Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer joins CRDI Mediation Panel

Dennis W. Archer has joined Conflict Resolution Diversity Initiative's panel of neutrals. CRD seeks to address the under-representation of minority neutrals in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) matters, by intentionally creating panels of qualified neutrals comprised primarily by people of color. CRDI concentrates on corporations with ADR programs who are committed to increasing diversity.

"I am pleased and excited to join the CRDI panel of neutrals," Archer said. "In addition to serving as a CRDI Panelist, I hope to help CRDI expand its national presence as it continues its vital mission of increasing diversity in the ADR process."

In addition to joining the CRDI roster of mediators, Archer will be a member of Resolute Systems, LLC's national Commercial and Employment Panels. Resolute serves as the administrator of the CRDI program.

"Adding Judge Archer to Resolute's and CRDI's panels of neutrals supports not only our long history of ensuring our pool of neutrals are diverse, but also brings further credibility to the Conflict Resolution Diversity Initiative," says Michael Weinzierl, Vice President for Resolute Systems. "CRDI is an intentional effort to address the very real problem of disproportionate opportunities for people of color to serve as neutrals in ADR matters compared to non-minorities. In particular, as corporate workforces continue to reflect the diverse American population, so should the neutrals called upon to resolve workplace disputes," says Weinzierl.

Archer is chairman and CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC and chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright. He sits on the corporate boards of Johnson Controls Inc., Compuware Corporation and Masco Corporation.

Archer served two four-year terms as mayor of the city of Detroit (1994-2001). In 2000, as mayor, Archer was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. Archer served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was president of the National League of Cities from 2000-2001. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine; and one of the 100 Most Powerful Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal. Archer was named one of the 25 Most Dynamic Mayors in America by Newsweek magazine.

Archer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Western Michigan University and taught learning disabled students in the Detroit Public Schools. He earned his Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law in 1970. He worked as a trial lawyer and a partner in several Detroit firms, serving as associate professor of the Detroit College of Law and adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School.

In 1985, Governor James Blanchard appointed Archer an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was elected to an eight-year term the following year.

Archer has long been active in the organized bar. He was the first person of color elected president of the American Bar Association (2003-2004) as well as the State Bar of Michigan. Resolute Systems has been facilitating ADR cases nationally for over 20 years. Resolute assumed administration of the Conflict Resolution Diversity Initiative in March 2011.

Companies or neutrals interested in learning more about CRDI are encouraged to contact Michael Weinzierl at (800)776-6060.

Published: Thu, Jun 16, 2011

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