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Dispute Resolution

Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Section

The Dispute Resolution Section addresses issues that are relevant to both mediation and arbitration, and acts as a resource for practicing mediators, arbitrators and attorneys who utilize alternative dispute resolution.

About the Dispute Resolution Section

The Dispute Resolution Section presents one of the few opportunities for North Carolina dispute resolution professionals to share experiences and learn from one another. The section works with the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, which is responsible for certifying and regulating mediators in North Carolina State Court programs, thereby enabling section members input into policies that affect all mediators. Affiliate membership in the Dispute Resolution Section is open to non-lawyer mediators.

  • Mediators Available Pro Bono Project (MAPP)

    MAPP is a Dispute Resolution Section pro bono project through which volunteer mediators will provide up to 3 hours of free mediation services to parties with disputes valued at $10,000 or less. Volunteers must be certified for MSC mediation.

    Legal Aid of NC staff will refer cases to volunteer mediators who agree to: contact both parties and offer mediation services; arrange for mediation at convenient time and place; provide mediation services at no charge to the parties; prepare a written settlement agreement ifsettlement is reached; and complete a closing report to LANC.

    In the pilot stage of this program, MAPP can only accommodate 10 volunteers and that list is now full. If more opportunities open up, interested volunteers will be able to sign up here. Questions? Email Kim Bart Mullikin, Director of Public Service & Pro Bono Activities, at 

    Program Documents: Agreement to Participate in Mediation and Form Letters

  • Dispute Resolution in the News

    Each week, the Dispute Resolution Section highlights matters of interest to members in the national and world news. Click to view this week's article.

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  • DCC Mediation Program Video Brochure

    This video showcases how mediation is being used by the Dispute Resolution Commission to settle misdemeanor cases and to save tax dollars. 

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  • The Peacemaker newsletter

    Section members receive The Peacemaker newsletter, which recently featured the following article:

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  • Tar Heel of the Week

    Congratulations to Dispute Resolution Council Member Kate Deiter-Maradei on being named Tar Heel of the Week!

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