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Report of Task Force on Diversity in ADR

The Task Force was convened by the Equal Access Initiative and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. This project provided a unique opportunity for a broad array of voices on the issues of both ADR and diversity to come together, educate, and learn from each other, and envision a world where diverse populations of people can access a diverse spectrum of ADR.

Report of the Task Force 2MB
Appendix B 3.6MB
Appendix C 5.6MB


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 discrimination and bias; and,
  4. Advancing the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in our courts, government, businesses, and communities.
  5. Building and preserving public confidence in ADR.

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:

  • Outstanding training and skill building opportunities
  • Mediator forums—where mediators share and learn from each other
  • Annual Conference—offering over 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
  • Multiple Lunch and Learn webinars per year

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.

Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan. To comply with State Bar of Michigan requirements, lawyer applicants to the ADR Section are called Members and non-lawyer applicants to the ADR Section are called Affiliates. Affiliate status is open to any individual with an interest in the field of dispute resolution.Non-Attorney Affiliate Members must complete this application: Annual Dues only $40. Members must join online at:

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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

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Full Council Meetings

  • Friday, November 3, 2023
  • Friday, January 5, 2024
  • Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Friday, September 6, 2024
  • (Annual Meeting) Saturday, September 21, 2024

Executive Committee Teleconferences

  • Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Thursday, February 2, 2024
  • Friday, April 5, 2024
  • Friday, June 7, 2024
  • Friday, August 2, 2024

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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