Advantages of combined mediation/arbitration approach explored


 Attorneys and judges from across Michigan and Ohio gathered Thursday, Jan. 26, at Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus for an advanced, SCAO-approved training program presented by Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi).

“This is an important new approach to ADR, and our faculty is made up of the most knowledgeable, most experienced attorneys anywhere in the state on this topic,” said lead trainer Martin Weisman of a panel consisting of PREMi colleagues Joseph Basta, F. Peter Blake, Donna Craig, Gene Esshaki, Jon Kingsepp, Paul Monicatti, Antoinette Raheem, Jerome Rock, Phillip Schaedler, and Matthew Schlegel. 
“We know about Med/Arb because we use Med/Arb in our own practices.”
Luncheon keynote speaker Doug Van Epps, director of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution, addressed the impact of court consolidation efforts on mediation practice, as well as the results of the court’s statewide study of case evaluation and mediation requested and proposed revisions to Michigan’s Standards of Conduct for Mediators.  
William Weber, PREMi’s executive director, noted the importance of Van Epps’ presence, saying, “Not only did Doug offer insights that were timely and of great value to our guests, but he also learned about certain procedural and ethical aspects of Med/Arb that may necessitate attention in the court rules and rules of conduct.  We’re delighted that he could be here.”
PREMi is an association of legal professionals with numerous years of experience in dispute resolution and a large breadth of subject matter knowledge. 
PREMi’s attorneys work with parties in conflict across Michigan and around the country, utilizing creative approaches and processes to achieve meaningful results. 
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