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1/11/23 New Intestacy Laws Update

Effective October 1, 2023, Maryland has adopted new laws of intestacy and registered domestic partnerships.  ADR professionals, estate planning and administration, and family law attorneys should all become well-versed in the present laws due to their impact on Maryland families, including our own families.

New Intestacy Summary Grid for MSBA 1-11-2024 Webinar

12/1/23 Alternative Opportunities for ADR Professionals


Jonathan Rosenthal, Esq.
Director, ADR Division of FEMA

John Greer, Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator, Adjunct Professor, Settlement Conference Officer
Patuxent Mediation Services, LLC

4/24/23 ADR Spring Seminar

When Good Mediators Make Bad Decisions: A Look at Ethical Fading in Mediation


Stephanie Blondell

2/3/23 You’ve Taken the 40 Hour Mediation Training

5/24/22 ADR Spring Seminar – Mediation Ethics: Implicit Bias, Race and Mediator Awareness


Joyce A.G. Mitchell. Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator, Neutral Evaluator
Joyce A. Mitchell & Associates, PC

Luke V. Fredericks, J.D.
Assistant Professor, Anne Arundel Community College

Joyce Mitchell’s Presentation
Maryland Standard of Conduct for Mediators
Program Brochure
Training Practice Scenario


Jeff Trueman, Esq.
Mediator and Arbitrator

Michael K. Lewis, Esq.
JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Hearing Officer, Special Master, and Neutral Evaluator

Hon. Dennis M. Sweeney (Ret.)
JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator, Mediator for Court of Special Appeals


Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold
Founder & Owner, Gold Enterprises, LLC

Ms. Tara Taylor, MPA
Managing Director, ADR Vantage, Inc.



3/23/22 Repairing the Harm: An Introduction to Restorative Justice in Maryland


Dana Coles, Director, Prince George’s County Community Conferencing

Quince Hopkins, Director, Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention

Georgia Noone-Sherrod, Executive Director, Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center

Perry Paylor, Deputy State’s Attorney, Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland

Ben Stevenson, Division Chief, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation

Presentation Slides

12/2/21 ADR Webinar: The Expedited Collaborative Process

Speakers: Connie Kratovil-Lavelle, Esq., Kathy Brisette-Minus, Esq., LJ Pelham, Esq.

Presentation slides
Accompanying materials

4/21/21 Chief Judge Bell Award Presentation

How to be Heard in ADR: Verbal and Non-Verbal Gestures

Originally presented on 3/24/21.

Webinar: How Mediators are Using the New Parenting Plan Tool

Originally presented 1/27/21 to the MSBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Click below to download an accompanying article from Magistrate Paul B. Eason, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County: New Year, New Rule, Joint Parenting Plans Have Arrived.

Download Article

Notice of Postponement of 2021 Chief Judge Bell Award

Responding to suggestions from the bench, bar and from ADR section members regarding a 2021 Chief Judge Bell (CJB) Award, the MSBA ADR Section Council has discussed the issue and voted to postpone the request for nominations for a 2021 CJB Award and will instead focus on truly honoring Toby Guerin, our 2020 recipient, during a 2021 event. As you may remember, our Spring Event to honor the 2020 CJB award recipient was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The ADR Section Council is committed to a virtual event in 2021. The 2020 recipient of the Chief Judge Bell Award, Toby Guerin, will be honored at that event.

Details will follow regarding the format for the Spring 2021 event. We can’t wait to connect with our community and appreciate all of the communication and feedback that we have received so far this year.

-MSBA ADR Section Council


Previous Recipients of the Chief Judge Bell Award

2023 – Erricka Bridgeford
2020 – Toby Treem Guerin, Esq.
2019 – Hon. Thomas G. Ross
2018 – Louise Phipps Senft, Esq.
2017 – Dr. Lorig Charkoudian
2016 – Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser
2015 – Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Esq.
2014 – Martin A. Kranitz
2013 – Rachel A. Wohl, Esq.
2012 – Patricia A. Miller, Esq.
2011 – Hon. Melanie A. Vaughn
2010 – Marvin E. Johnson, Esq.
2008 – Ramona Buck
2007 – Roger C. Wolf


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