State Bar ADR event focuses on 'seeing new things'

The State Bar of Michigan will present the 4th Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Summit, “Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator: Seeing New Things in the Same Old Rooms,”  on Tuesday, March 20 at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills.

The 2018 ADR Summit, held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will feature noted mediator and mediation trainer Lee Jay Berman.

Berman was an early member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators.

He’s been certified by the International Mediation Institute, and appointed as a Dispute Resolution expert with the United Nations Development Program.

Berman is a master mediator on the American Arbitration Association’s employment mediation panel.

The workshop is aimed at mediators ready to move to the next level of awareness and consciousness, grounded in deeper connection with participants, according to organizers.

The workshop will reach beyond classic mediation training to work with the counter-intuitive, the SBM says.

Among other things, the event will examine insights in self-awareness; neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to build rapport and understanding; the psychology of conflict and manipulation; and raising levels of perception.

The program has been approved for eight hours of advanced mediator training by the State Court Administrative Office.

Lunch on the premises included.

Following the workshop (lunch is included), a complimentary catered reception is scheduled.

Cost for the seminar is $155 for ADR Section members; $195 for non-section members; $25 for law students; and free for WMU-Cooley students (law students must include their law school e-mail address. Registration, required by March 15, can be completed by visiting

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Sheldon Stark at 734.417.0287 or


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