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Maryland Carey Law Alumni Lead Maryland ADR Innovations

(from left to right:) Mala Malhotra-Ortiz ’04, Scottie Reid ’82, Jonathan Rosenthal ’91, C-DRUM Managing Director Toby Treem Guerin ’02, Rachel Wohl ’88, & Maureen Denihan ’04

What do the leaders of the Maryland Judiciary’s alternative dispute resolution programs have in common? They are all graduates of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law:

  • Rachel Wohl ’88 recently retired executive director of the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO);
  • Mala Malhotra-Ortiz ’04, director of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ADR Division;
  • Scottie Reid ’82, deputy director of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ADR Division;
  • Jonathan Rosenthal ’91, executive director of the District Court of Maryland ADR Office;
  • and Maureen Denihan ’04, deputy director of the District Court of Maryland ADR Office

They all sat down to discuss their work, their time at Maryland Carey Law, their vision for ADR in Maryland, and their ideas concerning the important role that the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law (C-DRUM) can play in the ADR community.

All of these Maryland ADR leaders take great pride in overseeing programs that create opportunities for people to work through conflicts and develop creative solutions. They view dispute resolution as a way for people to access a range of solutions. This can foster public trust and confidence in the judiciary. According to Wohl, “The most gratifying part of my job was knowing that the Maryland Judiciary, through MACRO, collaborated to foster growth and innovation in the field. MACRO grants programs were used as catalysts to support services such as community mediation, community conferencing, and District Court and Maryland Court of Special Appeals mediation programs, which are free and accessible to the public.”

As ADR has grown in the state, the ADR course offerings have expanded at Maryland Carey Law. While in law school, these ADR leaders took classes such as counseling and negotiation, the mediation clinic, environmental law, and mediation theory and practice. Denihan stated that these ADR courses “opened [her] eyes to the alternative ways to look at conflict and provided a greater understanding of the legal system and the role of dispute resolution.” For most, the courses resonated with their general sense of effective ways to explore conflict and empower individuals.

Moving forward, the leaders foresee both challenges and opportunities for the field of dispute resolution. Through their work and that of many other trailblazers in dispute resolution, what first began as an alternative to resolving disputes is becoming more integrated with the legal process. This acceptance of dispute resolution—mediation specifically—into the fabric of the court has increased its availability and created more knowledgeable judges, attorneys, and consumers. At the same time, the challenge exists to maintain the integrity and alternative nature of the process.  To this end, Rosenthal and others commented on the important role that C-DRUM plays in educating the business, human resource, and legal communities through its continuing education programs and research. “When lawyers develop the ability to use ADR to help their clients, it benefits the legal system as a whole,” said Rosenthal.

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Rachel Wohl ’88

Mala Malhotra-Ortiz ’04

Scottie Reid ’82

Jonathan Rosenthal ’91

Maureen Denihan ’04


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