Michael A. Terry is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School where he has been teaching skill based mediation classes consisting of J.D. and L.L.M candidates for over ten years. He is also a volunteer mediator for the US District Court for DC.

He worked for 26 years (retired in 2017) as a Circuit Mediator at the U.S Courts for the District of Columbia Circuit. In that role, he made recommendations about program changes and had the responsibility for assigning mediators to cases, and assisting them with any problems they had. He interacted with the public about the program; as well as informing lawyers, judges and their law clerks about the suitability of assigning cases into mediation. He kept the court informed about the status of cases that were in the program. He also regularly mediated cases for the courts. Prior to this position, he supervised the domestic relations mediation program for the DC Superior Court (performing many of the same functions that were provided to the Circuit Court listed above) for four years.

Prior to his mediation experiences, he worked in the following areas: in private practice (about three years) focusing on general law matters, served as the General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia (about three years), served as a staff attorney at the United Planning Organization (about four years), served as a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project, (about 0ne year) and served as an attorney advisor in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare.

Professor Terry is a graduate of Howard University (1968) and received his J.D. from Howard University Law School (1971). He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.