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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

2020 ADR Conference, Annual Meeting, and Section Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans for this year's annual meeting and conference scheduled for October 16 and 17, must be changed substantially. The event will be conducted "virtually" on the same dates. Read more information.

Website & Listserv Posting Policy

The ADR Section has recently established policy guidelines for the administration of the Section website and listserv to provide for the efficient approval and posting of materials. Read the Policy PDF

2020 ADR Section Award Winners

The ADR Section is proud to announce that the following individuals are the recipients of the ADR Section's major awards in 2020. The award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 16 as part of the ADR Annual Conference. Read press release.

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Full Council Meetings

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020
  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Friday, January 8, 2021
  • Friday, March 5, 2021
  • Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Friday, July 9, 2021
  • Friday, September 10, 2021
  • (Annual Meeting) Saturday, October 9, 2021
    Courtyard by Marriott

Executive Committee Teleconferences

  • Friday, November 6, 2020 (Brief, 45-min meeting)
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Friday, June 4, 2021
  • Friday, August 6, 2021

All meetings convene at 8:30 a.m. on Friday mornings. Meetings will be by ZOOM until further notice. Please contact Mary Anne Parks at for more information or questions.

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