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Alternative Dispute Resolution

2015 Annual Meeting Section Program

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 8:00 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 10:30 am

Though arbitration still retains a significant part of its value over litigation as a means of dispute resolution, that is less and less the case with respect to larger controversies and controversies whose features unavoidably involve both litigation and arbitration.  Matters involving not just litigation in aid of discovery in arbitration but also complex cases, parts of which may or may not be arbitrable and/or litigable, present a host of strategic considerations, as do private dispute resolution proceedings not denominated in contracts as arbitration but bearing some but not all of the hallmarks of arbitration and, therefore, complicating review by vacatur under federal and state arbitration acts.  Two of the program participants, drawing from their experiences with recent sports litigation controversies, and a retired Court of Special Appeals judge, whose cases often involved aspects of arbitration, will discuss and debate such issues they have encountered in the interplay of litigation and arbitration in legal disputes.

Speakers: Judge Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. (retired) Maryland Court of Appeals; Alan M. Rifkin, Esq., Rifkin, Weiner, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC; Rachel W. Thorn, Esq., Chadbourne & Park, LLP

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Friday, June 12, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please come and join the members of the Family and Juvenile Law Section Council (FJLSC) and the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section Council (ADRSC) for their first ever combined meeting!!   Following the FJLSC business meeting, during which time we will hear an update of the work of the Commission on Child Custody Decision-Making from Judge Cynthia Callahan, Chair of the Commission, an informative panel of experts will discuss the growing use of Collaborative Law to resolve family conflicts, as well as the Collaborative Law statute passed by the State legislature last year, and the new Maryland Rule of Procedure regarding Collaborative Law.  Of course, there will be the usual frivolity and merriment as member of both Councils skewer how practitioners resolve family law conflicts - and, don't forget the door prizes!!!

Speakers: Suzy Eckstein, Esq., Collaborative Law Practitioner and In-Coming Chair of the ADR Section; Connie Kratovil-LaValle, Esq., Administrative Office of the Courts; Master James Bonifant, Circuit Court for Montgomery County and former Collaborative Law Practitioner; and the Honorable Thomas G. Ross, Judge, Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County 

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Practitioner Directories:

The ADR Section was surveyed for the 2013 Annual Program on ADR Styles. Here are the results by City and Alphabetical by Practitioner.

Alphabetical by Practitioner | City

2013/2014 Annual Report:

This Section monitored legislative initiatives during the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly, devoting special attention to proposed legislation that would incorporate provisions from the Uniform Collaborative Law Act into Maryland law. It also continued actively participating in the Mediator Dialogue Group, collaborating on a pilot project in Montgomery County and developing a Memorandum of Understanding regarding mediation referrals to private mediators in that county. The Section produced five webinars and a full day of training at its annual Spring Event, featuring Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Court of Appeals of Maryland, as guest speaker, as well as the presentation of the Section's annual Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award to Martin Kranitz. It will present a program, entitled "Making the Most of ADR in the Business Litigation Context: Putting the Counsel into Counselor", in conjunction with the Litigation and Business Law Sections at the MSBA Annual Meeting.