As the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM) begins its tenth year, the law school is proud to announce C-DRUM’s newly formed partnership with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law to offer a professional skills program in March 2013. The collaboration brings together two law schools that are nationally recognized for their programs in dispute resolution and skills training.
Located at UM Carey Law, the new professional skills program includes eight interactive courses taught by Maryland and Pepperdine faculty and many other national conflict resolution experts. It is designed for beginning or advanced mediators, program administrators, advocates, and business and non-profit leaders. The workshops include a basic mediation course as well as diverse topics such as collaborative family law, representing clients in mediation, ADR programs in the public sector, advanced skills for experienced mediators, strategic negotiation, and mindfulness for lawyers and judges. More information about the courses and registration is available here. .
This fall, on November 2, UM Carey Law’s Journal of Business & Technology Law and C-DRUM will co-sponsor “Business Arbitration: Redefining the Landscape of Efficient Business Practices,” a symposium.
The symposium and Pepperdine collaboration are just two of many ADR initiatives by UM Carey Law, where students learn the meaning of “lawyer as problem-solver.” The law school was among the first to establish a Mediation Clinic, in which students receive intensive mediation training and practice as neutrals in small claims, employment, and other civil cases. Its ADR curriculum includes courses that bring together theory and practice in mediation, arbitration, and negotiation and has been expanded this year to include collaborative family law and labor arbitration. Its ADR Team is growing and UM Carey Law will host the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition this academic year.
C-DRUM’s work extends beyond the halls of the law school. Last year, in partnership with the Maryland Judiciary, it trained its fourth class of Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows, which provides Maryland leaders in government, business, and non-profit organizations with intensive training in consensus-building and collaborative decision-making to address challenging policy issues.
In addition, C-DRUM is one of three institutions hired by the Maryland Judiciary to collaborate on a ground-breaking comprehensive policy and program analysis of the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of ADR in Maryland courts. This multi-year project will contribute to the strategic use of ADR in Maryland and enhance the field of national ADR research.
C-DRUM’s School Conflict Resolution Education Program, another partnership with the Maryland Judiciary and with the state’s Department of Education, is in its tenth year of providing training and support to public schools for peer mediation, anti-bullying, and other conflict resolution programs to promote safer schools. C-DRUM’s attendance mediation program is expanding in partnership with Community Mediation Maryland to offer mediation services to combat absenteeism and improve attendance rates across the state. C-DRUM also offers specialized mediation and conflict resolution training and systems design for workplaces, agencies, and businesses. For information, visit www.cdrum.org.