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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 Message from 2019 Past President, Stirling Phillips

    It is my pleasure to serve as the 2020 MCDR Past President.  Working together with our 2020 Co-Presidents, David Lewis & Charles C. Franklin, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors we will build on the efforts of our past presidents; I thank them for their service.   I have served as a volunteer mediator for over eight years, a court family mediation administrator and recently began a private mediation practice. Prior to that, I worked as an attorney for the federal government, in house counsel and as a management consultant.

    We seek to realize the vision of MCDR promoting cooperative non-adversarial approaches as a first resort rather than the last.  By utilizing education, training, promoting mediator standards through the certification process and partnering with other organizations, we will work to fulfill the mission of MCDR promoting and expanding the use of ADR throughout the state of Maryland.  

    At MCDR, our primary goal is to successfully mentor practitioners within three seemingly disparate aspects of individual development: Business, Spiritual, and Professional. One way we will accomplish this goal is to expand the use of Master classes refining the skills of our members.  We strongly believe in the certification process and hope to expand the number of mediators taking MCDR certification assessment. We plan to vigorously make the case that certification is an important part of professional development and germane to the bottom line of the private practitioner.    

    Another key goal is marketing MCDR more broadly so that other organizations that may need its services and that of its members are sufficiently knowledgeable of how MCDR can serve as a resource.  As a state-wide organization, we will continue making efforts to provide services throughout the state of Maryland and act as an advocate before state bodies promoting the interests of the MCDR community.

   Going forward we will need your help achieving these and other goals. We must work as team. I invite you to take the next step, making the most of your membership by getting involved. Please contribute to our efforts by participating in MCDR programs such as marketing and membership, serve on one of our several committees, volunteer.  Please let us know how you would like to help in an email to

   Finally, please remember MCDR in your giving.  Funds are needed to help support our programs, outreach, and advocacy efforts.  Remember, since MCDR is a 501(c) (3) organization your donations will be tax-deductible.  We offer two ways to donate:  Send us your check payable to Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution 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. We look forward serving MCDR, the community and our stakeholders

Stirling Phillips, 2020 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.

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247
 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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