Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission is a multi-disciplinary statewide
body, chaired by the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court
of Appeals, and vice-chaired by Dean Donald G. Gifford of the University of
Maryland School of Law. Its work grows out of the Commission on the Future on
the Maryland Courts' recommendation to expand and implement a variety of ADR
programs. ADR Commission members include judges, legislators, state and local
government officials, lawyers, mediators, arbitrators, business representatives,
community representatives, academics, court personnel and other policy maker
from across the state.
The ADR Commission
believes that expanded and new ADR services and education will increase the
public's access to justice, make the courts more user-friendly, increase
resources for traditional litigation, empower more people to control the
outcomes of their own disputes, and promote a more peaceful and civil society.
members will collaborate to develop and implement a practical plan of action to
expand and create ADR services and public understanding in Maryland, with the
goal of leading the nation in the successful use of ADR, both within and outside
the litigation process.
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