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Alternative Dispute Resolution

2015 Annual Meeting Section Program

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

SECTION BREAKFAST/BUSINESS MEETING

8:30 am - 10:30 am

LITIGATION IN AID OR AVOIDANCE OF ARBITRATION
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

FIFTY SHADES OF RESOLUTION
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

2014/2015 Annual Report:

This Section presented a webinar on Arbitration, featuring former Court of Special Appeals Judge Albert J. Matricciani, in January, and held a “pizza and professionalism” program on Effectiveness of Mediator Strategies in Custody Mediation based on the Maryland Judiciary Statewide Evaluation of Alternative Dispute Resolution in February. It presented its Annual Spring Event, co-sponsored by the National Family Resiliency Center, in conjunction with the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council in April, consisting of a daylong training followed by its Spring Dinner Presentation, which featured the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia, Court of Appeals of Maryland. The Section also bestowed its annual Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award upon attorney Jonathan S. Rosenthal.