“Over the years the Center has developed various ways of settling disputes. All of these methods have featured the active participation of the people with conflicts in fashioning resolutions that meet their needs.”

Linda R. Singer, CDS Founder and President
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Center for Dispute Settlement

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CDS Principals

Linda Singer, President of CDSLinda R. Singer, President
Ms. Singer is a mediator, arbitrator, lawyer, teacher, and author and has been president of the Center for Dispute Settlement since 1971. She also is a principal in JAMS, the Resolution Experts. Through the years, she has maintained an active mediation practice, while training thousands of professionals, students, and volunteers worldwide in mediation and negotiation skills. Ms. Singer co-teaches the Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation for Lawyers and trains mediators for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Ms. Singer was awarded the prestigious D’Alemberte-Raven Award in 2012 by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

Edna Povich, CDS Vice PresidentEdna A. Povich, Vice President
Ms. Povich is a mediator, facilitator, trainer, program director and systems designer. She has worked for the Center for Dispute Settlement since 1984. Ms. Povich has helped resolve disputes for business partners; employees and employers; developers, community, and government representatives; divorcing couples; parents and teenagers; and neighbors. As a lead trainer for CDS, Ms. Povich has provided training in mediation, negotiation, and systems design for organizations and government agencies. Ms. Povich has designed mediation and dispute resolution programs nationally and internationally.

Michael Lewis, CDS Senior AssociateMichael K. Lewis, Senior Associate
Mr. Lewis, senior associate of the Center for Dispute Settlement and principal in JAMS, the Resolution Experts, is a mediator, arbitrator, teacher, and lawyer. Mr. Lewis has mediated a variety of disputes involving commercial, public policy, and interpersonal issues. His mediation skills have been featured on television and instructional videotapes. He has trained thousands worldwide in mediation and negotiation techniques, including co-teaching at Harvard Law School's Mediation Workshop and trains mediators for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Lewis was awarded the prestigious D’Alemberte-Raven Award in 2012 by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

CDS Staff

Malauna Steele, Financial Manager
Malauna Steele has provided financial management expertise, strategic planning and implementation to various nonprofits in the District and Globally. Her education and hands-on training have provided her with in-depth experience in nonprofit finance, operations and development.
She has worked locally and internationally with nonprofits to manage finances and hiring practices. She has created policies and procedures; maintained hiring documents; and managed payroll and accounting functions from payables to financial statements to audit preparation. 

Kahlill Palmer, Program Manager

Mr. Palmer is a mediator and attorney, barred in     Washington, DC and New York. He currently manages CDS' foreclosure mediation program for the District of Columbia. Additionally, Mr. Palmer has trained District of Columbia Public School students in peer mediation and has mediated for CDS' community programs. Mr. Palmer also worked with the Chief Arbitrator on the federal class action case, Pigford v. Glickman. Mr. Palmer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his juris doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.

Kalee Bacon, Program Coordinator

Ms. Bacon is a trained mediator who mediates for CDS' community mediation programs. She also manages the mediation programs for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the DC Office of Police Complaints. Ms. Bacon trains students in mediation for District of Columbia Public Schools. She also organizes CDS’s bi-annual mediation training.  Prior to CDS, Ms. Bacon worked as Mediation Services Case Coordinator for court referred family mediations at the Community Mediation Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia  Ms. Bacon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University.