Joe Basta Testifies Before House Law & Justice Committee Regarding “Automatic Mediation”

PREMi professional and former State Bar of Michigan ADR Section chair Joseph Basta recently spoke to a Michigan legislative committee about House Bill 5073, which would generally require legal disputes to be referred to mediation. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Klint Kesto of Oakland County, would impose the requirement on civil non-domestic relations actions in […]

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DBusiness Names PREMi Professionals Among “Top Lawyers” for 2018

Four respected PREMi professionals have been included on DBusiness Magazine’s 2018 list of “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit” for their outstanding accomplishments in Arbitration and Mediation: Gene Esshaki William Gilbride Paul Monicatti Martin Weisman DBusiness selects attorneys based on votes and opinions from other attorneys in the local legal community. PREMi congratulates our colleagues as well as […]

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Mediation Advocacy Beyond the Norm

When it seems like everything around you, globally and locally, is in a constant state of dysfunctional conflict and turmoil, it is easy to think and act like it’s normal to be disruptive and disagreeable. Nothing could be further from the truth. It doesn’t have to be that way when it comes to the practice […]

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Lee Hornberger Named Chair of State Bar of Michigan’ ADR Section

PREMi professional Lee Hornberger has been named Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan for 2017-18. Lee previously served as Chair-Elect before stepping into his new role as Chair. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Chair of the State Bar’s ADR Section, an organization that does […]

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Lessons Learned from Engaging in Positive Difficult Conversations – Effective Mediation Advocacy

  With increasing frequency (oftentimes during a mediation) we hear the refrains: “There are just some people I can’t talk to” or “They just don’t listen to reason.”  The polarization of society into the “right” and “wrong” camps is undoubtedly a contributory factor to the reticence to engage in difficult but critically important conversations. While […]

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The New Michigan Emergency Seclusion and Restraint Law and the Role of the Mediator

Imagine your boss came into your office, tied you to a chair with bungee cords and duct-taped your hands to the chair, then hit and kicked you.  Now imagine this happening to your child at school.  This scenario is not fiction.  In 2014, a Senate Majority Committee described a case involving a Pennsylvania special education […]

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