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Community Dispute Resolution Program Grants

OCDR administers an annual grant program to nonprofit organizations that provide free and low cost mediation and other dispute resolution services in their communities. To qualify, the organization must be certified by the Minnesota Supreme Court, having demonstrated a commitment to abide by Minnesota Statute 494 and its operational guidelines which ensures high quality mediation services. The total amount of the annual award is $160,000.

In 2013, funded organizations provided free or low cost mediations in approximately 2,000 cases including neighbor, family, school, housing, and many other types of disputes. View the Grant Application.

To learn more about community mediation programs or to find a program in your area visit: http://communitymediationminnesota.org/

Grant awards are made by a grant review committee:

Jennifer Jameson
Jennifer Jameson
Jennifer Jameson is a family law attorney and trained mediator, parenting consultant, and early neutral evaluator practicing in downtown Minneapolis at McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chtd.
Mark Labine
Mark Labine

Mark Labine, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1977 with a B.A. in Sociology and his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in 1980. He practiced Law with Dudley and Smith P.A. and Moriarty Janzen and Labine, P.A. before starting his own general law practice in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul in 1991. He worked part time as a contract Administrative Law Judge, Arbitrator, Magistrate, Referee and Mediator until June, 2005 when he appointed to be a full time District Court Referee for Hennepin County District Court. He was the lead Housing Court Referee for seven years and has been a Family Court Referee since August 2012.
Larry McDonough
Larry McDonough
Larry was a legal services housing litigation attorney for 30 years until June 2013, when he joined Dorsey and Whitney as the Pro Bono Litigation Counsel. He has represented thousands of clients and litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal district courts and state appellate courts, and contributed to almost all of the landlord and tenant statutes enacted since 1986. He co-founded Minnesota's Annual Housing Law Institute and authored Residential Eviction Defense in Minnesota through many editions, and has written many journal articles on landlord and tenant law. He also has taught at all four law schools in the Twin Cities, and regularly presents at seminars both in the state and around the country. A complete bio along with a list of publications, presentations, litigation, legislation, media appearances, and awards is posted at http://povertylaw.homestead.com.
Linda Mealey-Lohmann
Linda Mealey-Lohmann
Attorney Linda Mealey-Lohmann is an experienced Mediator and Arbitrator who practices exclusively in the area of ADR, handling primarily employment and commercial disputes. She is a co-author of The Minnesota ADR Handbook: A Guide to Mediation, Arbitration, and Other Processes for Advocates and Neutrals (MN CLE 2011). She is an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, where she teaches ADR (negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and other Rule 114 ADR processes) (since 2006). Linda is the Chair of the ADR Section of the MN State Bar Association (2013-2015 terms), a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and a frequent presenter on ADR, mediation, and employment law topics. She is on a number of ADR panels, including as a mediator for the EEOC and USPS and as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Better Business Bureau.


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