Section Events

  • Restorative Justice Practices, Tues, Aug 13, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Aug 13, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM (ET)
    Join Belinda Dulin, Executive Director of The Dispute Resolution Center, where they are charting a path in Michigan on the practice of Restorative Justice. Restorative justice is a more empathetic and comprehensive approach to addressing disputes when compared with the traditional justice model. The DRC, in partnership with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor, has implemented a survivor-center process that examines the harmful impact of a crime or wrongdoing and considers what can be done to repair that harm. This cooperative model typically includes trained community members who serve as facilitators in a process that aims to achieve offender accountability, reparation to the survivor, and full participation by all parties impacted by the offense including families, schools, courts and community. $10 Members, $40 Non-Members Law students, sitting judges and CDRC staff and volunteers are free. Contact for more information. Belinda Dulin has been involved with conflict resolution programs since 1998. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution, both from Wayne State University. Prior to becoming involved in community mediation, she worked in the corporate setting assisting with employment disputes. She began her employment with The Dispute Resolution Center 2003 as the Mediation Services Coordinator and assisted in launching the Small Claims Mediation Program and the Domestic Relations Motion Day Program. In 2006, she became the director of mediation services and was responsible for the development and administration various civil and family mediation programs as well as facilitating workshops to various community organizations. In the summer of 2007, Belinda accepted the position of Executive Director and continues to expand the DRC’s services. Under her leadership, The Dispute Resolution Center provides services including mediation, restorative practices and peacemaking to families, schools, courts and community. In 2013, Belinda became a SCAO Approved Mediator Trainer. See our website: Register: adrrp0824

  • ADR Annual Conference

    Sep 20 - 21, (ET)
    2024 Virtual ADR Annual Conference and Annual Meeting September 20-21, 2024 On Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2024, the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host its ADR Conference and Annual Meeting which will continue to be virtual. Our annual awards ceremony will be held in person at a soon to be determined date and location. The schedule will include a Friday morning Family Law mediation program. Our program offers advanced skills building, updates to alternative dispute resolution law, and addresses significant issues that touch on diversity and neutrality for providers. These presentations will challenge you and improve your skills. Up to 11 advanced mediation training credits will be offered. Please join the exceptional presenters at the ADR Conference, attend the Annual Meeting, and help us honor the ADR Section award winners. Annual Conference website

  • ADR Annual Awards Dinner

    Sep 26, 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM (ET)
    ADR Annual Awards Ceremony Thursday, September 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Saint John's Resort, Plymouth Please join us in person and honor the ADR Annual Awards Winners on Thursday, September 26, at Saint John's Resort in Plymouth, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner.

  • American Indian Law and ADR Sections Peacemaking Circle Demonstration, Oct.16

    Oct 16, 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    American Indian Law and ADR Sections Peacemaking Circle Demonstration Wednesday, October 16, 2024, Noon - 3:00 p.m. State Bar of Michigan, Lansing No Cost to Attend/Lunch Provided In-Person and via Zoom Agenda: 11:30 a.m. - Noon - Mingle/lunch Noon -12:10 p.m. - Introductions 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Interactive Peacekeeping Circle Facilitation 2:30 p.m. - Q&A RSVP for In Person Only: Location: State Bar of Michigan, Room Two 301 W. Townsend St. Lansing, MI 48933 The State Bar of Michigan American Indian Law Section and the ADR Section's Diversity and Inclusion Action Team are pleased to offer Part 2 of this dynamic event about Peacemaking Circles, a time-tested model for healing relationships and keeping them healthy. Based on indigenous teaching, the Circle process builds an intentionally safe space to discuss conflict resolution and is a concept that can be appreciated by many alternative dispute practitioners. Part One, held on April 17 covered the history and the origins of peacemaking circles, the ground rules, and the process for peace makers. Part Two, on October 16, will be a hybrid event (virtual and in person), and will include an actual peacemaking circle demonstration in which in-person attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the circle. Our demonstration will be conducted by two highly accomplished Native American circle keepers. Moderator: Stacey L. Rock (American Indian Law Section Chairwoman) Stacey is the Associate General Counsel for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Prior to her current role, she worked at the Pokagon Band Tribal Court for twelve years as Assistant Court Administrator where she was the lead support staff person for the Native Justice program. She is a proud graduate of WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she also interned for the Innocence Project. Stacey has a certificate in mediation and extensive experience in the development and utilization of peacemaking programs. She is a proud citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the mother of two extraordinary young men. Facilitators: Jason Wesaw is Potawatomi (Turtle Clan) and is the Peacemaking Coordinator for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. He believes strongly in utilizing traditional culture to help the community heal, grow, and maintain healthy relationships. The journey of learning has helped him to understand how Circles can be utilized to restore balance in society at large, one small case at a time. JoAnne Cook is an Appellate Court Judge at the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. JoAnne, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians, is from Peshawbestown, Michigan. Her previous professional experience includes one term on Tribal Council (2012-2016) and with Tribal Courts as a Tribal Court Judge for two tribal communities (1994-2011). JoAnne currently serves on the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians Appellate Court as Chief Appellate Judge. She received her Business Administration degree from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. JoAnne was involved in the organization and development of two alternative courts: Peacemaking and Healing to Wellness Court (Drug Court). The alternative courts utilize tradition and culture which allows for healing and restoring balance for those involved. She has begun consulting with native and nonnative communities who are either developing Peacemaking or a Healing to Wellness Court. She believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinaabe way of life and has continued her learning about the 3 Fires people. JoAnne has presented to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa. In addition, she previously taught Business Law for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and a course at NMC Extended Education, titled Native Law and Culture. JoAnne is currently teaching a short course, History of the Anishinaabek for NMC Extended Education.