ADR Section plans Virtual Annual Conference

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will conduct its 2023 Virtual ADR Annual Conference and Annual Meeting Friday and Saturday, September 29-30.

The online program offers advanced skills building, updates to alternative dispute resolution law, and addresses significant issues that touch on diversity and neutrality for providers. The Conference has been approved by SCAO for up to 11 hours of advanced mediation training credits. Topics to be covered include:

• The What, Why, and How of Transformative Mediation—with Tara West

• Collaborative Law and Co-Resolution Unveiled: Unique Team Approaches to Problem Solving—with Nathan Witkin, Jessica P. Heltsley, and Mathew Kobliska

• Trauma Informed Conflict Resolution – Everything, Everywhere, All at Once—with Treena Reilkoff

• Evolving Technologies in ADR-Best Practices and Party Empowerment—with Harshitha Ram, Clare Fowler, and Colin Rule

• Michigan ADR Case Law Update—with Lee Hornberger

• Discrimination in Dispute Resolution—with Lisa W. Timmons and Dan Berstein

• Mediated vs. Judicial Decisions in the Business Court—with Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Christopher P. Yates, Bradley Glazier, and Elizabeth Wells Skaggs

• Mediation Fundamentals 2.0-Deep Listening and Open-Ended Questions—with Anne Bachle Fifer and Robert Wright

• Challenges Facing Arbitrators and Protecting the Award—with M. Catherine Farrell,     Shawntane Williams, and Janice Holdinski

• Working with In-House Legal Departments in Mediation—with Jason C. Miller, Michael Steinberger, Luis Gomez, and Christopher Spain

• Evidence in Arbitration—with Larry J. Saylor, Martin C. Weisman, Betty R. Widgeon, and Janice Holdinski

• The Use of Special Masters and Mediation to Resolve Discovery Disputes—with Meghan P. McKnight and B. Jay Yelton III

• Turning No into Not Yet: Neutrals Discuss Their Path to Practice— with Lisa W. Timmons, Michael LaConto, Alex Green, and Betty R. Widgeon

• Hang onto Your Hats: Reframing the Multiple Roles Played by Mediators—with Sheldon J. Stark

• Case Evaluation 2023, Lessons Learned One Year after the Court Rule Change—with Lisa W. Timmons, Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Patricia Perez Fresard, Timothy P. Brady, and Robert M. Raitt

• Judicial Interventions in Mediation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—with Dale Ann Iverson, Edward H. Pappas, Antoinette Raheem, and retired Judge Denise Langford Morris

Also speaking at the conference will be Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Elizabeth T. Clement, State Bar of Michigan President Daniel D. Quick, 2022-2023 ADR Section Chair Edward H. Pappas, and 2023-2024 ADR Section Chair Jennifer Grieco.

To register for the conference, visit

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