Mary A. Bedikian
Mary A. Bedikian, Professor of Law in Residence and Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at MSU College of Law, is the former District-Vice-President, Detroit Region, of the American Arbitration Association, an organization for which she worked for 28 years. Her extensive experience in ADR spans many sectors - labor, commercial, construction, international, and employment - and includes the training of mediators and arbitrators in both the process and substance of ADR. In 1987, Professor Bedikian created one of the first interactive ADR courses in Michigan, to be taught at various law schools within Michigan. She served as adjunct faculty at both University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Wayne State University Law School for more than 10 years.
Professor Bedikian is well published. In 1988, she won first prize in the Sixth Annual National Labor Law Writing Competition for her article, "Riding on the Horns of a Dilemma: The Law of Contract Versus the Law of Public Policy." Professor Bedikian also co-authored two practice books in ADR: Michigan Pleading and Practice, Volumes 8A and B (West Services, Inc.), and Michigan Practice Series - ADR (Thomson West).
She was instrumental in creating the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan and, in 1999, she received from the Section the Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Ms. Bedikian has acted as mediator in hundreds of cases since 1981, and in 1994 was invited to be part of a special Court of Appeals mediation panel. She has also served as arbitrator in employment cases.
Professor Bedikian received her J.D. from MSU College of Law, where she served on Moot Court.
Michael John Dodge is the Vice President and General Counsel of DaimlerChrysler Insurance Company, Associate General Counsel of DaimlerChrysler Services, and adjunct Professor of Negotiation at MSU Law. Mr. Dodge has an extensive background as both a negotiator and a teacher of negotiation. Mr. Dodge was International Counsel for DaimlerChrysler Services from 1995 through 2001 and during that period he created banks’ finance companies, negotiated joint ventures, and was lead counsel in over a dozen M and A projects in Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Holland, China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina, and Ireland.
Mr. Dodge has been teaching negotiation for over 10 years. In the 1990s he developed a three-day seminar in negotiation that he has given regularly to law firms, insurance companies, and manufacturing firms. He subsequently developed this seminar into a full law school class, which has been offered for the past four years at MSU College of Law.
Professor McCormick served as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Denver, Colorado from 1973 to 1978 and as counsel to the Honorable Howard Jenkins, Jr., a member of the NLRB, in Washington, D.C. From 1978 until 1979, he was Assistant Director of Gift and Estate Planning for The University of Chicago. Professor McCormick joined the Law College faculty in 1979 and served as Associate Dean from 1986 through 1989. He teaches Labor Law, Sports Law, and Decedents' Estates and Trusts. In addition to authoring a textbook on sports law, Professor McCormick is a frequent author of articles on labor law and sports law, and his writings have appeared in prominent law reviews, including Vanderbilt Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Washington & Lee Law Review, and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform as well as in national periodicals including The New York Times and The National Law Journal. He has served as the Chairperson for the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Under a grant from that Section, Professor McCormick co-wrote and co-produced a video documenting the contribution of Michigan lawyers to the development of labor and employment law. He currently serves as Chairman of the Michigan Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators and also as co-counsel in Clarett v. National Football League.
John Reifenberg, Jr.
Prior to joining the faculty in 1978, Professor Reifenberg was an Instructor at Southern Methodist University Law School, and Assistant Professor of Law at Nova University Law School. Professor Reifenberg is the Executive Director of the Center for Canadian-United States Law and Chair of the International and Comparative Law Program at the Law College. He was the author of the 1987 Jessup International Moot Court Problem. During the 1990-91 academic year, Professor Reifenberg was a Fulbright Fellow at Wuhan University Law School in the People's Republic of China. He teaches Torts, International Law, International Business Transactions, and various comparative law courses.
George T. Roumell, Jr.
George T. Roumell, Jr., a senior partner with the Law Firm of Riley, Roumell and Connolly, is an arbitrator and mediator. In addition to his private and court-annexed appointments, Professor Roumell serves on the rosters of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. He served as Law Clerk to the Michigan Supreme Court and, since 1957, has served as adjunct professor of labor law and alternative dispute resolution at Michigan State University College of Law. He is the recipient of three significant awards: the Whitney North Seymour Award for Contributions to the Field of Labor Arbitration (American Arbitration Association - 1990); the Distinguished Service Award (Labor and Employment Law Section - 1999); and, the Robert P. Hudson Award (State Bar of Michigan - 2003).
Professor Roumell is also well published. He has authored Roumell’s Primer on Labor Arbitration (ICLE, Ann Arbor, MI) 7th ed., and served as co-author of, "Absenteeism and the Impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act," Labor Arbitration Institute (2002).
Professor Roumell earned his J.D. from Harvard University and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from MSU College of Law.