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Restorative Conferencing: What It Is, Why It Works

In the 2014 – 15 school year there were 1300 expulsions from Michigan schools. Greater than 50% of those expulsions lasted more than 180 calendar days, over half the school year. Students who are expelled or suspended often struggle academically, are more likely to drop out, get in trouble, and may eventually end up in prison. The Michigan Revised School Code sent the message that we...
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Considering “Civility” at Mediation

What does being “civil” mean generally, and at mediation? Webster defines “Civility” as “politeness – a civil or polite act or utterance.” “Polite” is defined as “having or showing cultured or good taste; polished; refined – having or showing good manners; courteous, considerate, tactful, etc.” This is generally how we have, or should have, been raised to act by our...
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Special Masters in the State of Michigan

With the advent of email communications and electronic document storage, even a simple business dispute can generate an extraordinary number of documents during discovery. When you add in cloud storage, where the number of documents that can be stored and the temporal scope of such storage are virtually unlimited, a business dispute can often involve 100,000 pages or more of stored communications...
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Family Law Mediator Lisa Taylor Joins Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC

ADR organization extends its divorce mediation depth with addition of Bingham Farms attorney DETROIT, MI (press release) – Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC (PREMi), a group of renowned and respected alternative dispute resolution neutrals, is pleased to announce that Lisa Taylor is its newest member. Ms. Taylor, who is based in Bingham Farms, possesses two decades of legal...
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How Advocates Choose Mediators

I have conducted commercial mediations for many years, attended ICLE’s forty hour training seminar and received many additional hours of advanced mediation training. To my knowledge, however, none of the training seminars focus upon what attorneys and advocates are looking for from a mediator or the mediation process. So, several years ago I conducted a survey in an attempt to find out. I...
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