Here for your benefit are links to the preeminent
ADR organizations and firms involved in mediation within the state of Maryland.
Currently, there is no formal certification to
practice as a private mediator in Maryland. To mediate
cases from the circuit courts, however, one must meet
the requirements described in Title
17 of the Maryland Rules of Procedure. The Rules
and the Maryland Standards of Conduct may be found,
along with appropriate applications on our website.
Placement on the lists does not ensure that any cases
will necessarily be referred to you.
Recognizing the many benefits
achievable though the use of ADR processes, as well as significant
successes in other states, the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge
of the Maryland Court of Appeals, created the Maryland ADR
Commission in 1998. He charged the Commission with advancing the
appropriate use of mediation and other innovative conflict
resolution processes throughout Maryland's courts, neighborhoods,
schools, government agencies, criminal and juvenile justice
programs, and businesses. Chaired by Chief Judge Bell, ADR
Commission members included judges, public officials, legislators,
ADR practitioners, community members, lawyers, business
representatives, educators and others.
Working with over 700 people around the state, the ADR Commission
developed a consensus-based Practical Action Plan titledJoin the Resolution. To implement the plan, the ADR
Commission evolved into MACRO (Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Office), which currently supports pilot projects and offers
assistance to numerous ADR programs, educational efforts, and
services in courts, schools, community mediation centers, State's
Attorney's offices, juvenile justice programs and government
agencies across the state.
Maryland has won national acclaim for its multi-faceted approach
to ADR as well as for the Maryland Judiciary's leading role in
helping to prevent disputes from reaching a stage at which court
intervention is necessary. Visit WEBSITE
Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
The major goal of the Maryland
Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME) is to assist Maryland
mediators in providing high quality mediation services to their
clients. This is accomplished by providing participating mediators
with choices for continued learning, and improvement, along with
appropriate recognition for their achievements.
The Program maintains a searchable
database of those mediators serving in the roster of the Circuit
Courts in Maryland, which is easily searchable by region, case type
of names. Please visit their website here.
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is an association whose
membership consists of mediators and arbitrators distinguished by
their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial
conflict resolution, and by their commitment to the practice of
alternative dispute resolution.
Membership is by invitation only and all Academy members have
been thoroughly reviewed and found to meet stringent practice
criteria. Members are amongst the most in-demand neutrals in
their respective states, as selected by both peers and local
litigation firms. With over 900 members throughout the
United States, the NADN is America's largest professional
association of top-tier neutrals. Visit the Academy website at www.NADN.org