Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Note: The District Court of Maryland ADR Office has temporarily suspended their internship program.

As information develops, this page will be updated.  Please direct all questions to internship supervisor for the ADR Office, Sarah Kauffman at 410-260-3741or

ADR Internship Program

Intern Opportunities
What can interns do?

Intern Application (PDF)
Fax Applications to:

Becoming an ADR Intern

Interns working at the District Court of Maryland ADR Office have the opportunity to learn about court-related civil ADR Programs; ADR processes utilized in court-connected civil ADR programs; managing a volunteer roster of ADR professionals; and observe the perceptions, positions and expectations of litigants, attorneys, court staff, judges and ADR professionals during a civil case ADR proceeding.

Internship applicants may have the opportunity to conduct research and analyze collected information. They may assist in evaluating the pretrial or day of trial ADR programs. Qualified interns will also have the opportunity to observe mediation and settlement conference sessions, depending on the case load. Applications are accepted for winter, summer and fall internships.


Internship Requirements

Internships are open to enrolled bachelor’s degree, graduate and law students. The Program Administration Support Position is open to associate’s and bachelor’s degree candidates as well. Internship opportunities are only available Monday through Friday between the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Interns must:
  • Be self-motivated and able to operate independently with a minimum of direction
  • Demonstrate the maturity and flexibility needed to deal positively with a wide variety of people, including the general public
  • Have sound judgment
  • Present a professional appearance and a pleasant demeanor
  • Experience researching legal issues, including drafting legal memorandums and briefs
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills and be computer literate
  • (For law school student applicants only) Completed at least one year of law school including the following courses: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Legal Research and Writing, and Torts.
Other skills which are recommended, depending on the project or program to which the intern is assigned include:
  • Completion of 40-hour basic mediation training
  • Experience working with statistics and statistical software
  • Experience in a program evaluation position
  • Familiarity with the hierarchy of the Maryland Judiciary and the jurisdiction of the District Court
  • Proficient in legal terminology and appropriate citation formats
  • Course work in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Counseling and Negotiation, Evidence, Mediation, Conflict Negotiation, Professional Responsibility or Trial Planning and Advocacy.

Earning Credit for Your Internship

While internships are unpaid, the program is evolving and provides a unique opportunity for creative and motivated individuals to work at the cutting edge of judicial change. Interns have the opportunity to meet and work with judges, court personnel, private and community ADR practitioners, and attorneys at one or more of the District Court of Maryland locations. The District Court of Maryland ADR Office will work to accommodate the hourly and credit needs of the academic externship program. An intern must provide a minimum of 8 hours a week (non-credit seeking) or a minimum of 16 hours a week (credit seeking) for a 12-week period. Interns will be scheduled according to their availability reconciled against the needs of the Court.

ADR Intern Positions

All ADR Interns will be assigned reading material to help enhance the intern’s understanding of mediation and other types of ADR. Reading material will be assigned weekly. All ADR interns are required to maintain an ADR Journal. The ADR journal shall include an entry after each reading assignment. The ADR Journal should prepare the intern for the individual or group reading debrief where interns are expected to discuss their interpretation of the reading and discuss how the assigned reading is related to their internship position.

Research and Writing

Research an assigned ADR-related topic and prepare written research paper.

Example Topics: Medical Malpractice ADR; Other Court-related ADR Programs; Ethics; How Other Jurisdictions Define Confidentiality; Enforcing Mediation Settlement Agreements; Partnerships with Community Mediation Centers; The Attorney-Mediator's Role as a Neutral; Preparing Your Clients for Mediation; Standards of Conduct for ADR Professionals and Social Workers, Attorneys, Therapists, Psychologists, etc...; Why Mediators Need Malpractice Insurance; etc.... (mandatory component)

Pre-Trial ADR Program Support

  • Review cases prior to trial to determine if they are suitable candidates for mediation or settlement conferencing.
  • Contact parties or their representatives to explain ADR process available pretrial and day of trial. If the parties agree, schedule the ADR session.
  • Complete and maintain pretrial ADR program documentation.
  • Manage the pretrial ADR process to ensure that cases are handled promptly and effectively.
  • Observe mediation and settlement conferencing session scheduled by the intern.
  • Make recommendations for improving the pre-trial ADR program.

Day of Trial ADR Observations will be asked to travel to a variety of courthouse locations to provide the intern with an assortment of experiences. Dates and times of the observation locations will be subject to the availability of the intern and the ADR Program Schedule. After each session, the ADR intern will write a report including the nature of the dispute, the outcome, and the intern’s observations of the parties, the mediators and attorneys, if present. At the end of the internship the intern will be asked to call on her perceptions of ADR prior to the internship, and along with assigned readings must write about if or how the observations have changed her opinion and beliefs of alternative dispute resolution.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the ADR Internship Application. Prepare answers to questions E1-E3 on a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Include your resume.
  3. Include any training certificates, as indicated on the ADR Internship Application.
  4. Prepare a cover letter.
  5. Mail to:
    District Court of Maryland, ADR Office
    251 Rowe Boulevard, Suite 307
    Annapolis, Maryland 21401
    Attn: Internship Program

Questions concerning the District Court of Maryland ADR Office Internship Program may be directed to the ADR Office at 410-260-3741.

Please note: A civil and criminal background check will be required of all applicants.

The District Court of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Rev. 06/12/2020