The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Section will host a forum on mediation 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Varnum in Detroit. The goal of the event is to provide mediators and arbitrators with opportunities where they can share, network and learn from one another.
The event will start with a presentation on "Early Mediation of Employment Disputes," by Earlene Baggett-Hayes, Richard Hooker and Sheldon Stark. The presentation will be followed by small group discussions about the timing of opening offers, managing extreme opening offers and counter-offers, explaining party justification/rationale for an offer, dealing with party/advocate impatience, techniques for responding to charges an offer has "nuisance value" and sharing your favorite technique.
The event will cost $15 for ADR Section members and $20 for all other registrants. Drinks and hors-d'oeuvres will be provided. For more information or to register for the event, visit ADR Section: Mediator Forum.