Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which offers parties the opportunity to resolve disputes with the assistance of a neutral party, using the facilitative method.
Ms. Schuyler became a certified mediator in 1995, after serving as a Commissioner on Takoma Park's Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA), which is comprised of a panel of arbitrators who hear and resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. She mediated landlord-tenant disputes for Alameda County (CA) and became certified as an attorney mediator through the San Francisco Bar Association. Ms. Schuyler implemented the mediation program in the Department of Labor's San Francisco Regional Office. In 2002, Ms. Schuyler began mediating Equal Employment Opportunity disputes involving allegations of discrimination for various federal agencies in the District of Columbia. She then began serving as a mediator for the Superior Court of DC's Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division in the Small Claims program, and later in the Civil Mediation program. Ms. Schuyler is available to mediate disputes on a contract basis.
Ms. Schuyler researched and authored "A Cost Analysis of the Department of Labor's Philadelphia ADR Pilot Project," which was published through the Department of Labor in 1993. She also worked with the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) to co-author a guide for evaluating ADR programs. Both publications were widely circulated as federal agencies began establishing mediation programs of their own during the 1990's.