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.

A Message from Tim Stranges & Maile Beers-Arthur, 2017 Co-Presidents

It is our honor to have been elected as Co-Presidents of MCDR for the period October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017.  Thank you; we look forward to serving you.  While the goals for the year have not yet been finalized, we want to share some initial thoughts.  First, we are interested in and committed to increasing engagement with MCDR members through more networking and mentoring opportunities.  Second, we want to make sure that our programs offered throughout the year are of interest not only to the MCDR community but to others in the ADR field.  Third, for our programs to attract a wide and geographically diverse audience, we will continue our practice of presenting them in various locations throughout Maryland.

Maile has over 22 years and Tim over 15 years of mediation experience as private practitioners, instructors, community mediation center directors, and volunteers.  During that time we have gotten to know many of you as well as many ADR officials at the state level.  MCDR acts as your advocate, able to represent your interests in Annapolis.

Finally, we would like to ask your help in two areas:

1. If you are interested in helping MCDR grow and improve, particularly in the areas of programs, marketing and membership please send an email to MCDRadmin@earthlink.net

2. Please remember MCDR in your giving.  MCDR needs additional funds for scholarships, enabling full-time students and newly-trained mediators to join our organization at no or reduced cost.  Funds are also needed to help support our programs, outreach, and advocacy efforts.  Remember, since MCDR is a 501(c) (3) organization your donations are tax-deductible.  We offer two ways to donate: 

  • Send us a check payable to MCDR at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247, Bethesda, MD 20817, and
  • On the Home Page of this website please click the Making a Donation tab. 

Thank you, and have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017!

Tim and Maile  

Upcoming events

September 26, 2017 6:30 PM • Howard Community College, 1902 Little Patuxent Parkway, Coloumbia, MD
November 12, 2017 9:00 AM • TBD: Bethesda or Annapolis

Training for Mediators

Work Shops and Master Classes

MCDR Master Classes



                                          "MCDR AT WORK FOR YOU"     

Save the Date for the next MCDR Certification Day event to be held on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in either Bethesda or Annapolis.  More details on this event to follow.  For more information about the Certification process, please visit the Certification tab shown above.

Ellen Kandell, past president of Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution just had a chapter published in an ABA book, "Mediation for Estate Planners, Managing Family Conflict", edited by Susan N. Gary.    Ellen’s chapter is: "A Mediator's Perspective: Situations mediators May Face" with an Appendix:  "Helpful Tips for Counsel to Assist with Facilitating Mediation".

In Vienna, Austria this summer Ellen F Kandell, Esq. will be one of 70 international dispute resolution professionals who have been selected by the International Bar Association to participate  as an assessor in the 2016 Mediation and Negotiation competition.    Ellen is one of several MCDR members who are certified by both MCDR and the International Mediation Institute (IMI).

On April 14, 2016, several of your board members represented MCDR at the annual Maryland District Court ADR Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Harold Cohen, Tim Stranges, Malie Beers-Arthur, and Ed Ketchen interacted with many judges, district court staff members, and fellow ADR practitioners during this evening.

Are you interested in becoming certified internationally?  Alternative Resolutions LLC is delighted to announce that Ellen F Kandell, Esq. is one of the 70 international dispute resolution professionals selected by the International Bar Association to participate as an assessor in the 2016 Mediation and Negotiation competition.  The competition will be held in Vienna, Austria this summer.  Ellen, certified by MCDR, is one of several MCDR members who are certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).  Please contact us for more information about IMI certification.

Were you at our recent Quarterly meeting?  Almost a dozen extra chairs had to be brought into the room!  As the evening drew to a close, we wished we had more time....  Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Esq., Director of MACRO is a truly dynamic speaker. A lot of good information was shared; a lot of good questions were asked.  We wish again to say thank you to Jonathan.  Note:  Jonathan successfully completed the process and is Certified in Mediation through MCDR.  

For Our Members:  Please be sure to visit our Members' Benefits tab for information about a new option for Long Term Care; Mass Mutual, another highly respected company is offering MCDR members and their families an even greater discount!  As with all of our member benefits, these are your benefits; MCDR receives no compensation whatsoever.  If you have any questions about these benefits please contact our Director of Member Benefits, Kevin Peters: 1-301-770-5243  

Early March, 2016 Barry Weissman, MCDR Treasurer, was invited to speak at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Business Networking Association (BNA).  Over 50 small business owners were in attendance.  Given this opportunity, Barry presented a statement from David Zoll, Chairman of the Marketing and Outreach Committee.  Please take a moment to read the statement about the media and high profile disputes that could and should be resolved in mediation.  Please contact David for more information.

Are you thinking about MCDR Performance-Based Assessment and Certification?  Are you nervous or have concerns?  A Certification day is coming up soon!  Please read this important testimonial.

And just a couple of years ago: 

       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., Past President


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. 



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.

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
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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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