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Professionals in Conflict Resolution

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.

Meet our 2020 Co-Presidents


                                                                 David Lewis        &       Charles C. Franklin

A Holiday Message from 2020 Co-President, David Lewis

Esteemed Dispute Resolution Colleagues,

      This is a note to say Happy Holidays on behalf of the Board of MCDR. This is an exciting holiday season, since as an organisation we have several new initiatives to look forward to in the New Year.

    MCDR is eagerly anticipating the launch of our new mentorship and mediator development program under the leadership of Ms. Jamie Brooks and the newly constituted Mentorship Committee. We are still actively seeking more volunteer mentors and committee members - so please get in touch with a member of the board if you are able to give some of your professional time to working with this exciting new program for emerging mediators.

     Additionally, the MCDR Certification Committee has been very active this past year and has received some acclaim from participants for its development and successful piloting of a new Mediator Feedback program. This new Mediator Feedback program is suitable for providing valuable insights and peer perspectives to mediators at any stage in their career. This program can uniquely provide valuable colleague feedback to both solo and co-mediation pairs. The Board expects that this program will be gradually scaled up and made generally available to all Maryland mediators in 2020.

     We are also very fortunate to have a new Program Chairperson, Ms. LaVerne Day. We are anticipating some exciting new Quarterly meeting programming under her leadership, including a jeopardy session to get everyone’s 2-hour ethics fulfilled, an MCDR party, and a panel discussion on the intersection of race, culture, and mediation.

     MCDR is grateful for your continued contribution and involvement in our professional organisation. We invite you to continue your commitment to MCDR’s professional programs in 2020 and welcome your valued feedback, ideas, and insights at any time. We all hope you will have a happy and healthy Holiday Season.

All the best,

David Lewis, Co-President,

On behalf of the 2019-20 MCDR Board of Directors

    A Message from 2019 Past President, Stirling Phillips

     First, I want to congratulate the new Board members on their election to the MCDR Board of Directors. Thankfully, most Board members are continuing to serve in this new term so there is significant experience at the helm of MCDR. Consequently, I believe these are exciting times ahead for MCDR as the Board will be at full strength as it starts its new term. Second, I want to thank the previous Board and MCDR members for your support and participation over the two years I served as President. It was an honor and a privilege to serve as President. We continued the tradition of providing high quality ADR/mediation education and professional training through our Quarterly meetings covering topics such Difficult Conversations, Bystander Intervention, and Practical Problems of Real Mediation Practice.  We honored Cam Crockett, one of our founders and celebrated MCDR certified mediators with the Sharon Pickett award. We also celebrated and reflected on 20+ years as an organization. We were saddened by the great loss of Professor Roger Wolf, a former MCDR president and early developer of the MCDR certification process.

     We continue to provide our unique independent peer reviewed certification processes which is a time tested and proven tool for the market to identify high quality mediators. We have made significant strides in developing a mentorship program for mediators. Beginning this term, MCDR will have a Mentor Committee Chair to lead the way in implementing the MCDR mentorship program.  I am proud of our success in launching the Feedback Assessment program by offering, individualized, constructive feedback to mediators.

Please continue your support of MCDR.

Stirling Phillips

MCDR Immediate Past President   


June 23, 2019

Sharon Pickett Award Presentation & 20th Anniversary Celebration

     The event was totally sold out!  The weather was beautiful.  The venue at the Sheraton Silver Spring was lovely.  The floral arrangements, centerpieces selected by Edie Guidice were perfect; food selected by Monette Goodridge, our Vice President was extraordinary in quality, presentation and quantity.  The stage had been set for a perfect event, flawless in execution.                                                

Cam Crockett the recipient of the Bi-Annual Sharon Pickett Award receiving the award plaque from MCDR President, Stirling Phillips

    The Award and all that happened around it was so wonderful and I cannot thank you enough for all you did to make it so very special.   It is rare in one's life when you get to gather so many people in one place that you have loved and worked with, and have the honor and joy of their appreciation.  I was deeply moved and touched by so much of what was said it was surprising that I didn't just sit there and weep.

     I thought that every part of the day went perfectly.  The food was delicious and the flowers were incredible.  Please accept my most sincere appreciation for this incredible labor of love that your wonderful team achieved. 

Cam Crockett

     In private practice over 35 years, Cam has mediated over 5,000 cases. She is affiliated with the Maryland State Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Women's Bar Association of Maryland, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), and Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable. Cam is a founding member and still active in MCDR.  She is both MCDR Certified and a Certification Assessor.  She was one of the original trainers for the Family Mediation Association (FMA), founded by O.J. Googler. FMA initiated divorce mediation in the United States.  Cam was one of the individuals working to develop a divorce education program & divorce mediation in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, now in operation for over twenty years.

     A few of the distinguished individuals invited to the podium to say a few words included Carl Schneider, Doug Brookman & Martin Kranitz (Shown Below), Rob Ketcham, Barb Williams, Harold Cohen, and the list goes on.  Clearly this was a very special time and touching memories were made.


     During the 20th Anniversary Celebration which followed, Martin Kranitz and others shared the history of MCDR.  They shared stories going back to the 1980s about the precursors of today’s MCDR.  Stirling remembered two individuals critical to the development of MCDR not with us today:  Roger Wolf and Sarah Grebe.

A truly a memorable event has been created

December 7, 2018:  MCDR was one of many exhibitors at the bi-annual Maryland Mediators Convention sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary, MACRO/MPME.

A Major "Thank You" Goes Out....

     To all our colleagues who stopped by speaking with us about Trainings, Certification, our Mentor/Mentee Initiative, upcoming Programs, Master Classes, and next summer's Sharon Pickett Award/20th Anniversary celebration!

     To all those mediators signing up as new members of MCDR.  And to those renewing their memberships. 

     To Janne, MCDR's Membership Chairperson & Barry, Treasurer for their work at the exhibit table.  To all MCDR past presidents, Stirling Phillips our current president, and past & present board members who stopped by to help.  We are especially pleased that so many MCDR members were in attendance. 

    To Officense and Minnesota Lawyers Mutual (MLM) for exhibiting at the convention and for their supporting MCDR by offering benefits to our membership.

     To all those individuals at MACRO for their exhaustive work over the past year creating and executing such a sophisticated, wonderful and exciting event.  You made us all proud.  Thank you.    

MCDR is proud to have sponsored via the Sarah Grebe Fund

three fully registered participants to the convention:  

     The Sarah Grebe Fund provides needs-based scholarships to those who might want to enroll or participate in ADR or mediation classes.  Sarah Grebe Fund can also be used for specific or special ADR mediation projects.  Each grant request made to the Sara Grebe Fund is reviewed and approved by a vote of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. 

     Contributions can be made using the "How to Make a Donation or Leave a Legacy" tab shown above or by sending your check to our Bethesda office.

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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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