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Externship Unlocks Access to ADR in Federal Government

The Maryland Judiciary’s national leadership in ADR and the law school's proximity to federal sector dispute resolution programs create rich opportunities for Maryland Carey law student externships.

This past summer, rising third-year Jason Rubinstein interned for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center (CPRC) within the Office of General Counsel. The Center serves as a crucial support hub for administering ADR policy, supporting agency-wide ADR efforts, and assisting other EPA offices by reaching out to third-party neutrals for support in both litigation and non-litigation matters. During his internship, Rubinstein engaged in a variety of assignments that merged his interest and experience in environmental law and policy and ADR.

Rubinstein helped the CPRC work to facilitate public forums on environmental issues stemming from ocean acidification. This included researching the environmental problems associated with ocean acidification, evaluating ways of remedying climate change and ocean acidification impacts, identifying stakeholders for public forums, and helping to select third-party neutrals with the proper qualifications to effectively administer these forums.

Within the ADR policy context, Rubinstein researched and wrote a paper on the complex topic of exemption of mediation communication from confidentiality protections and later briefed the Deputy Attorney General on his findings. He also wrote articles on Article III and Prudential Standing as they apply to the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Like many students who engage in ADR externships at Maryland Carey Carey Law, Rubinstein worked closely with highly regarded and committed professionals in the ADR field. He gained invaluable experience by attending meetings, observing ADR committees, and learning directly about the role of ADR in the federal government.

Currently, Rubinstein is interning for the United States Department of Energy, where he works with attorneys to utilize methods of ADR to temper matters of contention and litigation disputes with other federal agencies.

In addition to the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center at the Environmental Protection Agency placement, Maryland Carey Law students have engaged in ADR-related externships at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Orphans’ Court of Baltimore County, American Society for International Law, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


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