Toby Treem Guerin awarded top ADR honor

Clinical Law Instructor Toby Treem Guerin ’02 is the recipient of this year’s Robert M. Bell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Maryland, bestowed by the Maryland State Bar Association.

Guerin is associate director of Maryland Carey Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM), where she supports the Center’s mission to promote the power of conflict resolution to build a more just society. Annually, she teaches the Mediation Theory and Practice Seminar and the Mediation Clinic, which prepares students to be court-appointed mediators in courts, schools, and the community. Additionally, Guerin is advisor and coach to the law school’s national ADR Team and oversees the dispute resolution externship program.

For nearly 20 years, Guerin has been a leading advocate for conflict resolution and mediation in Maryland. She was the first chair of the Mediator Excellence Council. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the formation and implementation of the first practitioner-based organization in Maryland focusing on the provision of quality mediation services. She also served in leadership positions with the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, and Maryland State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and currently serves as the co-chair of the AALS Clinical Law ADR Committee.

Given by the Maryland State Bar Association ADR section, the award pays tribute to the Hon. Robert Bell, who preceded Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera ’84 on the Maryland Court of Appeals. Now retired, Judge Bell was a leader in the use of ADR in the Maryland judiciary, schools, government, and communities during his illustrious career.

For Guerin, the award is especially meaningful because its first recipient in 2007 was Prof. Roger Wolf, who founded Maryland Carey Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution in 2002.

“It is a profound honor to follow in Roger’s footsteps,” says Guerin. “He was a visionary leader in ADR, a mentor, and a friend.”

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