Alternative Dispute Resolution

Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence Prepares for Roll-out

Four years ago, the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), under the leadership of the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals and with the assistance of representatives from every segment of the ADR community set out to collaboratively design a practical system to support high quality mediation practice in Maryland. After a great deal of thought, effort and many working meetings, the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence was designed.

The Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME), the first of its kind in the nation, is designed to provide mediators with an array of options to continue their professional development on the mediator excellence Atree.@ Branches on the tree include mentoring, training, case and ethics discussions, consumer education, regional networks, observation opportunities, evaluation, certification, and a grievance/ombuds program. A summary of the MPME along with Task Group reports will be provided shortly on MACRO's website:

Six regional meetings have been scheduled to update Maryland mediators with information about the MPME and to explain how individuals can get involved. This is a very important venture. No other state has developed a statewide consensus regarding mediator quality assistance measures. Maryland is the first in the nation to achieve such a plan which meets the needs both of the practitioner community and of the general public.

The locations and dates of the regional forums are as follows (all from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.):

Central Maryland (Baltimore area) on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at The Maryland Department of Transportation, Harry Hughes Conference Center, Ground Floor, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076

Southern Maryland (California) on Wednesday, October 26, 2005, at the Higher Education Center, Room 155, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619

Eastern Shore (Salisbury) on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, at Salisbury University, The Scarborough Student Leadership Center, Room 206, 1204 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801

Northern Maryland (Cecil County) on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at Cecil County Public Library, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921

Western Maryland (Cumberland) on Tuesday, November 29, 2005, at Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road, SE, Cumberland, MD 21502

Central Maryland (Silver Spring) on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at Long Branch Public Library, 8800 Garland Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Fax-back RSVP forms are available on MACRO's website at For more information, contact Cheryl Jamison, MACRO's Quality Assistance Coordinator, at 410-841-2260.