The Mediation Clinic assists courts, families, and state agencies by providing multiple types of mediation for the community. Mediation is a rapidly expanding area of modern legal practice. In the Mediation Clinic, law students gain the listening and communication skills vital to any successful law practice while they increase their knowledge of substantive law and alternative dispute resolution procedures. After extensive training, Mediation Clinic students act as co-mediators in cases involving allegations of child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, small claims issues, and access and visitation disputes which have been referred to the Clinic.
The Arkansas Youth Mediation Program, encompasses several projects focused on the State’s youth. Through the Arkansas Dependency Neglect Mediation Project, the parties are able to participate in a mediation process to help children achieve permanency and safety in a timely and effective manner. The Family In Need of Services (FINS) Project and Juvenile Delinquency Project provide youth an opportunity to resolve conflicts cooperatively and productively through communication. Trained mediators travel around the state to conduct the mediations free of charge to the participants.
The Arkansas Special Education Mediation Project (ASEMP) is different from other mediation programs in that it is not court-centered. The method for resolving special education disputes is an administrative hearing process. The ASEMP gives parents and schools an alternative. Trained professional mediators assist parties in finding effective solutions to the problems affecting educational services for children with disabilities. Mediations of this project as well as the Dependency Neglect Project are also open to Clinic students for observation and participation.
Mediation Clinic Contact
Kelly Browe Olson, Director of Clinical Programs
Tiffany Tackett Kell, Mediation Programs Coordinator