'Mediator Relationships' topic of ADR Section webinar

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present a webinar Tuesday, June 7, noon to 1:30 p.m. on “Mediator Relationships: To Disclose Or Not to Disclose, That Is The Question.” This webinar will discuss a proposed revision to the Standards of Conduct for Mediators regarding mediator disclosures.

An Attorney Discipline Board decision bemoaned current Standards of Conduct are not clear in helping mediators determine whether a relationship might appear to be a conflict of interest to participants. The ADR Section developed new tools to guide mediators in what to disclose – and what they don’t need to disclose.

Presenters will include:

• Anne Bachle Fifer, a mediator, facilitator, arbitrator, and mediation trainer based in Grand Rapids. Her mediation experience includes business, family, and workplace disputes, as well as church-based conflicts integrating Christian principles in the mediation process. She frequently conducts basic and advanced mediation trainings, and has taught biblical peacemaking on four continents. She served two terms on the State Bar’s ADR Section Council and received its Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the profession.

• Robert E. L. Wright, a member of Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi) and anchor of its Grand Rapids office. Recently named Grand Rapids Mediator of the Year by Best Lawyer™, Wright has more than 40 years of experience.

• Mathew Kobliska, a private practitioner representing parties in family law matters and a domestic relations mediator and arbitrator. 

• Lisa Taylor, a full-time mediator for more than 14 years.

• Marty Weisman, a neutral and party appointed arbitrator, mediator, and/or case evaluator. 

To register, visit https://connect.michbar.org/adr/home.  Attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via Zoom.

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