The other mediators are U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts of Detroit, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris of Oregon, U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel of Denver, former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Coar of Illinois, and Eugene Driker, a Detroit-area attorney.
Rosen said the group took a bus tour Monday of the “good, the bad and the ugly” of Detroit. Perris said the ride made her all the more motivated to help all sides reach an agreement.
Mediation will also take place privately in October or at any other convenient time. Meanwhile, the bankruptcy case in front of Judge Steven Rhodes will move forward on a separate track. He has set a trial for late October to determine if Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9.
Rosen joked during his remarks, saying the marble walls in his courtroom belong to the federal government, not the city, and can’t be sold to satisfy creditors.
He said the courthouse had many places for parties to meet, including the marshal’s lockup “if you want to spend the night.”