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Nov
18

Appearance on "We Can Work It Out"

Shel Stark was a guest on “We Can Work It Out,” the local access cable show hosted by Earlene Baggett-Hayes. Titled “What is Mediation, Part 1” and “What is Mediation, Part 2,” Shel and Earlene discussed the mediation process and how it works, identified the virtually endless list of disputes that can be successfully mediated, described the benefits of mediation over other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and trial, and laid out techniques used by mediators where the parties are separated by strong emotions, arguments over money or the need for relationship repair. Read More
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Nov
13

American Bar Association Arbitration Competition

Shel Stark served as judge in the American Bar Association 2020-2021 Arbitration Competition between students from competing law schools held Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14 over Zoom. Read More
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Nov
12

ADR Club of Detroit Mercy Law Windsor Hosts Career Round Table

On Thursday evening, November 12, 2020 the ADR Club of Windsor, sponsored by Detroit Mercy Law School’s dual degree program for Canadian and American law students, hosted a Career Round Table with two mediators from Canada, an arbitrator and law professor from the law school and Shel Stark. The 4 panelists described how they started their careers as ADR providers, the kinds of disputes they handle, why they continue to enjoy ADR service and suggestions for law students to participate in the field. Read More
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Oct
17

ADR Section 2020 Annual Meeting

Shel Stark participated in the ADR Section 2020 Annual Meeting on the topic of “Managing Opening Offers: Are You Really Going to Make Me Communicate That Number?” Advocates criticize mediators when negotiating money who simply communicate numbers back and forth without giving feedback or comment. Shel recommended a different approach. He presented a PowerPoint show describing how a mediator might serve as a negotiation coach when given an unproductive offer to carry to the other side. He then described techniques for assisting participants in crafting constructive proposals to stimulate better and more attractive counter-proposals. The presentation was followed up by an unscripted demonstration of how negotiation coaching might work. Katherine Smith Kennedy, Pinsky Smith Fayette & Kennedy, role played plaintiff’s counsel in a sexual harassment case; and Anne Bachle Fifer, mediator and mediation trainer, role played the part of plaintiff. The demonstration was followed by a question and answer session. A link to the segment is available at SBM Connect in the Resources library of the ADR Section. Read More
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Sep
9

Shel Stark joins American Bar Association Fellows

On September 9, 2020, Shel Stark was invited to join the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Less than 1% of all lawyers are invited to join this prestigious group. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Fellows provide financial support to the ABF’s scholarship to advance justice and understanding of the law. Read More
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Mar
4

Shel Stark Appointed as FINRA Arbitrator

On March 4, 2019, Shel Stark was appointed an Arbitrator with FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority assigned to the Detroit, Michigan office. Read More
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Mar
3

ADR Section Telephone Seminar: Effective Mediation Preparation - A Primer for Advocates

On March 7, 2019, Susan Davis, Robert E. Lee Wright and Shel Stark will present a 90-minute telephone seminar to assist new advocates in preparing for mediation. Michael S. Leib will moderate the panel. Registrants will be able to email in questions at the end of the session. For more information or to register, visit the following URL: http://connect.michbar.org/adr/events/eventdescription?CalendarEventKey=5dbebb90-29b0-4aa8-899f-d3d72b0b8fc4&CommunityKey=8aa9f208-87ad-4434-8e05-bb1982c6b20d&Home=%2fadr%2fhome Read More
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May
10

Women Lawyer's Association 2017 Annual Meeting

On May 18, 2017, The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan will hold it’s Annual Meeting at the Detroit Athletic Club. Shel Stark has been invited to participate as a panelist at the meeting to discuss why Sexual Harassment remains a relevant issue in 2017. Read More
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May
1

International Academy of Mediators inducts Shel Stark as a Distinguished Fellow

At it’s Memphis, Tennessee conference, April 27-29, 2017, the International Academy of Mediators inducted Shel Stark as a Distinguished Fellow. Read More
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Oct
11

Shel Stark elected Chair, ADR Section, State Bar of Michigan for 2016-2017

At it’s Annual Meeting on September 24, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan elected Shel Stark as Chair of the Section Council for 2016-2017. Shel previously served as Chair of the Skills Action Team, which plans and offers skill building programs, telephone seminars, advanced mediator trainings, regional Mediator Forums and continuing legal education presentations. Read More
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