Using my skills and the mediation process to support people’s strengths is hopeful work.

MD divorce Mediation Donna Duquette-jd

Donna Duquette, J.D.

People sometimes ask if I find my work upsetting or demoralizing. On the contrary – it’s inspiring. I’m honored to be invited into people’s lives to do peace-making work. I believe that as human beings we are inherently capable, creative, and compassionate. Even when great stress and fear might make this hard for my clients to believe about one another, my own belief has yet to be shaken.

Most of the people I work with find resolution. Therefore, I see more than the upset – I see people making thoughtful plans for the future; parents expressing pride in how they’ve taken care of their children; couples finding creative solutions that work for their situation; sometimes, even people who find themselves on the road to forgiveness.

Using my skills and the mediation process – structure, information, deep and respectful listening – to support your strength and good thinking is hopeful work. No matter how hopeless you might be feeling about your circumstances, I hope you’ll contact us to explore how mediation might be a useful and effective process for seeing your way to a hopeful future.

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.S. in Special Education
Memberships/Professional Associations
  • Bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Certified Mediator (demonstrated “the highest standards of practice” as stipulated by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution)
  • Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Instructor of Conflict Resolution, University of Maryland at College Park (5 years)
  • Presenter at numerous national and regional conferences
  • Trainer for a variety of governmental, professional, religious, and educational organizations
  • Mediator/Trainer for the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (8 years)
Specialized Mediation Training

In addition to the following multi-day workshops, Donna attends conferences and other continuing education on an annual basis:

  • Divorce
  • Managing Personality-Disordered Parents
  • Mastering the Use of Apology
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Advanced Elder/Adult Family
  • Parent-Teen
  • Narrative
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Community Conferencing (victim/offender mediation)
  • Group Facilitation
Board Appointments
  • Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, 2-term President
  • Washington Ethical Society, 2-term, Facilitator
Resource Recommendations
  • The Two Roads of Divorce by Lenard Marlow
  • Speaking of Divorce: How to Talk with Your Kids by Roberta Beyer & Kent Winchester
  • The Power of a Positive No by William Ury

You can learn more about my work from the testimonials provided by our professional colleagues and our former clients.