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Mission


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;
  3. Promoting diversity and inclusion in the training, development, and selection of ADR providers and encouraging the elimination of mediator bias; and,
  4. Advancing the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in our courts, government, businesses, and communities.

Who We Are


The ADR Section is made up of individuals interested in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and improving the climate in Michigan for mediation, arbitration, and other forms of ADR. We include lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers. Joining the ADR Section places you in the forefront of a movement dedicated to providing better representation of the public through improvement of ADR practices and techniques.

Why You Should Join the ADR Section


Network and learn from top practitioners:

  • Statewide networking events and outstanding training and skill building opportunities
  • Regional mediator forums—where mediators share and learn from each other
  • Annual Meeting—offering 8 hours of SCAO-approved advanced mediator training from Michigan talent.
  • Annual Spring ADR Summit—offering an additional 8 hours of SCAO-approved advanced mediator training to showcase the finest national trainers available
  • 4 Lunch and learn teleconferences per year
  • Discounts on first class CLE, advanced mediator training programs and publications

Obtain critical resources to enhance your practice:

  • Receive The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal, a cogent and insightful periodical with practice tips, news, and thoughtful articles on all things ADR.
  • Participate in SBM Connect, an online forum that brings you news and information, answers tough practice management questions, encourages enlightening exchanges, offers access to ADR leader blogs, and gives notice of upcoming member events.
  • Access the ADR Section resource library and prior teleseminar materials, including model forms and settlement clauses.
  • Quarterly 90 minute telephone seminars on timely topics.

Annual Dues only $40. Section Application PDF

Save the Date: Annual Meeting & ADR Conference


On October 11 and 12, 2019, the ADR Section will host its Annual Meeting and ADR Conference at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. The ADR Annual Conference will include up to 8 hours of advanced mediation training featuring Michigan practitioners and experts. Details.

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Full Council Meetings

  • Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Friday, June 12, 2020
  • Friday, August 14, 2020
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020

    All meetings convene at 9:30 a.m., on Friday mornings at the SBM building in Lansing.

Executive Committee Teleconferences

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Friday, July 10, 2020
  • Friday, September 18, 2020

    All meetings convene at 8:30 am

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