Director, Special Projects, Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM)Phone: (410) 706-0528
Anastasia Watson Smith, JD, joined C-DRUM in 2007 and contributes to the various trainings and facilitations offered by C-DRUM in the public and private sectors. She has provided professional training on effective communication, understanding and managing conflict, mediation skills, advanced mediation topics, negotiation, mediator ethics and restorative practices. She implemented and coordinated C-DRUM’s innovative attendance mediation program, mediating more than one hundred attendance matters. Ms. Smith provided technical assistance and advanced training in the successful expansion of attendance mediation extensively throughout Maryland. Ms. Smith also assists the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Mediation Clinic, providing training, instruction and supervision of law students in mediation and case management.
Ms. Smith graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Economics and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. As an attorney she practiced for several years in the areas of corporate, health care and higher education law, with expertise in business organization, contract and regulatory compliance. Ms. Smith received her initial training as a facilitative mediator and a settlement conference facilitator in 2004, and subsequently gained training and experience in facilitated dialogues, advanced mediation, inclusive mediation, and mediation of custody and visitation matters. Ms. Smith is also licensed as a trainer by the International Institute of Restorative Practices in restorative practices and circle processes.
Ms. Smith is a member of the Maryland Bar and the section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence. She mediates regularly for the Baltimore City District Courts in contract, small claims and landlord/tenant matters, for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights in employment and discrimination matters, and for the Anne Arundel County Conflict Resolution Center in community, attendance and parenting plan matters.