2020 Dispute Resolution Graduation
Dispute Resolution Track
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. Although dispute resolution is relevant for all lawyers, the Track is especially appropriate for students who want to pursue careers as complex civil litigators, transactional attorneys, in-house counsel, public policy leaders, or third-party neutrals (e.g., mediators, collaborative attorneys, ombudsmen). 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.
Joelys Mendez Gonzalez
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team graduates
Ji-Young (Jayne) Chung
Barry Gogel, Adjunct Professor
Levitas Initiative students
Marissa Neuman Jachman
The Honorable Paul A. Dorf Dispute Resolution Award: Emma Duncan
First awarded in 2019, the Dorf Dispute Resolution 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 2L 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 not only in the Mediation Clinic and the Levitas Initiative, 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.
Ronna K. Jablow Summer Mediation Fellow
The Fellowship was established in loving memory of Ronna K. Jablow, an attorney who found her true passion in mediation. After practicing law, she became a community mediator and went on to become the director of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program at the Baltimore City Circuit Court. The Fellowship creates an opportunity for law students to address conflicts and social challenges through the lens of community-based dispute resolution. Evening student, Emma Evans, served as the second Ronna K. Jablow Mediation Fellow during the summer of 2018. Her fellowship supported Community Mediation Maryland, a statewide non-profit of community mediation centers. Emma’s work focused on prisoner re-entry mediation where she provided valuable intake and mediation opportunities to individuals prior to release from incarceration. Following her summer fellowship, Emma continued to work with Community Mediation Maryland as the Hagerstown Prison Re-entry Mediation Coordinator.
Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM) Faculty and Staff
Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, Professor of Law, Director C-DRUM
Toby Treem Guerin, Clinical Instructor, Associate Director, C-DRUM
Stacy Smith, Director of Special Projects, C-DRUM
Barbara Sugarman Grochal, Director School Conflict Resolution Education Program, C-DRUM
Aisha Samples, Program Specialist, C-DRUM
Quince Hopkins, Director, Erin Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention
Jenna Balaban, Fellow, Erin Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention
Teresa Christian, Mediation Clinic Paralegal