Section Events


  • ADR Teleseminar: The Dirty Dozen: Mistakes in Construction Mediation

    Apr 26, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    Cost: $10 for ADR Section members, Real Property Law Section members, and Law Students; $40 for all other registrants. Register: online or by mail form PDF Registration deadline is April 23, 2018 Two respected construction law practitioners share their views on the most common errors even the best practitioners make when mediating disputes. Between them, our presenters have handled more than 500 cases! If you handle construction disputes—or wish to do so—the insights provided through this program will elevate your practice and help you get the most out of the mediation process every time. About Our Speakers Marty Burnstein is a construction lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator with more than 45 years experience. He represents commercial property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of all sizes. Marty has been a sole practitioner since 1995. Marty has taught and lectured in the area of construction liens and payment bonds for the Construction Association of Michigan and other industry trade organizations. Marty has served as the chair and vice chair of the ADR committee of the Oakland County Bar Association. He continues to serve on the Oakland County Business Court’s Advisory Committee. Marty has been consistently recognized by his peers in the following: Best Lawyers in America , Construction Law DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyers, Construction Law Michigan Super Lawyers , Construction Law AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Ronald A. Deneweth is president of the Troy law firm of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt PC, where his practice is concentrated in the area of commercial law, handling considerable matters in the construction and surety area. He received his B.S. in economics from John Carroll University and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. He is a member of the Michigan Surety Association and has been both a lecturer and legal counsel for the association. He is also a member of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan. He is a frequent lecturer on the construction industry for the Michigan Association of CPAs, the National Business Institute, the American Subcontractors Association, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Lorman Education Seminars, and is an adjunct professor of construction law at Michigan State University Law School. He has been recognized as one of the top 100 Michigan lawyers across all areas of practice and one of the top practitioners in construction and surety law. Michigan Super Lawyers , Construction/Surety; Michigan Super Lawyers , Top 100 in All Practice Areas; Crain’s Detroit Business , Top Construction Lawyers; America’s Best Lawyers ; Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating since 1986; DBusiness Magazine , Top Lawyers. Our Moderator Michael S. Leib is an active member of the ADR Section and serves on its Council. He has presented in several mediation seminars, blending his mediation skills and trial skills. He retired as a business trial lawyer in 2014 after many years as a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, PC. He was a Best Lawyer , Super Lawyer , and AV rated. His practice was divided between litigation in the bankruptcy court and business litigation in the state and federal courts. Mr. Leib devotes his time to the mediation of business disputes including bankruptcy disputes. #Teleconference

  • ADR Section: Mediator Mixer

    Jun 7, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
    Cosponsored with Grand Rapids Bar Association. Registration coming soon. #NetworkingEvent
    Grand Rapids, MI, United States

  • ADR Section: Negotiation, Persuasion & High Stakes Decision-Making—What the Research Teaches Us

    Jun 19, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
    Register: online or by mail form PDF Registration deadline is June 14, 2018. There is no onsite registration for this event. This event location may require photo identification. Cost:  SBM ADR Section Members-$75; Non Section Members-$95; Law Students $25; WMU-Cooley Law Students-Free Your registration fee includes lunch on premises and an afterglow reception at the end of the program sponsored by the ADR Section of the State Bar. Attend the Day to Learn: 1. What professionals do that causes conflict and resistance. 2. What communication strategies work in stressful conversations with emotional parties. 3. Why we’re wrong about rapport. 4. Which verbs lead to engagement in high-stakes settings. 5. How mediators help clients get to solutions in mediation. 6. Why every word matters. This training is based on empirical research conducted by Dr. Stokoe and her colleagues. She specializes in the science of talk, studying how people converse and communicate better. In Part 1 of the training, the goal is for mediators to gain insight into communication practices that work to persuade, overcome resistance, and shape decision-making when parties are emotional and where conflict is high at the mediation table. Her recommendations are research based, not “gut” instinct. In Part 2, the program emphasizes solution focused questions and their role in bringing about agreement. Learn the specific words that research proves help achieve solutions; and those which simply do not work except to add to stress and emotionality. Dr. Elizabeth Stokoe, Ph.D. is a professor of social interaction in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, United Kingdom. She uses conversation analysis to understand how talk works—from first dates to police interrogations; from medical communication to hostage negotiation; from agreeing to try mediation to learning about each other. An exciting and accomplished speaker and TED Talk presenter, she has published over 100 scholarly articles and books, including a popular science book that will be published at the end of 2018, Talk: The Science of Conversation. Outside the university she runs workshops with doctors, mediators, sales people, police, and other professionals using her research-based communication training method called the “Conversation Analytic Role-Play Method.” She is one of 13 WIRED 2015 Innovation Fellows; has given TED, New Scientist, Google and Royal Institution lectures, and her research and biography were featured on BBC Radio 4’s Life Scientific. #ConferenceorSeminar #EventInfo
    Auburn Hills, MI, United States

  • ADR Section: Mediator Lunch

    Sep 21, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    The Marquette County Bar Association and the ADR Section are cosponsoring a lunch for mediators and other ADR practitioners. The lunch will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018, in the Sample Room of the Vierling Restaurant, 119 South Front St, Marquette, MI 49855. Attendees can purchase lunch from the Vierling menu at their own expense. There will be round table discussions of issues that face mediators. Among the topics to be discussed are: How mediators advise attorneys and their clients on how the attorneys and clients should assist/behave during the mediation process. How should the mediator handle the domestic violence screening inventory? Should mediators act as scriveners to draft settlement agreements? An update on mediation rule changes, including automatic ADR. Safety in mediation and defusing high tension situations. New language for agreements to mediate - safety, timing of mediation, confidentiality, and reporting of bad conduct. How to draft a final and binding bulletproof mediated settlement agreement. Registration is required and space is limited. For further information and registration, contact Thomas L. Solka (ret. Circuit Court) at tsolka67@gmail.com . #NetworkingEvent
    Marquette, MI, United States

  • ADR Section: Teleseminar on Mediator Ethics

    Oct 3, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
    Save the date! #Teleconference

  • ADR Section: Annual Meeting & ADR Conference

    Oct 12 - 13, (ET)
    Save the date! #AnnualMeeting #ConferenceorSeminar
    Traverse City, MI, United States