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Marvin Johnson, Class of 1980, Celebrates 25 Years of Making Peace


Catholic University law school alumnus Marvin E. Johnson, founder and executive director of the nationally-recognized Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, will celebrate a quarter-century of the center’s success during its 2012 annual conference, held June 14-15 in Greenbelt, Md.
Johnson, who is a 1980 graduate of the Columbus School of Law and also an adjunct professor on its faculty, founded the center in 1986. Its mission is to promote and provide education and comprehensive approaches to dispute resolution that constructively serve the needs of America’s culturally diverse society.

The center began as a self-sustaining entity of Bowie State University and was the first and only dispute resolution center based at a historically black college or university.  It is now affiliated with Salisbury State University and the University of the District of Columbia.
The theme of the June conference is “Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making.” It’s designed to provide public and private sector professionals with the latest information on alternative dispute resolution.
Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with over 27 years of dispute resolution experience. He has mediated and arbitrated over 1,500 cases involving for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, federal and state agencies, and local government entities.
Under his direction, the center grew from being a leader in the DC/Baltimore area to earning a reputation for excellence and respect throughout the country.
The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution was presented with the Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Dispute Resolution Section of the Maryland State Bar Association in 2010.