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Legal association launches chapter

August 18, 2014
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Legal association launches chapter
Bruce Neckers. Courtesy Rhoades McKee

A national legal association of mediators and arbitrators has launched a Michigan chapter with several charter members from the region.

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, or NADN, in West Palm Beach, Fla. said last month that it has launched the Michigan Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, or MAMA.

Charter members

The invite-only Michigan chapter is comprised of nine charter members, consisting of attorneys and former judges.

The association said several alternative dispute resolution professionals have been appointed to the MAMA executive committee: Amy Glass of Kalamazoo, president of Michigan Mediation & Arbitration Services, Edward Pappas of Troy and Alan Kanter of Bloomfield Hills.

Several attorneys were also named charter members: Hon. Barry Howard, Jon March of Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Jon Muth of Muth ADR in Belmont, Bruce Neckers of Rhoades McKee in Grand Rapids, Sheldon Stark and Martin Weisman.

All charter members were selected in “recognition of excellence in the practice of alternative dispute resolution.”

Neutral database

A key feature of the statewide chapter is its website, which allows firms to find a neutral, by identifying preferred practice criteria or dispute types and navigating to a roster of local mediators and arbitrators.

A majority of the association’s members also publish their availability calendars online to expedite the selection and scheduling process for clients.

The chapter’s website is also connected to the association’s national database, which is used by attorneys across more than 20 state bars.

In 2013, the association was named Neutrals Database Partner to the national defense bar association and the national plaintiffs bar, providing more than 40,000 litigators with vetted biographies of the nation’s top-rated mediators and arbitrators.

“We’re delighted to welcome these top-rated neutrals to the Michigan chapter of the academy,” said Darren Lee, executive director, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. “We’re confident that the NADN database will prove as useful to litigation firms in Michigan as it has to other state bar communities in recent years.”

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