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MSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Annual Report
2012-13

Section Membership
As of June 1, 2013, the Section has 371 members. This is a 7% decrease in section members since April 20, 2012.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $3,859 as of April 30, 2013.

Continuing Legal Education Programs
The Section hosted 9 CLE programs in fiscal year 2012-13. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Jim Coben on the Limitations of American ADR as an Export Product

9-11-12

170643

1

53

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Arbitration: Representing Clients and Arbitrating

10-9-12

172282

1

40

Who's the client? and other ethical dilemmas for mediators

11-13-12

173366

1 Ethics

54

Court-Connected Mediation and Minorities – Has Any Progress Been Made?

12-11-12

174256

1 EOB

50

A Proposal to Increase and Enhance the Use of ADR in Minnesota

1-8-13

175086

1

63

Mediation before Motions: can mediators help resolve procedural, discovery, and other litigation matters?

2-12-13

175956

1

52

Rediscovering and Reinventing Local Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Programs

3-12-13

177102

1

43

Last Chance Mediation: Surprising Results from the Appellate Court Family Mediation Project

4-9-13

178504

1

42

Helping mediators around the world improve their skills, learn to mediate online, and discover new market opportunities – via Skype

5-14-13

178972

1

49

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 14, 2013.

The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Chair - Linda Mealey-Lohmann
Secretary - Jeff Ansell
Treasurer - Richard Hendrickson
Past Chair - Dan Simon

Representatives:
Legislation – Sharon Press and Cassandra Brown
Community – Louis Robards and Jeanne Zimmer
Publications – Steve Schemenauer and Alan Witz
Family – Marilyn McKnight and Nikki Keirnes
Commercial – Greg Bistram and Bill Hull

 

Other Section Accomplishments:

The topics covered at our CLE’s were chosen based on their ability to “improve the practice and elevate the standards” of ADR in Minnesota, as prescribed by our bylaws.  Despite the market forces that cause mediators and other ADR providers to conduct processes that conform to expectations of lawyers, rather than the needs of clients, our focus remained clear.  We continued to discuss and explore how to provide better, more ethical services to our clients.  At the end of the year, we elected an executive council who will remain committed to these values.

 

Submitted By:
Dan Simon, Section Chair
Date:  June 19, 2013

 

- Last Updated 07/03/2013 -

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