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PROJECT ADMINISTRATION

This on-line mediation service is administered by Roger Wolf, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Dispute Settlement at the University of Maryland School of Law, and Richard S. Granat, Director of the Center for On-Line Mediation and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Professor Wolf is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), and George Washington University School of Law (J.D.). After serving in the Peace Corps, he started the National Clearinghouse for Legal Services in 1967. He was also director of the Columbus Community Legal Services and director of the Clinical Law Program at Catholic University from 1970 to 1973 and taught at the law school until 1978. He has been teaching at the University of Maryland School of Law since 1982 where he directs the Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has been the reporter for the Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Maryland State Bar Association and has co-chaired the Committee since 1988.

Richard Granat is an authority in the intersecting fields of law firm management, legal services delivery, and new media/information technology. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law a masters degree in Organization Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University. He is the Director of the Center for Law Practice Technology, Inc. a non-profit organization engaged in training lawyers in computer technology, and research and development of new ways to deliver legal services using information technology and he is the Director of The Center for On-Line Mediation

He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Maryland Bar Association, and is a member of the Technology Task Force of the Maryland Coalition for Civil Justice. Mr. Granat is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and is listed in Who's Who in American Law.

Mr. Granat previously served as the President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the nation's first paralegal school, and was President of Automated Legal Systems, Inc., an affiliate of The Institute, that produced Litigation Manager, one of the first microcomputer-based litigation support programs approved by the American Bar Association. He has also taught at Rutgers Law School, Camden, the University of Baltimore Law School, and the District of Columbia School of Law.

 

PROJECT EVALUATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Professor Ethan Katsh and Family Mediator Stanley L. Rodbell are assisting the Project as Technical Advisors and Evaluators.

Mr. Katsh (Katsh@legal.umass.edu) is Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School. His main area of expertise is law and computer technology and he is the author of two books on the subject, Law in a Digital World (Oxford University Press, 1995) and The Electronic Media and the Transformation of Law (Oxford University Press, 1989.

Professor Katsh was co-founder of the University of Massachusetts Mediation Project and moderates the Internet Cyberdispute listserv, a discussion list oriented around online dispute resolution, and the Dispute-res listserv, a forum of over six hundred persons with interests in alternative dispute resolution. He is one of the magistrates in the Virtual Magistrate Project and is the author of The Online Ombuds Office: Adapting Dispute Resolution to Cyberspace, one of a set of papers prepared for the May, 1996 National Conference on Online Dispute Resolution.

Stanley Rodbell has worked with over one thousand couples as a mediator since 1982. He is a Graduate of the Wharton School, (B.S., University of Pennsylvania) has trained in both law (J.D., Yale University), and social work (M.S.W., University of Maryland). Mr. Rodbell has lectured on mediation at the University of Maryland Schools of Law and Social Work, and at the University of Baltimore Law School. From 1990 to 1993, he was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Family Law, chairing the committee of the Task Force investigating a family court for Maryland. Mr. Rodbell is also Member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Family Mediators, and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

 

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