Daily Briefs

Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center recruits and trains volunteer mediators

Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center (WCDRC), a community based nonprofit organization, is currently seeking volunteers for mediation training to further its mission of helping change the culture of conflict in Wayne County.

“The stress and consequences of conflict can take a terrible toll on individuals and families, especially those with limited resources,” said Bernard Dempsey, WCDRC’s executive director. “With mediation, we help to peacefully resolve conflicts efficiently and effectively. Last year, our staff and volunteers mediated 2,300 conflicts, helping more than 5,000 people.”

According to Dempsey, the key to WCDRC’s success is volunteer mediators from diverse backgrounds, who are trained to mediate a variety of general civil cases, including neighborhood disputes, estate and guardianship disagreements, parenting disputes, school truancy issues, consumer disputes and family disagreements. Many cases are referred to WCDRC by local courts and schools In Wayne County.

Mediations are conducted at WCDRC’s office in Dearborn as well as in courthouses and schools throughout Wayne County.

To become a mediator, volunteers must take a state approved 40-hour training session. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first class will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, with subsequent classes on Thursdays, November 7 and 14; and Fridays, November 8 and 15. Training is held at WCDRC’s office in the Dearborn Atrium Office Center at 835 Mason Street, Suite C300 in Dearborn.

“Mediators tell us time and again how personally rewarding it is to help others resolve conflicts,” said Dempsey. “Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and to ensure a good fit, we start with an in-person interview before they take the training.”

To learn more about Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center and volunteer mediation, visit www.wcdrc.org. If interested in attending the November training session, call 313-561-3500 soon as class size is limited.

Wayne Law to host MentorJet Oct. 2; mentors sought

MentorJet is a “speed mentoring” opportunity created by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) in 2010. MentorJet offers law students one-on-one access to a diverse group of lawyers and judges for short, informal career-related discussions.

With generous donations from the Detroit Bar Association, the Wayne County Family Bar Association, and individual attorneys and judges, Wayne State University Law School and the National Association of Women Judges District 7, led by 29th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Pro Tem Michelle Rick, are pleased to host MentorJet, on Wednesday, October 2, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Wayne Law.

Attorneys from all fields with all experience levels are invited to be a mentor. Interested attorneys must submit their bio and picture to Jeannette.Heacox@3rdcc.org.