Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section is doing things differently this year. We are focusing on presenting a few long programs in lieu of holding frequent meetings. On March 10th we are presenting a four hour CLE training program, which MD Rule §17-205 requires of mediators to be on the Circuit Court mediator referral roster. The program will be informative regardless of whether you are on the Circuit Court referral roster or not. Part of the program will be devoted to reviewing recent studies commissioned by the MD Administrative Office of the Courts, “Maryland Judiciary Statewide Evaluation of Alternative Dispute Resolution Effectiveness of Mediator Strategies in Custody Mediation” and “Effectiveness of Various Mediation Strategies on Short-term and Long-term Outcomes” and then using the information to evaluate what works and does not work to overcome impasse yet have a settlement which holds up over time. The Study’s author and the new Executive Director of the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) will be presenting along with the Circuit Court’s Special Master for ADR referrals and others.
We are also working on the Law Day presentation regarding ADR in professional sports, including the NFL’s Tom Brady arbitration decision. This fall we will hold a CLE on use of ADR in non-divorce family situations, such as guardianship and probate matters.
If you would like to get more involved in the section, or help with presentations, please contact Bob Baum, section chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-610-0610.