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Upcoming Events

Mediating Bullying and Harassment Disputes in the School Setting Teleseminar

    Date: August 27, 2014
    Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.

    Register: online or by mail/fax form PDF
    Call-in information and a link to written materials for this program will be provided on your seminar confirmation.

    The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan is pleased to announce the next installment in its Lunch & Learn series: a 90-minute teleseminar on “Bullying and Harassment Disputes in the School Setting.”

    Student harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and national origin is a pervasive problem in Michigan schools. Learn about the impact of bullying, relevant state and federal law and proactive and effective approaches to resolving peer-to-peer harassment.

    The presenters: Join one of the most innovative and respected mediators in school-related disputes, Attorney/Mediator Laura Athens. Ms. Athens will be interviewed by nationally known facilitator and trainer, Zena Zumeta. Robert E. L. Wright will moderate the program.

2014 Section Annual Meeting, Training, Dinner, & Awards

    October 17-18, 2014
    Kensington Court Hotel
    610 Hilton Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Register: online or by mail/fax form PDF

    Meeting Schedule

    Advanced Mediation Training: Once again the ADR Section and the Family Mediation Council Michigan (FMC) are collaborating to offer outstanding, SCAO-approved programs designed to improve your knowledge base and enhance your skills as a mediator. Join your colleagues at a program of intensive, interactive professional development and casual networking.

    Cheryl Cutrona, featured national trainer. Cheryl has been the executive director of Good Shepherd Mediation of Philadelphia, PA, since 1991. She is a mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, trainer, arbitrator, editor, attorney, and adjunct faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She serves in leadership positions in local and state-wide dispute resolution organizations and has received several state-wide awards for her contributions to the field. She received her undergraduate and Masters degrees from two of Michigan’s finest before heading to Pennsylvania for law school.

    Registration Fees: (Must be submitted by Oct. 3, 2014)
    • Both Conferences: $175
    • FMC Conference Fee: $40 members; $50 non-member
    • ADR Conference Fee: $150 regular; ($75 law/graduate students, no charge for sitting judges)
    • Friday Award Ceremony & Dinner: $45 /ea (not included in conference fee)

    There is no fee to attend the Annual Business Meeting.

    Hotel Registration: Standard $102/night, Executive $112/night plus taxes. Reduced rates based on availability and only until October 3. Contact Kensington Court directly using booking code “Alternative Dispute Resolution” at (800) 344-7829, (734) 761-7800, or

Full Council Meetings

    All meetings are held at the State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be available. Please advise of your availability to attend by replying to Council meetings are open to Section members and affiliates. The majority of the work of the Section is performed in Action Teams which meet by teleconference periodically. Action Teams report to the Executive Committee and to the full Council.

    Friday, July 11, 2014 (conference call available, check your e-mail for passcode)

Executive Committee Teleconferences

    Held by teleconference at 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month except those months when there are full Council meetings. Call-in information can be found in your meeting e-mail notice.

    RSVP to Doreen Dobias at the State Bar at

    Friday, August 8, 2014



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