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Alternative Dispute Resolution Resources


Local Resources

  • Community Mediation Minnesota: Community Mediation Minnesota is a network of certified nonprofit service providers with skilled mediators ready to help Minnesotans caught in conflict.
  • Conflict Resolution Minnesota: Conflict Resolution Minnesota is a membership organization supporting Minnesota’s alternative dispute resolution providers and people who work with conflict in a variety of ways of being. We connect those in conflict with providers, and connect providers with high-quality professional development.
  • Minnesota Bar Association ADR Section: To advance and promote the field of conflict management and dispute resolution, and to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and educate practitioners, the bench and the public regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Minnesota. The ADR Section has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook: A one-stop guide to the practical aspects, statutes, rules and requirements governing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Minnesota. Designed for advocates, mediators, arbitrators, transactional lawyers and judges, this manual explores how ADR is used across practice areas and offers valuable suggestions on how you can design a process to fit your particular case.

Qualified Neutrals

  • Finding a Neutral: Minnesota Statewide ADR-Rule 114 Neutrals Roster 
    The State Court Administrator for Minnesota has a roster of ‘qualified neutrals’ / mediators. The list is searchable by ‘civil’ or ‘family’ and by Minnesota county.
  • Becoming a Neutral: Minnesota Courts Alternative Dispute Resolution 
    The State of Minnesota does not ‘license’ mediators. However, the State Court Administrator does have a process for a mediator or a mediation organization to become ‘qualified and included on their roster as provided in Rule 114.12.

Minnesota Dispute Resolution Programs

  • Community Mediation Minnesota: Community Mediation Minnesota is a network of certified nonprofit service providers with skilled mediators ready to help Minnesotans caught in conflict.
  • Family Court Early Neutral Evaluation: Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a confidential, voluntary, evaluative process designed to facilitate prompt dispute resolution in custody, parenting time (visitation), and financial matters.
  • Family Law Mediation Program, Court of Appeals: The Minnesota Court of Appeals will refer all family court appeals for mandatory mediation (with some exceptions for cases involving, for example, domestic violence). The program was designed to decrease costs and conflict for families involved in appellate cases while increasing litigant satisfaction.
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS): The Agency helps build better relationships through joint problem-solving and constructive responses to inevitable conflict. In turn, this improves the ability of organizations to create value for customers, shareholders and employees alike, and substantially benefits the national economy. The Agency concentrates its efforts on assisting employers and employees in coping with the demands of a rapidly changing workplace.
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA): The FLRA is an independent administrative federal agency that administers the labor-management relations program for 2.1 million non-postal federal employees worldwide.
  • Hennepin County Conciliation Court Mediation Program: The purpose of the mediation program in Hennepin County Conciliation Court (sometimes called small claims court) is to have a mediator help the parties voluntarily work towards a possible agreement rather than have a judge make the decision.
  • Human Rights Division of St. Paul Pre-Determination Settlement Agreement (PDSA) Process: The Human Rights Division of the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination that have taken place within the City of Saint Paul. The Human Rights Division is a neutral, fact-finding agency and does not represent either party in its investigations.
  • Minnesota Attorney General's Office: The Office enforces state consumer protection and antitrust laws, regulates charitable institutions, and advocates for people and small businesses in utilities matters.
  • Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS): The Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) oversees the collective bargaining relationship between all public sector employers, charitable hospitals, some private sector employers and their unionized employees.
  • Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Mediation Services: Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights investigates charges of discrimination against members of protected classes as well as civilian complaints of police misconduct. The Minneapolis office also ensures employment and purchasing goals for women and minorities on all City-funded construction.
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) Mediation Program: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) investigates charges of discrimination. In addition, the Department also ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements.
  • Minnesota Farmer-Lender Mediation Program: A farmer in debt has the opportunity to renegotiate, restructure, or resolve farm debt through Mandatory Farmer-Lender Mediation.
  • Minnesota Special Education Mediation Services (MNSEMS): The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides special education mediation services at no cost to the district or parent.
  • Parenting Consulting: A Parenting Consultant is someone who works with families, typically on an ongoing basis, to resolve disputes over parenting time issues, major decisions regarding the children (such as when parents with joint legal custody disagree about which school a child should be enrolled in), and other parenting conflicts that arise. The role of Parenting Consultant is not created by Minnesota statute, but rather by Minnesota Court Rule 114.02(a)(10).
  • Ramsey County Conciliation Court Mediation Program: Headed by the Dispute Resolution Center, and uses Rule 114 qualified neutrals. Provides day-of-hearing mediation services to conciliation court litigants. Participation is voluntary. If agreement is made, the parties can write the agreement on forms provided by DRC, and then present it to the referee, who reviews and approves it. If no settlement is reached, the referee will hear the case on the same day.
  • Rice County Conciliation Expediting Program: The purpose of the mediation program in Rice County Conciliation Court (sometimes called small claims court) is to have a mediator help the parties voluntarily work towards a possible agreement rather than have a judge make the decision.
  • Washington Count Conciliation Court Mediation Program: The purpose of the mediation program in Washington County Conciliation Court (sometimes called small claims court) is to have a mediator help the parties voluntarily work towards a possible agreement rather than have a judge make the decision.

Minnesota Dispute Resolution Statutes and Rules


National Organizations and Resources

  • Association for Conflict Resolution: The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a national professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. We are an international professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners.
  • Coalition of Agriculture Mediation Programs (CAMP): The Coalition of Agricultural Mediation Programs (CAMP) is a network of these 42 state programs, which work together to sustain and support the work of mediating in agricultural and rural disputes.
  • The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution provides members with accessible, relevant and cutting-edge information, practice tips, and skill-building opportunities. They are a vibrant forum for networking, professional development, and research that bridges together unique and diverse perspectives.
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation Project: The mission of the Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP) is to improve the theory and practice of conflict resolution and negotiation by working on real world conflict intervention, theory building, education and training, and writing and disseminating new ideas.
  • Mediate.com: Mediate.com is the world's leading mediation website (by a mile) and provider of online services for mediation professionals and programs.
  • National Association for Community Mediation: NAFCM advances the work, aggregates the wisdom, and amplifies the voice of community mediators and community mediation moving us all closer to transformative conflict revolution.
  • Community Mediation Maryland: Community Mediation Maryland's (CMM) vision is for every Maryland resident to have awareness of and access to affordable, high-quality community mediation services. CMM advances collaborative conflict resolution in Maryland through educating the public, providing training and quality assurance, conducting research, and creatively applying mediation to social challenges.
  • Principles and Standards: The Association for Conflict Resolution standards of conduct for mediators, mediation programs and other programs.
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