MCDR Fall Quarterly Meeting & C.E. Program

  • October 21, 2019
  • 5:30 PM
  • Judicial College Education & Conference Center (JCECC)

We anticipate this to be a very well attended event.  So that we can know how many attendees to expect and be able to offer everyone a seat, please be sure to RSVP MCDR's Programs Chairperson, LaVerne Day at:  laverneday@crwp-eaglesystems.com


Join Your Colleagues at MCDR's Fall Quarterly Meeting

When:  Monday Evening, October 21, 2019

Where: Judicial College Education and Conference Center (JCECC)

2011-D Commerce Park Drive

Annapolis, MD 21401     

Please Arrive by 5:30 pm for announcements, networking and animated conversation with your ADR colleagues

This is a pot luck event!

MCDR will provide biodegradable paper products, and utensils.

Whatever you decide to bring, please be considerate of our vegan, glutton free, and food allergic colleagues.


   We expect the program to begin promptly at 6:00 pm


The Program


 MEDIATOR ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS:  EDUCATING THE PUBLIC AND CLIENTS ABOUT ADR

     You are cordially invited to a presentation on how you may satisfy your mediator ethical obligation to educate the public about ADR. 

Background

     The ADR Section of the MD State Bar identified a lack of comprehensive information for consumers on the variety of dispute resolution options available to Marylanders.  To address this gap, the Section partnered with Anne Arundel Community College to create a set of materials that describes ways to resolve conflicts without going to court.  The materials, referenced as “ADR in a Box” because they are conveniently packaged for speakers to use when making a presentation, include a video on four of the most common ADR processes in Maryland:  mediation, collaborative practice, settlement conferencing, and community conferencing.  

     “ADR in a Box” has already had an impact. The Orphans’ Court ADR program in Prince George’s County, one of the unique court programs that refers cases to mediation, collaborative practice, and settlement conferences, shares the video with its litigants.  The ADR Section has shared the video at conferences and an entire session was devoted to “ADR in a Box” at the 2019 State Bar Annual Meeting.  Professors at Anne Arundel Community College and at Maryland Carey Law now include the “ADR in a Box” video in their class assignments.  The Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, a community-based mediation provider, has linked the video to its webpage and routinely refers participants and volunteers to watch it for more information.  Furthermore, several dispute resolution practitioners and attorneys have expressed interest in using the video for their clients.  “ADR in a Box” recently received the “Section Project of the Year” Award from the State Bar in recognition of the hundreds of hours of volunteer time provided by members of the ADR Section and the long-term impact on consumer awareness and education.

Why You Should Attend  

     After introducing its main elements, John Greer and Erin Gable will discuss how using “ADR in a Box” may satisfy:

  • ·         Standard IX of the MD Standards of Conduct for Mediators, Arbitrators, and Other ADR Practitioners that requires neutrals to use their knowledge in the ADR field to help educate the public about ADR, as well as to make ADR accessible to those who would like to use it; 
  • ·         Standard IX of the MPME Standards of Conduct for Mediators that obligates mediators to participate in outreach and education efforts to assist the public in developing an improved understanding of, and appreciation for, mediation; and 
  • ·         For attorneys, Comment 5 to Rule 19-302.1 of the MD Rules of Professional Conduct that states when a matter is likely to involve litigation and, in the opinion of the attorney, one or more forms of ADR are reasonable alternatives, the attorney should advise the client about those reasonable alternatives.

     To help you put “ADR in a Box” in a broader context of ADR decision-making, David Lewis will discuss the concept of “Guided Process Choice” in the field of ADR, which was the subject of his BCL research thesis at the University of Oxford. This presentation will elucidate the “Guided Process Choice” concept and make practitioners aware of its relevance to practice, in particular to ethical practice. This section of the presentation will expand on some of the modalities for effecting “Guided Process Choice” in ADR, including the use of the  “ADR in a Box” educational resource and toolkit. There will also be a discussion of where in the conflict trajectory “Guided Process Choice” can be most effectually utilized to help clients and their attorneys align to the best possible ADR process for their particular dispute. The idea being that an educated choice can be made to allow for the optimal alignment of people, problem, process, and practitioner -  allowing for the greatest chance for the expeditious resolution of intractable disputes.

     We recommend that you view the “ADR in a Box” video prior to the October 21 meeting.  It may be found on the ADR Section website at https://www.msba.org/for-members/sections/adr/

For more information about our presenters please click on the links below

John Greer's Personal Bio.docx   Erin's Personal bio.docx

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Guided Process Choice Description – 30 Minutes Following the main presentation of “ADR in a Box”

     Following the main presentation of “ADR in a Box”, David Lewis will present a section on the concept of “Guided Process Choice” in the field of ADR, which was the subject of his BCL research thesis at the University of Oxford. This presentation will elucidate the “Guided Process Choice” concept and make practitioners aware of its relevance to practice, in particular to ethical practice. This section of the presentation will expand on some of the modalities for effecting “Guided Process Choice” in ADR, including the use of the  “ADR in a Box” educational resource and toolkit. There will also be a discussion of where in the conflict trajectory “Guided Process Choice” can be most effectually utilised to help clients and their attorneys align to the best possible ADR process for their particular dispute. The idea being that an educated choice can be made to allow for the optimal alignment of people, problem, process, and practitioner -  allowing for the greatest chance for the expeditious resolution of intractable disputes.

For more information about our presenter please click on the link below

David Lewis' Profile.docx

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     At the conclusion of our program a certificate for 2 Hours of ADR related continuing education will be presented to MCDR members in good standing.

     In order to help defray our costs, for Non-Members a certificate will be available for $10.00 at the membership desk.  Certificates will also be made available for secure online purchase at MCDR.org.

We truly hope you will attend!

In order for your Programs Committee to plan for seating, food & space, please be sure to RSVP to:

LaVerne Day, Programs Committee Chairperson

laverneday@crwp-eaglesystems.com




            
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