to help you successfully attain your goals? The objective of this webinar is to help you become the ADR professional that you want to be and deserve to be. The moderator will be Antoinette Raheem . Toni is a former chair of the ADR Section and has received the ADR Section’s Distinguished Service Award. She is co-chair of the Federal Bar Pro Bono Program Mediation Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan. She is a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC. Panel members: Earlene Baggett-Hayes . Earlene has received the ADR Section’s Distinguished Service Award, Sojourner Truth Civil Rights Award, Woman of Excellence Award, American Business Women’s Professionalism Award, Leon Hubbard Community Service Award, and the Business Women’s Professionalism Award. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Arbitrators, a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC. Lee Hornberger . Lee is a former Chair of the ADR Section and has received the ADR Section’s George N. Bashara, Jr. Award. He is a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC, and a Diplomate Member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.   E.R. Scales . E. R. is an attorney, arbitrator, and human resources, labor relations, and benefits consultant. He has been on the labor panel of the American Arbitration Association since 1989, the FMCS panel since 2007, and serves on several other arbitration panels. He is a past president of both the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators and the Michigan Negotiators Association. He has taught arbitration, labor relations, and contract administration at Wayne State University School of Business. For further information, contact Mary Anne Parks at parks.maryanne@gmail.com . #Webinar