This Program Focus was written by the late Daniel McGillis, Ph.D., senior research associate at Abt Associates Inc. During the course of research for this study, he met at length with Michael Wendt, former executive director of the Dispute Settlement Center of Durham, staff members, and representatives of the program's referral sources and clients. He also met with Scott Bradley, executive director of the Mediation Network of North Carolina. The assistance of all of these individuals is deeply appreciated.
During his 20-year tenure with Abt Associates, Dr. McGillis developed a special interest in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, and became a well-known spokesperson for the reform movement, helping to draft Federal legislation and participating in the development of standards still in use as benchmarks by ADR practitioners. This report is one of the last documents that Dr. McGillis prepared before his death on April 23, 1998.