Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer joins CRDI Mediation Panel

Detroit, Michigan–Conflict Resolution Diversity Initiative (CRDI) is pleased to announce the addition of the Honorable Dennis W. Archer to its panel of neutrals. CRDI, the first of its kind in the country, seeks to address the under-representation of minority neutrals in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) matters, by intentionally creating panels of qualified neutrals comprised primarily by people of color. CRDI concentrates on corporations with ADR programs who are committed to increasing diversity.

“I am pleased and excited to join the CRDI panel of neutrals,” Archer said. “In addition to serving as a CRDI Panelist, I hope to help CRDI expand its national presence as it continues its vital mission of increasing diversity in the ADR process.”

In addition to joining the CRDI roster of mediators, Judge Archer will be a member of Resolute Systems, LLC’s national Commercial and Employment Panels. Resolute serves as the administrator of the CRDI program. “Adding Judge Archer to Resolute’s and CRDI’s panels of neutrals supports not only our long history of ensuring our pool of neutrals are diverse, but also brings further credibility to the Conflict Resolution Diversity Initiative,” says Michael Weinzierl, Vice President for Resolute Systems. “CRDI is an intentional effort to address the very real problem of disproportionate opportunities for people of color to serve as neutrals in ADR matters compared to non-minorities. In particular, as corporate workforces continue to reflect the diverse American population, so should the neutrals called upon to resolve workplace disputes,” says Weinzierl.

Judge Archer is Chairman and CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC and Chairman Emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm with more than 270 attorneys, with five offices in Michigan; an office in Toronto, Canada; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix.