SBM Alternative Dispute Resolution Section to host June seminars

The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Section will host two seminars in June called “Mediating in Diverse and Minority Communities.” The first seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 12 at the University of Detroit Mercy, located at 651 East Jefferson Ave. The second seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 13 at the Eberhard Center, located at 301 Fulton St. in Grand Rapids. 

The keynote presenter at both sessions is Carol L. Izumi, a University of California Hastings College of Law professor and an internationally known dispute resolution scholar, trainer, and practitioner.

“This is a rare opportunity to join Professor Izumi and Michigan experts in raising the quality of the mediation process for everyone who hires us no matter their background or culture,” said seminar organizer Shel Stark.

Both seminars will include the following sessions: “Providing a Fair, Unbiased and Neutral Mediation Process: Lessons from Social Science Research and Practice,” “General Recommendations for Mediators When Engaged in Mediating in Minority and Culturally Diverse Communities,” “What Every Mediator Should Know About Mediating in Minority and Culturally Diverse Communities,” and “Mediator Techniques: Tools for Mediating in Specific Minority and Cross Cultural Communities.”

Panel discussion participants include Shereef H. Akeel, Angie Martell, and Ric Roane (both sessions); Earlene R. Baggett-Hayes, Richard L. Hurford, Paul Monicatti, Michael S. Leib, Antoinette R. Raheem, and Betty R. Widgeon (Detroit only); and Stephen R. Drew, Pamela C. Enslen, Christine P. Gilman, William W. Jack Jr., and Elizabeth Reyes-Rosario (Grand Rapids only).

The State Court Administrative Office has approved both seminars as four hours of advanced mediation training. The seminars each cost $75 for ADR Section members, $100 for non-section members, and $45 for law students. To register online or download a copy of the mail-in registration form, visit For more information, contact Michael Leib at or (248) 563-2500.