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Where to Find Legal Information on Neighbor Law (and Related Topics)

Patrons who attend our Lawyer in the Library program frequently ask how to handle conflicts with their neighbors. This is such a common concern that there are countless sources on relevant law, or lack thereof, governing overhanging tree branches, fence placement, etc. For example, look at the number of search hits on Westlaw after entering some relevant keywords in Figure 1.

Westlaw search results for query "adv: (fence! boundar! tree harass! noise) & dispute!" filtered to "Secondary Sources," showing more than 10,000 results.
Figure 1: Westlaw search results showing sources on neighbor law

Below, I have collected print and electronic secondary sources available through the library that cover neighbor law for attorneys and laypersons. We also have a page on mediation resources, which may be a preferable first step in resolving many of these conflicts.

On the shelf and online through the Maryland Judiciary network:

On Lexis Advance:

On Westlaw:

Possible further reading:


ADR Collection Available in the Law Library

The following books were donated to the law library by the Office of Case Management so that they would be more accessible to those who might benefit from them.  They are shelved with the library’s self-help collection located in the aisle that leads to the Family Law Self-Help Center. They were purchased with support money from the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation & Conflict Resolution Office. 

  • Principles of Alternative Dispute Resolution 2nd ed. / Stephen J. Ware (West, 2007).  (ADR KF 9084 .W7 2007)        
  • Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation 2nd ed. / Robert E. Emery (Guilford Press, 2012).  (ADR HQ 834 .E48 2012) 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Conflict Diagnosis Approach / Laurie S. Coltri (Prentice Hall, 2010).  (ADR K 2390 .C655 2010) 
  • Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, and Other Processes 6th ed. / Stephen B. Goldberg &  Frank E.A. Sander (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012).  (ADR KF 9084 .G65 2012) 
  • Family Mediation: Contemporary Issues / Howard H. Irving & Michael Benjamin (Sage Publications, 1995).  (ADR HQ 10.5 .N7 I78 1995) 
  • A Guide to Divorce Mediation: How to Reach a Fair, Legal Settlement at a Fraction of the Cost / Gary J. Friedman & Jack Himmelstein (Workman Pub., 1993).  (ADR KF 535 .Z9 F68 1993)Mediation: Principles and Practice / Kimberlee K. Kovach (West, 2004).  (ADR KF 9084 .K68 2004)The Foreclosure Mediation Training Guide / Victoria Ring ( Graphico Pub., 2007).  (ADR KF 697 .F6 R56 2007) 
  • The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict 3rd ed. / Christopher W. Moore (Jossey-Bass, 2003).  (ADR HM 1126 .M667 2003) 
  • The Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice / Alison Taylor (Jossey-Bass, 2002).  (ADR HQ 10 .T28 2002) 
  • Essentials of Alternative Dispute Resolution 2nd ed. / Susan R. Patterson & D. Grant Seabolt, Jr. (Pearson Publications Co., 2001).  (ADR KF 9084 .P47 2001) 
  • Stop Fighting Over the Kids : Resolving Day-To-Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations 1st ed. / Mike Mastracci (Saint Gabriel’s Press, 2009).  (ADR HQ 834 .M7 2009) 
  • The Practice of Mediation: A Video-Integrated Text 2nd ed. / Douglas N. Frenkel & James H. Stark (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012).  (ADR KF 9084 .F746 2012) 
  • Foreclosure Nation: Mortgaging the American Dream / Shari Olefson (Prometheus Books, 2009).  (ADR HD 255 .O44 2009) 
  • Help! I’m facing Foreclosure: What Are My Options? / William Tyler (PublishAmerica, 2009).  (ADR KF 697 .F6 .T4 2009)
  • Coping with the Foreclosure Crisis : State and Local Efforts to Combat Foreclosures in Prince George’s County, Maryland (Government Printing Office , 2009).  (ADR KF 697 .F6 .S6 2009) 

Other titles in the law library shelved with the general collection include:

  • Mediation: A Handbook for Maryland Lawyers / Honorable Daniel E. Klein, Honorable Kaye A. Allison & Perry F. Sekus, (MICPEL, 1999).  (KFM1760.3.K54 1999) 
  • How Arbitration Works 6th ed. / Alan Miles Ruben, ed. (American Bar Association, Committee on ADR in Labor & Employment Law, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2003).  (KF3424.E53 2003) 
  • How Arbitration Works 6th ed.: 2010 Cumulative Supplement / Kenneth May, ed. (American Bar Association, Committee on ADR in Labor & Employment Law, 2010).  (KF3424.E53 2010) 
  • The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide / Betty J. Roth & Randall W. Wulff (West, 1997.)  (KF9084.A93 1997) 
  • The Law of Alternative Dispute Resolution / Margaret Jasper (Dobbs Ferry, NY : Oceana 2000).  (KF9084.Z9 J37) 
  • Mediation in a Nut Shell 2nd ed. / Kimberlee K. Kovach (West, 2010).  (KF9084.K68 2010) 
  • Mediation: Law, Policy & Practice / Sarah R. Cole & Craig A. McEwen (West, 2012).  (KF9084.M44 2012) 

 There is also an AACPLL Wiki page, ADR -Alternative Dispute Resolution, with additionlal information.