Conference to feature Detroit bankruptcy mediators

Wayne State University’s Dispute Resolution Consortium will present the Urban Public Policy Resolution Conference, “Renewal and Reconciliation in Urban Contexts,” on Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12, in Wayne State’s newly renovated Student Center Building Ballroom.

The conference will discuss the latest approaches and concepts of professional conflict resolution practice in dealing with intractable policy disputes related to cities and metropolitan areas and present best practice professional techniques that have been applied locally, nationally and internationally to promote effective and appropriate mediation, negotiation, dialogue and restorative practice.

Keynote lunchtime speakers will be Detroit federal bankruptcy mediators Judge Gerald Rosen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and attorney Eugene Driker of Barris, Sott, Denn, & Driker PLLC. Professional dispute resolution experts from across the country will impart methodologies and models appropriate to public officials as well as civic and grassroots organizations, and panels will discuss the best means of implementation. The conference will focus on lessons learned in dealing with challenges in urban finance, land and resources, public services, and ethnic and police-community relations. This conference is made possible in part by a grant to the Wayne State University Dispute Resolution Consortium, through the WSU Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

“Persistent disagreements over public policy often hold up progress toward rebuilding and strengthening our cities. These range from transportation to resources to human relations. This conference will present techniques and methods that have proven effective in breaking these stalemates,” said Frederic Pearson, director of the WSU Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. “After reviewing some of these methods during the conference, we will also offer two how-to workshops in the afternoon on May 12 to provide further training to participants.”

The conference is free and open to the public. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on?Monday, May 11, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. both days. Tuesday afternoon training workshops have a fee of $50.

Register at  to reserve your space. Workshop registration will be available through a separate link at WSU’s special events office.  For additional information, contact Barbara L. Jones at 313-577-3518 or