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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Who Is Bound to An Agreement to Arbitrate?

In some circumstances, non-signatories to agreements mandating arbitration can be compelled to have their complaints decided in arbitration. This article describes five situations in which a non-signatory to the arbitration agreement may be compelled to arbitrate or be bound by the decision of the arbitrator. State and Federal Policy Favor Arbitration The Federal Arbitration Act […]

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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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