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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.

Announcing MCDR's Mentoring Program

     Over the past year we have made significant strides in developing a mentoring program for mediators;  I am both proud and humbled to serve as the first Chairman of the new Mentoring Program CommitteeFor more information about this Program follow these links: Mentoring Program and Mentor Candidate Chart

    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 2023 President


                                                                           Michael Sallustio, J.D.

   First, I want to thank everyone for trusting me to lead MCDR into the next year.  I am honored, humbled and enthusiastic about this challenge!  I also want to congratulate the new slate of Board members and committee chairs.  I am excited to work with each of you in making this a robust and engaging year.  I want to especially thank past Vice President Monette Goodridge for recommending me to the Board in 2021 and outgoing President David Lewis for mentoring me in the ways of Board dynamics over this past year.

   It seems clich√© at this point, but I cannot go without acknowledging that 2021/23 were extremely challenging years for most of us in both our personal and professional lives.  The fear of getting together and the stress of isolation certainly took its toll.  Like many organizations, our committees were much less active and our membership took a hit.  Despite these challenges, our Board members remained committed and persevered.  Thanks to their efforts, we regained many members and managed to pull off a couple of successful programs during our last quarter. We also added four new awards to be given on a bi-annual basis:  the Sharon Pickett Lifetime Achievement Award; the Stanley Rodbell Legacy Award; the Sara Grebe Service Award; and the Book Award/Aspiring Mediator Award. We also created a new Awards Committee charged with administering all our awards.

    Because programs are a passion of mine, I plan to also be integrally involved on the Committee. The venerable Stirling Phillips is leading the Mentorship Committee and he is actively seeking volunteer mentors to provide much-needed guidance to new mediators (See Mentoring links). This is another area where I think MCDR could set itself apart from other organizations. We have so many experienced and talented mediators among us and this is one opportunity that could help seal their legacies.  And finally, the Certification Committee, led by chairperson Kate Kranitz, has long been MCDR’s flagship service.  My hope is that MCDR’s certification program becomes known throughout the state as the gold standard for training young mediators as well as furthering the growth of established ADR professionals.  

   I approach this year with enthusiasm, intention, humility, curiosity, and hope.  I want to make myself accessible to every one of you. I welcome your ideas and your insights. Let’s go out there together and educate and inspire others about the value and potential of ADR.  After all, isn’t this the core of our mission?

   I leave you with one of my favorite quotes about leadership:

“To inspire people, 

don’t show them

your super powers.

Show them theirs.”

             Alexander den Heijer

Michael Sallustio,  President MCDR

    A Message from 2019 Past President, Stirling Phillips, Esq.

     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 past year and when I served as President. It was an honor and a privilege to serve as President. We continue the tradition of providing high quality ADR/mediation education and professional training through our Quarterly meetings. 

     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. Over the past year we have made significant strides in developing a mentoring program for mediators;  I am both proud and humbled to serve as the first Chairman of the new Mentoring Program Committee. For more information about this Program follow these links: Mentoring Program and Mentor Coaching Chart.   I am also proud of our success, receiving a MACRO grant helping launch the Feedback Assessment program, offering individualized constructive feedback to mediators.

Please continue your support of MCDR.

Stirling Phillips, Esq.

MCDR Past President   


                                                         Upcoming EVENTS

                      Please click here for instructions:  How Non-Members can receive their participation certificate

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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