Midlands Mediation Center Announces Award Recipient

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The Midlands Mediation Center honored Mary Lowndes Bryan for her leadership in promoting the understanding and practice of mediation on Thursday, October 22, during their Building Bridges Celebration.

Mary Lowndes Bryan has practiced as a mediator for over twenty years in civil and family cases. Since 1998, she has conducted mediation trainings for the South Carolina Bar, and other organizations throughout the state including the Midlands Mediation Center. She has made a lasting impact on a countless number of people – from the attorneys she has trained to the people who have benefitted from her assistance with resolving their problems. “Her love of mediation, and her gift of teaching have elevated the practice of mediation as well as empowered and transformed how people manage their conflicts, large and small,” said Midlands Mediation Center board member Pat Forbis, as she presented the award.

“We are so fortunate to have Mary’s steadfast involvement with the Midlands Mediation Center as a trainer and mediator, as well as a former board member. Her calm, gentle and determined approach has been a strong influence on developing the techniques of our incoming volunteer mediators,” said Sandra Francis, board chair.

The Midlands Mediation Center has created the Mary Lowndes Bryan Award that will be awarded in future years to others who do what Mary does so well: advancing the practice of mediation, demonstrating respect for differing points of view, learning from and working with others to improve the profession and better serve people in conflict.

For more information, please contact MMC at (803) 714-1176 or lee@midlandsmediation.org



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Many Thanks

We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to our 2014-2015 funders (Richland County, SC Bar Foundation, Lexington County, City of Columbia, Smith Family Foundation and others), which have made it possible to provide many of our services.

We also wish to thank our community partners and community mediation and family mediation clients for their support through MMC’s fee for services program.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the donated time and expertise provided by student intern volunteers enrolled in Columbia College, the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Social Work, and the USC School of Law Pro Bono and Non Profit Programs.

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