MSBA ADR Section
Annual Report
2019-2020

Section Membership

As of July 1, 2020, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section has 347 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $6,139.55 as of May 31, 2020.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 9 CLE programs in fiscal year 2019-2020.    

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Ethical Considerations for Remote Mediations and Annual Elections (2 Webinar Dates)

6/09/20; 
5/12/20

312151;
305983

1.0 Ethics and ADR Rule 114 credits

157 with both dates

How to Survive and Potentially Thrive as a Neutral in these Volatile Times

04/14/20

301479

1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits

85

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) - The Future is Now 

03/10/20

 
295825

1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits

83

ADR and the ADA

02/11/20

291504

1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits

48

Why Culturally Relevant Mediation Processes Matter

01/14/20

291501

1.0 Elimination of Bias and ADR Rule 114 credits

60

Can Consumer Arbitration Be Fair and Equitable? (collaborated with the Consumer Law Section)

12/10/19

282527

1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits

56

Implicit Bias - How It Affects the Legal Profession and How to Fix It

11/12/19

281385

1.0 Elimination of Bias and ADR Rule 114 credits

58

The 2nd Annual Panel Presentation of ADR Career Paths in Law (collaborated with MH School of Law – ADR Student Society)

10/08/19

280149

1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits

58

Arbitration Options

09/10/19

278934

1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits

63


Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 12, 2020 and 105 people attended via webinar. 


Council Officers:
The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

Chair:  Elise Chambers, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Treasurer:  Ishmael Israel, Arbitrator/Mediator  
Secretary:  Allen Gibas, Allen H. Gibas PA 

Council Members:
The following candidates were re-elected and/or will continue to serve their term on the Section’s Governing Council starting July 1, 2020:

Joseph LeBlanc, LeBlanc Law & Mediation (Past Chair)
Tim Cook, Cook Law & ADR, PLLC
Maureen Erickson-Robertshaw, Hypatia Mediation and Parenting Services, LLC
Michael Gregory, Michael Gregory Consulting, LLC
Bob Huber, Huber ADR Services
Bob Lawson, Barrington Financial Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert Roby, R.C. Roby Law PLLC
Alice Silkey, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Mira Vats-Fournier, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

The following candidates were newly-elected to serve a two-year term on the Section’s Governing Council beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2022:

Mark Labine, Hennepin County Referee Retiree
Leslie Sinner McEvoy, McEvoy Conflict Management and Legal Education Consulting

Diversity and Inclusion 

The ADR D&I Subcommittee made implementations from their completed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan approved in the prior year. With the DEI Plan, the Section Council made strides in recruiting diverse speakers, presentation topics and increased collaboration. 

Other Section Accomplishments

The ADR Section had a great year with increased partnerships and implementation of their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan: 
• The ADR Section had record breaking attendance for its Annual Ethics CLE;
• The Section continued to prioritize and dedicate funding for their ADR Section Grant Program – granting $4,450 for the bar term to help fund and support a community mediation and project outside the metro area; 
• Hosted and organized increased special credit programs this term with MN board approval - 2 Elimination of Bias CLE programs and 1 Ethics CLE program;
• Continued partnerships and co-sponsored with the Consumer Law Section as well as with Mitchell Hamline School of Law – ADR Student Society for Conflict Resolution Week.

Submitted By:

Elise Chambers, November 2019-2020 Section Chair