A warm welcome to the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution!
When we go for a check-up, the doctor taps our knee to make sure our reflexes are in good working order. Imagine the world if, at the first sign of conflict or disagreement, the automatic reflex were to reach for peace and understanding. Together we can make this vision a reality, one conflict at a time.
If you are an ADR practitioner, we want to support you as you expand your practice and your peace-making skills. Our quarterly meetings and programs offer experienced and dynamic presenters and friendly networking opportunities. We are involved in promoting mediation and ADR through outreach and legislative activities. Our performance-based certification program is a national model. I look forward to welcoming you at our meetings and getting to know your hopes and ideas for our field.
If you’re seeking mediation services, I invite you to look at the MCDR roster of professionals, and expand your options for an an outcome that meets your needs and reflects your values.
~Donna Duquette, President 2013-2014
MCDR Executive Board Meetings scheduled for 2014 :
Please join us all members are welcome to attend
Tues, March 4th @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm Conference Call
Wed, May 7th @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tues, August 5th @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wed, November 12th @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The MCDR Quarterly Meetings for 2014, will be determined shortly.
"MCDR AT WORK"
The MCDR Certification Committee has been collaborating with the Talbot County Circuit Court to ensure mediator quality. Rob Ketcham, Chair of the Certification Committee, reports that the Talbot County Circuit Court project is entering its second phase. On October 24, 2013 Judge Bo Earnest sent out a memo to Talbot County Roster Mediators which reads as follows:
“ Talbot County ’s program of mandatory mediation in civil cases has now been in place for approximately six months. I am happy to report that at this point we have a settlement rate of close to 50% for the non-domestic civil cases that have gone to mediation. We are also having success with domestic cases. These results are similar to, or better than, the settlement rates in counties that have had mediation in place for many years.
In January, 2013, twenty three of our roster mediators participated in the advanced training that we offered. At this time, ten of our thirty seven roster mediators are certified through a performance based assessment, either by Community Mediation Maryland or the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR).
I believe that the quality assurance provided by certification is critical where the Court is requiring mandatory participation in mediation for all litigants. Accordingly, in order to remain on the Talbot County Roster, all mediators will need to be certified by May 1, 2014. To that end, the County will offer another certification training on January 27 and 28, 2014. This advanced training will emphasize the mediator skills required to pass a performance-based assessment and will be free of charge. Shortly after the training, representatives of MCDR will come to Easton to do mediator assessments.
Thank you all for your assistance in making this program a success.”
Donna Duquette, J.D.
The Maryland legislature has passed a bill correcting problems with the Maryland Mediation Confidentiality Act. The changes are designed to keep intake conversations confidential and to ensure that participants may decide if they want to exempt some but not all communications from the Act. The Maryland mediation community, including MCDR, worked together to get the bill passed.
SB409 Joint Testimony.docx
MCDR offers our assistance to CBS to ensure more realistic depictions of mediation on TV shows.
Letter to CBS-The Good Wife.pdf
MCDR and other ADR organizations encourage Governor O’Malley to appoint a Chief Judge with a commitment to mediation and ADR.
Gov OMalley letter (signed_ color) 1-31-13.pdf