A warm welcome from the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution!  We are an organization dedicated to imaginative, empowered conflict resolution. 

Our outreach promotes and educates residents to a diverse set of non litigated solutions that can provide real benefits to the psyches of those in conflict, as well as to their wallets!  Our programs for professionals, including a nationally-recognized certification process, ensure that parties to conflict will have deeply knowledgeable professionals to guide them to creative, value-driven and mutual agreements.  We also serve as a guiding hand to new mediation practitioners as they navigate the field, and search for ways to build skills.

Whether you are a practitioner, or seeking mediation services, we invite you to explore all the services of MCDR as we build a better world -- one mediation at a time.

                     Harold Cohen. President 2016 with Lisa Battalia, Past President 2015

Upcoming events

March 15, 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Location: JECC, Training Rooms 1&2, 2011-D Commerce Park Dr., Annapolis, MD 21401

Training for Mediators


                                          "MCDR AT WORK"     

Developing a dialogue on a crucial issue is what happened from 2012-2013 when representatives of the Maryland mediation community gathered every seven weeks to discuss issues of concern over competition between community and private mediation services. This dialogue concluded with a pilot project for the Montgomery County Conflict Resolution Center . The pilot project resulted in an agreement with all stakeholder groups to gather data, set up a referral system and limit certain types of cases for mediation by the local center.   More importantly it changed how various stakeholders saw each other and the issues and it is likely to impact statewide policy.   Donna Duquette , Bob Mueller and Ellen Kandell participated in the dialogue and Eileen Coen and Ellen Kandell participated in the pilot project discussions.  Several of us continue to be involved in the implementation phase of this important cutting edge innovation.


ADR Spring Event Flyer (revised) (031414).doc 

       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.

           sb0409 passed.pdf                                                                              

        hb0697 passed.pdf2013

        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








The Mediation Confidentiality Act passed on April 9, 2012.

This act extends confidentiality protections to cases which are not court referred.

MCDR participated in a collaborative effort with  other mediation organizations to get this important bill through the legislature.

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MCDR is the oldest membership-based organization in Maryland dedicated to promoting the use of mediation and supporting

the mediation profession.  We have a proud history of successfully advocating for allowing multiple professions to practice mediation,

halting attempts to restrict the practice some fifteen years ago.  MCDR is the first organization to establish performance based criteria

now in use as a national model, part of an ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.

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