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Bag lunch

The Brown Bag Lunch Series provides DRC Mediators and other members of the ADR  community an opportunity to learn more and sharpen skills related to the field of conflict resolution.

*Certificates are for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Mediator Training and must be requested ahead of time in order to be received on the day of the Brown Bag.  Same day requests will be mailed out at a later date.

For more information about our trainings please call us at 734-794-2125 or in Livingston county at 517-546-6007 or email us.



Brown Bags 2016-17

October 5, 2016

“Candidate Forum”
Sheriff Clayton, Ken Magee, Judge Tabbey, Robin Stephens

November 5, 2016

“How to be Bigger than Your Triggers”
Annie Zirkel

December 7, 2016

“International Mediations”
Dan Buttry

January 4, 2017

“White Privilege”
Shirley Beckley

February, 1, 2017

“Open Session for Mediators Questions and Concerns”
DRC Staff

March 1, 2017

“Framing Issues to Get to Options”
Zena Zumeta

April 5, 2017

“A Brighter Way and the Street Outreach Program”
Melvin Parsons and Marvin Gundy

May 3, 2017

“Mediation and Brain Science”
 Joe Basta

June 7, 2017

“Conversation with Washtenaw County Magistrates”
Elisha Fink, Tammy Garwood, and Mark Nelson

Brown Bags 2015-16

KICKOFF  Saturday September 19, 2015  - LRC: Superior Room
“Mirrors of Privilege film and discussion”
La'Ron Williams

October 7, 2015 - Community Corrections: Room A
“Communication Skills, effective use of open ended questions”
Craig Harvey 

November 4, 2015 - 
“Personal Story of Survival”
Ronald Simpson-Bey

December 2, 2015 -
“How to prevent compassion fatigue”
Khristian Speelman


January 13, 2016 - 
“International Mediation”
Dan Buttry

February 3, 2016 -
“What Color is your Co-Mediators Personality”
John Cameron

March 2, 2016 - 
“Homelessness in Mediatorn
Susan Beckett

April 6, 2016 -
“Mediation Skills”
Sally Brush and Volunteers

May 4, 2016 - 
“Ism's (Sexism, racism, classism)”
Betty Brown-Chappell

June 1, 2016-
“Young people and communication”
Shayla Griffin



Brown Bags 2015

June 3, 2015  - Room A
“Discrimination of young people”
John Weise

May 6, 2015 - Room A
“When legal issues come up in mediation; writing complicated family agreements”
Joe Basta 

April 1, 2015 - Room A
“Saying it Silently” 
Danielle Ensch

March 4, 2015 - Room A
“Welfare Simulation”
Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice from 9:00am to 12:00pm

February 4, 2015 - Room A
“Gay/Lesbian/Transgender Issues in Mediation” 
Angie Martell

January 7, 2015 - Room A
“21st Century Communication: The intersection of crucial conversations and online technology” 
Andy, Lisa and Mark Brush

Brown Bags 2014

November 5, 2014
 Angie Martell & Kendra Thorington-Fox: A New Look at Diversity (video

October 8, 2014
Local Judicial Candidates: Questions from the DRC community (video)

September 27, 2014
Lisa Gottlieb & Kelly Saran: Nonviolent Communication & Apologies (video)

June 4, 2014
Sally Brush: Mediation and Interpersonal Relationship Needs (video)

May 7, 2014
Susan Butterwick: Mediating with Elders (video)

April 2, 2014
Pam Ludolph: Mediating People with Personality Disorders (video)

March 5, 2014
Barry Goldman: How Our Brains Influence Conflict (video)

December 4, 2013
Susan Butterwick: Peacemaking Court Preview (video)

November 6, 2013
Mark Fancher of ACLU: School to Prison Pipeline (video)

October 16, 2013 
Belinda Duin: The DRC's Conflict Resolution Program at Ypsilanti High School [youtube videoid="9zhy0ZJVDDg" height="90" width="160"]