Mary A. Bedikian

Mary A. BedikianProfessor in Residence & Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 414
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Mary A. Bedikian is the former district vice president for the Detroit Region of the American Arbitration Association; she worked for the organization for 28 years. Her extensive experience in ADR spans many sectors, including labor, commercial, construction, international, and employment. She has trained 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, which is taught at various law schools in Michigan. She served as an adjunct professor at both the 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 titled “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 8B (West Services, Inc.), and Michigan Practice Series—ADR (Thomson West).

    Bedikian was instrumental in creating the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She received the Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution from the section in 1999.

    Professor Bedikian has acted as mediator in hundreds of cases since 1981. She was invited to be part of a special Court of Appeals mediation panel in 1994. She also has served as arbitrator in employment cases.

    Professor Bedikian received her J.D. from MSU College of Law where she served on the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 1980, Michigan State University College of Law; M.A. 1975, B.A. 1971, Wayne State University

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Commercial Arbitration
    (Formerly Arbitration) A course dealing with all aspects of arbitrating disputes under collective bargaining agreements, including judicial review of arbitration procedures and analyses of the concepts applied by arbitrators in reaching their respective decisions. Students will have an opportunity to observe an actual arbitration in process and participate as an advocate in a mock arbitration.

    Contract Negotiation
    This course introduces first-year students to principles of negotiation. Students will be required to engage in mock negotiation exercises.

    Dispute Resolution in the Workplace
    (Formerly ADR in the Workplace) Arbitration of disputes arising out of collective bargaining agreements has come to be the model for resolving statutory and common law disputes that arise in the nonunion workplace. Growing reliance on mediation and arbitration hybrids alters the role of advocates and even the definition of employee's legal rights. This course will focus on a wide range of topics-arbitrability determinations, injunctions, duty of fair representation, the doctrine of deferral, the role of external law and whether arbitrators should follow the federal law, the role of precedent in labor and employment law, discipline and discharge, past practice, seniority, management rights, subcontracting, union security agreements and their enforceability, and arbitration in the public sector. We will also examine the current criticism of labor arbitration-its efficiency, honesty and underlying ideology. Finally, we will cover the spectrum of topics associated with individual employment arbitration-judicial application of "Gilmer" and its progeny, the merits and demerits of compulsory arbitration, grievance mediation, and peer review systems.

    (Formerly DCL 520) This course introduces principles of negotiation. Students will be required to engage in multiple mock negotiations, with frequent feedback from the instructor.

  • Notes
  • Bar Admission(s)

    U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Michigan