WCRC Executive Director Michael D. Rust, J.D.

Michael D. Rust, J.D. is the Executive Director of the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc.  Mr. Rust has performed more than a thousand mediations, trained hundreds of mediators, and spoken to thousands.

He is the 2016 President's Award recipient from the Wisconsin Association of Mediators and You Make a Difference Award recipient from the Winnebago Collaborations Workgroup.  Mr. Rust was the first person to serve as the President of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators and the Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and he did so at the same time. He has also received recognition by the American Bar Association and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France, for his work in mediation.

Mr. Rust graduated from Carthage College with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology before attending Marquette University Law School. He practiced law for several years before devoting his practice to conflict resolution.  Additionally, he teaches business law, health care law and ethics, conflict management, organizational consulting, and mediation for multiple universities at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Dispute Resolution Section Board (2008-2016), Chair (2014-2016)
  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators, Practitioner Mediator (2010-present), Board of Directors (2010-2016), President (2014-2015)
  • Joint Legislative Council Study Committee on Access to Civil Legal Services (2016)
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Court Connected ADR Committee (2014-present)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Section Leaders Council, 2014-2016
  • Wisconsin Foreclosure Mediation Network, East Central Region Administrator
  • National Association for Community Mediation
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Outagamie County Bar Association
  • Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative

Community Involvement

  • TEDxOshkosh, Licensee & Co-Organizer
  • Oshkosh Area United Way, Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • Oshkosh Downtown Rotary, Board of Directors (2014-present), Sergeant-at-Arms (2014-present)
  • Faith Child Care, Board of Directors (2013-present), President (2014-present)
  • Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest, Planning Committee (2015-present)
  • Collaborations Workgroup, Planning Committee (2016-present)
  • Leadership Oshkosh, 2013-2014
  • Paine Arts Center and Gardens, Adjunct Board Member (2013-2014)
  • Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Housing Workgroup
  • Oshkosh Civility Project
  • Leadership Green Bay, 2008-2009

Selected Presentations

  • 7 Common Communication Mistakes, Multiple (Wisconsin Society of Human Resource Managers Conference), Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, Poverty Matters Conference)
  • Judging Mediators by Their Cover: What We Call Ourselves and Why it Hurts (Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, Seattle, WA)
  • The Ethics of Mediation, Multiple (Wisconsin Association of Mediators, State Bar of Wisconsin)
  • Everyday Negotiation Tips, Multiple (TEMPO - Women in Management, Oshkosh Downtown Rotary)
  • Having Fun with Conflict, Multiple (Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis, Fox Cities Morning Rotary)
  • A Toolbox for Addressing Problem Provider Behavior, Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Mediating with Parties Who Want Their "Day in Court", State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation, Appellate, & Dispute Resolution Institute
  • Dispute Resolution and Young Lawyers: The New Practice of Law, Multiple (State Bar of Wisconsin, Fox Valley Young Lawyers, Brown County Young Lawyers)
  • Restorative Justice in Maximum Security Prisons (Victim Offender Mediation Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA)

Selected Trainings

  • Negotiation Skills, Architecture Firm, IL
  • Team Building, University Department, WI
  • Conflict Resolution Skills, Credit Union, WI
  • Difficult Conversations Training, Marketing Firm, WI
  • Communication Skills, Police Department, WI
  • Crisis (Hostage) Negotiation Training, Police Department, WI
  • Mediator Training, Fire Department, WI

Selected Publications

  • Rust, Michael D., 7 Common Communication Mistakes, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • Rust, Michael D., Mediation Skills Manual, Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc., 2016.
  • Multiple articles published in Wisconsin Association of Mediators newsletters, including 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • Monaco-Wilcox, Rachel, Judith Levin, and Michael Rust, Advanced Mediation Training: Elder Mediation Training Manual, Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc., 2014.
  • “Getting to Mediation: Common Questions Answered.” Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, March 2014.
  • Guest Alumni Blogger, Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog, September 2011.
  • Article excerpts published in INSIGHT ON BUSINESS, including March 2009, June 2009, and September 2009.
  • Rust, Michael D., Businesses Must Follow New ‘Red Flag’ Rules, THE BUSINESS NEWS, March 2, 2009.
  • Rust, Michael D. and Moira J. Kelly, Partnering with Your Client for Better Outcomes in Mediation, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2005.

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI
  • Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
    • Neuroscience & Psychology [double major]
    • Biology & Entrepreneurial Studies [double minor]