Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Partnership

About the Partnership

The Young Lawyers Section and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section have agreed to collaborate by creating a program to mentor, coach, and advise YLS members on a volunteer basis, and to provide assistance to those who have questions or concerns about the ADR process. The ADR Section has created a web page which provide the names of experienced alternative dispute resolution practitioners to answer urgent questions about mediation and arbitration YLS members might have. This resource is specifically limited to members of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan. There will be no charge for this service.

Click here to visit the ADR Section web page

Through this program, young lawyers trying to determine how to best represent their client may contact volunteer experienced ADR practitioners and ask questions such as:

  • How to select a mediator?
  • What considerations go into selecting a mediator?
  • How to prepare a client for the process?
  • What is likely to happen in a mediation?
  • How mediation advocacy differs from traditional zealous advocacy?
  • How to strategize and plan for negotiations at the mediation table?
  • How to draft a mediation statement?
  • How should an attorney conduct himself or herself in a mediation?
  • How to draft a settlement agreement?
  • How to demand an arbitration?
  • How to respond to an arbitration demand?
  • How is an arbitration is conducted?
  • How to prepare an arbitration statement?
  • How to find good arbitrators?

Questions: Please contact Michael S. Leib, chair, Section to Section Team, ADR Section,, or call (248) 563-2500.