What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral person, a mediator, works
with people in a dispute to communicate with one another, understand
each other, and if possible reach agreements that satisfy the participants'
Mediation is a voluntary process that allows the participants to
develop an agreement that will work for everyone involved. By agreeing
to mediation, the participants do not give up their legal rights.
Why should I consider mediation?
There are many reasons that people chose mediation either before
or after entering the litigation system. Such reasons include:
o Ability to determine your own outcome to the dispute
o Resolve the dispute in less time
o Save money
o Preserve relationships- this can be especially important in family
and business situations
o Confidentiality protections
o Can still pursue other avenues of resolution if no agreement is
Is my dispute appropriate for mediation?
Almost any civil dispute is appropriate for mediation
even if other methods have already been tried. Mediation
is often used for landlord and tenant situations,
family disagreements, neighbor conflicts, and employer/employee
disputes. Increasingly mediation is utilized for high
value contractual disagreements, medical malpractice
and insurance claims, and administrative hearings.
The trained intake staff at C-DRUM will work with you to determine
if mediation is the correct process for your situation.
How do I arrange a mediation or get more information?
You may schedule a mediation session or place further inquiries
to the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland
School of Law at 410-706-3836 or by sending an email to