MSBA ADR Section
Annual Report

Section Membership

As of June 12, 2017, the Section has 419 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $7,314.34 as of May 31, 2017.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 9 CLE programs in fiscal year 2016-17.  

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

How to Avoid anEthics Complaint as an ADR Neutral CLE and Annual Elections Meeting

May 9, 2017


1.0 Ethics and ADR Rule 114 credits


Mediating the Challenging Employment Law Matter and Tips to be Effective(Co-Sponsorship with the Labor & Employment Section)

April 11, 2017


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


Keeping Your Cool When Clients Get Heated

March 14, 2017


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


What US Dispute Resolution Specialists Can Learn from International Arbitration

February 14, 2017


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


Keys for ADR Neutrals to Improve Their Emotional Intelligence

January 10, 2017


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


Mediation for Nonprofit Organizations

December 13, 2016


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


ADR in State Government

November 8, 2016


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


Consider an Alternative: ADR

October 11, 2016


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


Rule 114 - Update on the Work in Progress

September 13, 2016


1.0 Standard and ADR Rule 114 credits


Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 9, 2017 and 85 people attended. 

The following candidates were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council starting July 1, 2017:

Chair:  Joseph LeBlanc, LeBlanc Law & Mediation
Treasurer:  Wendell Bell, Arbitrator Attorney 
Secretary:  Elise Chambers, Conflict Resolution Center
Immediate Past Chair:  Sharon Press, Mitchell Hamline School of Law - Dispute Resolution Institute

Greg Bistram, Briggs and Morgan; Professional Association
Ben Lowndes, MnDOT
Alice Silkey, Mitchell Hamline School of Law - Emerita Professor of Law
Eva Cheney-Hatcher, Cheney-Hatcher & McKenzie Dispute Resolution Center, PLLC.
Vue Chu, Hmong American Mediation Center, Inc.
Tim Cook, Cook Law & ADR, PLLC
Allen Gibas, American Arbitration Association
Alex Glassmann, Conflict Resolution Center’s Board
Bob Lawson, National Futures Association Dispute Resolution
Andrea Niemi, ADR Ethics Board
Rob Roby, MN Mediation Services, LLC

Law Student Liaison:
Wondwosen Yoseph Dasebo, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Diversity and Inclusion 

We appointed a Diversity Representative, Alice Silkey, and a D& I Subcommittee.  We set aside time at multiple meetings to develop a Diversity & Inclusion Plan and have made great progress towards finalizing the plan. Even before formally adopting the plan, we held one of our monthly CLE’s off-site (at Mitchell Hamline) to make the session more accessible to a range of people and we created a student liaison position on the Council which has been filled by a student from Saint Thomas Law School.  We also added a question on our nomination form for council elections for individuals to indicate how they will contribute to the diversity of the council.

Other Section Accomplishments

• Monthly Tip of the Month Newsletters to the ADR Section
• Contributed and supported the mediation community via financial partnership/sponsorship to Conflict Resolution Minnesota (CRM) – Annual Conference
• Program Co-Sponsorship with Labor & Employment Section (April 2017)
• Conflict Resolution Week Co-Sponsorship and Student Focused Program held at Mitchell Hamline School of Law (received grant from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution)

Submitted By:

Sharon Press, Section Chair
June 26, 2017