Johannessen tribute set for April 22 by mediation council

The Family Mediation Council - Michigan announces "Mediation: A Love Story - A Tribute in Honor of Barbara Johannessen" to be held on Thursday, April 22, at the Peking House in Royal Oak beginning at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers and drinks followed by a dinner and Tribute Roast.

Johannessen is an attorney from Rochester Hills who is known nationally for her many contributions to dispute resolution generally and to family mediation specifically.

Emcee is Carrie Cole and comedian Lynn Liberato will appear. Dress is casual.

Johannessen is a SCAO approved domestic relations mediator and trainer for general civil mediation, qualified under Michigan state law and serves as an Arbitrator for the FINRA (formerly National Association of Securities Dealers and NYSE).

She is a mediator for the U.S. Postal Service (U.S.P.S.), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Michigan Department of Career Development - Rehabilitation Services.

She serves as adjunct instructor at Wayne State University and University of Detroit - Mercy School of Law.

In September of 2009 Johannessen was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

She served as 2006 chair of the ADR Section of the Michigan Bar and as Chair and contributor to a number of its committees, activities and its long-range planning taskforce.

In addition to her many Michigan services, she is a major contributor to the Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Institute (ANDRI) programs.

Contact Nina Abrams at or 248-932-3540 ext 337 for answers to questions about the event.

Tribute ads or "warm wishes" can be purchased in advance by sending art or information to Carole Church at

The Family Mediation Council - Michigan is a non-profit organization that fosters use of facilitative mediation in domestic relations cases.

Members are from throughout Michigan and include attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals.

FMC-M now offers new membership categories to provide more opportunities for people who are involved with or support family ADR practices.

The new FMC-M Web site lists the categories and details membership benefits.

Published: Thu, Apr 15, 2010