2020 Dispute Resolution Graduation

The Maryland Carey Law Dispute Resolution Program graduates represent a wide variety of experiences and accomplishments. From a dedicated academic concentration to experiential application of skills, to co-curricular student groups, this year’s dispute resolution graduates truly embraced the value of the attorney as problem-solver. Although an in-person celebration will occur at a later date, the Center for Dispute Resolution honored the graduates with a dedicated page in this year’s Maryland Carey Law virtual yearbook.

Four students graduated having completed the Dispute Resolution Track: Shannon Elias, Michael Shier, Jacob Dorfman, and Amia Price. The Dispute Resolution Track at Maryland Carey Law exposes law students to the theory, skills, and practical experience needed to navigate dispute resolution processes in a variety of legal contexts. Students graduating with the Dispute Resolution Track have completed a minimum of 17 credits from a selected group of courses including core courses, a capstone seminar, an experiential requirement (clinic, externship, or extensive work experience), and a substantial writing requirement.  

Emma Duncan (’20) a student in the Mediation Clinic and the Levitas Initiative received the 2020 Honorable Paul A. Dorf Dispute Resolution Award. First awarded in 2019, the award was established to honor the legacy of Judge Paul A. Dorf, who was at the forefront of the alternative dispute resolution movement in Maryland. The annual award recognizes a deserving graduating student who has made outstanding contributions to the study and practice of dispute resolution while at Maryland Carey Law. For the past two years Emma has dedicated herself to creating meaningful and lasting opportunities for individuals of all ages to have an appropriate place to resolve disputes. As a second-year student, Emma enrolled in the Mediation Clinic, in which she mediated small claims and employment discrimination cases. She also played a central role in developing the curriculum for the Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention. Emma’s dedication, empathy, and skills provided invaluable contributions to her clinic work, but also to the law students she mentored and the Baltimore City youth with whom she interacted. Emma is unflappable when dealing with people and conflict and brings a balance of both humility and confidence to her practice. She truly embodies the legacy of Judge Dorf. In addition to her clinical contributions Emma served as a staff editor for the Journal of International Law and represented the third-year class on the law school’s Honor Board. Emma has broad legal experience having worked at the New York City law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and as a legal intern at the National Gallery of Art where she will continue as an Attorney Advisor upon graduation.  

The Dispute Resolution Program also recognized sixteen graduates from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Teamsix students who completed the Mediation Clinic, two students who worked with the Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention, and the 2018 Ronna K. Jablow Mediation Fellow. We congratulate our dispute resolution graduates and look forward to following their future careers. 

Dispute Resolution Track
Jacob Dorfman
Shannon Elias
Amia Price
Michael Shier

Mediation Clinic
Hannah Coffin
Jacob Dorfman
Emma Duncan
Stephanie Eisig
Michoel Feldbaum
Joelys Mendez Gonzalez

Levitas Initiative 
Emma Duncan 
Anamika Roy

Ronna K. Jablow Mediation Fellow 
Emma Evans 

Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
Ji-Young (Jayne) Chung
Sudipta Das
Shannon Elias
Matthew Galey
Cymone Gosnell
Hunter Haines
Vishal Hemnani
Kevin Hendley
Trevor Hoffberger
Connor McGregor
Jacob Lichtenbaum
Elizabeth McKie
Matthew Morris
Adryan Richardson
Amit Roitman
Megan Sunderland


About Maryland Carey Law

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law was established in 1816 and began regular instruction in 1824. It is the third-oldest law school in the nation, but its innovative programs make it one of the liveliest and most dynamic today. Maryland Carey Law stands among five other professional schools on the Founding Campus of the University of Maryland. It has taken advantage of this location to become an integral part of the Baltimore-Washington legal and business community.