For information contact:

Nov. 4, 1999

Ward Mullens

or call 734-487-4400



YPSILANTI&emdash; Learning to resolve incidents before they become larger problems in the workplace is the focus of the first Michigan Conference on Dispute Resolution Friday, Nov. 12 at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti.

Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan will be a part of the distinguished panel presenting cost-effective and efficient ways to manage conflict. This one-day program, presented by Eastern Michigan University and the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County, is for attorneys, business leaders and other professionals. The conference will explore the emerging field of alternative dispute resolution, its methods and benefits. The cost is $250 and participants are encouraged to register early due to limited space.

"It will deal with how to handle the kinds of disputes that can escalate into a formal grievance and lowers productivity," said conference coordinator Will Hathaway. "Larger events that can become extreme often start with smaller issues that can be resolved if they are handled properly."

"Conflict in the workplace is costly and disruptive. There are better, systematic ways to manage conflict that leaders can use to improve their organization's performance," said Hathaway, director of Human Resource Development at EMU.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast and remarks by L. Randolph Lowery, director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. Morning workshops include sessions on mediation, employment dispute resolution and conflict management techniques.

Granholm will be the keynote speaker during the afternoon break, which includes lunch. Additional workshops will follow addressing the areas of professional mediation, conflict resolutions in the public sector, international dispute resolutions, and medical malpractice.

Justice Corrigan rounds out the afternoon with the presentation "The Future of Court-Driven Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Michigan." Corrigan is a former executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association and developer of appellate ADR program.

A pre-conference skills training workshop is set for Thursday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eagle Crest Conference Center. A reception will follow to honor the 1999 recipient of the Bernard J. O'Connor Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Dispute Resolution.

For registration information call Will Hathaway, 734/487-4249.