ADR-COLLABORATIVE LAW Section
Our lunch meetings take place from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the BAMC Conference Room upstairs, unless otherwise specified. All BAMC Members, ADR and Collaborative colleagues are invited to attend.
To be eligible for the Roster of ADR neutrals for court appointments, mediators must receive four (4) hours of mediation CLE annually. Those interested in Circuit Court appointments should timely send all CLE certificates to Magistrate Malik.
Our Section will work this bar year to educate community members about Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) options to include Mediation and Collaborative practice. Informational handouts have been made available to the public in both Montgomery County Courthouses, if you’d like a copy please ask. We offer our support to Attorneys in our communities so that they can offer these valuable forms of legal services to more clients. We welcome your suggestions about discussion topics and potential speakers at our meetings, CLEs, and roundtable discussions at BAMC.
Please reach out to any of your Co-Chairs if you want to get involved with our Section or with ADR and Collaborative practice to impart to members of our local communities knowledge about the cost of conflict and the benefits of accessing these process options in the resolution of disputes outside of a courtroom and with the help of trained professionals.
For more on Collaborative Practice:
Please contact LJ Pelham at email@example.com if you are interested in taking advantage of upcoming collaborative training opportunities.
Collaborative Law is interdisciplinary and can incorporate the advice and counsel of civil practitioners, child specialists, financial neutrals, business valuation specialists, mental health professionals, real estate agents and more into the dispute resolution process. It encourages two or more disputing parties to engage in candid and effective out-of-court communications and empowers them to find their own voices to craft voluntary, durable and mutually beneficial solutions. To learn more about how to provide Collaborative legal and related services to your clients, please visit:
Mediation is a form of ADR in which the parties select a trained mediator, an independent and neutral third party, to facilitate the parties’ settlement their legal dispute outside of court. It is a voluntary, cooperative problem-solving process where the mediator facilitates communication between the parties. A mediator does not make a final decision; the mediator may point out strengths and weaknesses of each party’s claim(s). The mediator discusses options and potential solutions with the parties and transmits settlement offers between and among the parties, encouraging a meeting of the minds. One can locate and contact a trained Mediator by visiting https://montgomerycountymd.gov/cct/adr.html.