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.

Tim Stranges & Maile Beers-Arthur, Co-Presidents

Upcoming events

October 28, 2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Montgomery College-Germantown Campus, BioScience Education Center/Conference Center, 20200 Observation Drive
November 05, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • 1 Preserve Parkway, Suite 120, Rockville, MD
December 03, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • 1 Preserve Parkway, Suite 120 Rockville MD

Training for Mediators

Work Shops and Master Classes

MCDR Master Classes



                                          "MCDR AT WORK FOR YOU"     

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.

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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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 Bethesda, Maryland   20817

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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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