Mediation Clinic


The Mediation Clinic is a program of UW Law School that provides an alternative to litigation for resolving conflicts and disputes. During mediation people sit down informally to discuss their concerns and, with the help of a neutral third person (the mediator), see if they can reach an agreement that is acceptable to both of them.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mediation Clinic is to provide a vital service to Madison, Dane County and Wisconsin by helping people resolve pressing personal and legal conflicts and to provide a training experience for law students who work under the supervision of law professors.

Types of Cases Mediated

Mediation clinic law students mediate a variety of cases in the Dane County Small Claims Court including landlord-tenant, contract, employment, auto-accident and property damage cases. In addition, the Mediation Clinic will be accepting cases from the UW-Madison Division of Student Life and other campus organizations.

The Mediation Clinic is currently partnering with both Dane County and Waukesha County to establish a pilot Child Protection Mediation Program.


  • Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process to resolve conflicts and disputes.
  • Many people find that mediation helps them communicate with each other and that it allows them to understand their conflicts in new ways that can allow them to find resolutions.
  • People participating in mediation may end the mediation process at any time and they decide for themselves whether they want to reach an agreement and what it will be.

For More Information about Mediation or to Schedule a Mediation Session

If you are interested in further information about the Mediation Clinic, please contact Perri Mayes at 608-262-4870 or via email at

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