Conflict Resolution Minnesota (CRM) is a non-profit organization of alternative dispute professionals. Their mission is “to advance the profession of conflict resolution to more effectively help individuals, organizations, and communities manage and resolve conflict.” CRM is a chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.
You need not be an attorney to become a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), whose mission statement is as follows: “In communities around the globe, programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage, transform, & resolve conflict. NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom, amplifying their voice, and advancing their critical work.” NAFCM has several mediation simulation videos available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/results?search_query=NAFCM.
The Minnesota Association of Community Mediation Programs (MACMP) is a group of eight community mediation centers, including the Dispute Resolution Center, that provide trained mediators to help resolve disputes. The centers also provide training in conflict resolution skills.
While the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MARCO) is located in Maryland, their website provides some valuable information and resources for mediators. MACRO has a video, called Resolutionary People, explaining the benefits of mediation available at: http://www.courts.state.md.us/macro/publicationsmedia.html.
When a mediator has completed a 30-Hour Civil Mediation Skills Training, he or she can apply to become a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral on the Rule 114 Civil Roster. When a mediator has completed a 40-Hour Family Mediation Skills Training, he or she can apply to become a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral on the Rule 114 Family Roster. The roster is published by the Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Office.
Minnesota Rules for the District Courts Rule 114 provides guidance for alternative dispute resolution professionals in Minnesota.
Neutrals have a responsibility to ensure the quality and integrity of their profession.
If you have been ordered by a judge to use an alternative dispute resolution process to try to resolve your court case through settlement, the Minnesota Courts provide information about the process.
The Dispute Resolution Center operates under this statute, which provides certification criteria which must be met in order for the programs to receive court referrals.
The Minnesota Civil Mediation Act covers the requirements for agreements to mediate, mediated settlement agreements, and setting aside mediated settlement agreements. The statute also covers the requirements for credentials mediators must provide to the participants prior to mediation.
Other National Mediation Organizations