Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland Law School

Type of Organization: Academic

Home Country: United States


Within the University of Maryland School of Law, the Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM) works collaboratively with public and private institutions as well as individuals and groups to: promote, enhance, and teach conflict resolution skills; research and develop conflict resolution systems; and change the way conflicts are resolved throughout the state and beyond.

In collaboration with Maryland’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and the Maryland State Department of Education, C-DRUM administers a CRE grant program that offers one-year grants, together with training and resources, to Maryland Schools K-12. More information on the schools initiative is available at A full description of the Collaborative Grant Program including highlights of some of the school programs is available here.

Through a grant from the Crane Family Foundation, C-DRUM also works in Baltimore City supporting two different projects. C-DRUM supports the development of a Baltimore City restorative practices school, Baltimore Freedom Academy, working with peer mediation and the use of circle processes. C-DRUM also administers an early intervention attendance program, Baltimore Students: Mediations about Reducing Truancy (BSMART) modelled after the truancy mediation program developed by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution.

Noteable Resources

The Center for Dispute Resolution at Maryland Carey Law (C-DRUM) recently unveiled their updated Restorative Approaches in Education website. Full of resources and information useful for individuals, schools, and organizations throughout their restorative journey. The information is organized by purpose and function and contains over 100 available videos, articles, lesson plans, manuals, and more. A few highlights include a focus on Equitable and Inclusive Restorative Approaches, featuring a series of mini-lessons on racial equity from Maryland restorative approaches experts and a podcast series “Our Stories; Our Voices” developed by Robin McNair M.Ed., founder of The Restorative Classroom and Restorative Practices Coordinator for Prince George’s County Public Schools. The five-episode podcast describes her path to restorative approaches and interviews other educators and youth-serving professionals about how restorative approaches have affected their lives.

Contact Information

Name: Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland Law School (C-DRUM)
Type: Academic

500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-1786
United States

Voice Phone: 1-410-706-3143

Fax: 1-410-706-4270

Contact person: Barbara Grochal
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