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Mediation and Assessment Program (MAP)

(Alternative Dispute Resolution)

The Mediation and Assessment Program (MAP) (previously known as the Early Assessment Program or EAP) is the Western District of Missouri’s alternative dispute resolution program for civil lawsuits.  MAP provides an early opportunity for litigants to meet in person and to productively explore options for resolving the case or narrowing the issues in dispute.

All non-excluded civil cases filed in the Western District are included in MAP and are randomly assigned for mediation to:  1) a United States Magistrate or a United States Bankruptcy Judge; 2) the MAP Director; or 3) the Outside Mediator category.   The parties are required to mediate cases assigned to MAP within 75 days of the Rule 26(f) meeting required under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  When a case is filed, a Notice of Inclusion to MAP is issued in the case and the party initiating the lawsuit is required to serve the Notice of Inclusion on all other parties in the case. The Notice of Inclusion indicates to which of the three categories the case is assigned for mediation.  

If your case is assigned to the Outside Mediator category, you are required to file a Designation of Mediator Certificate (ADR event in ECF) within 14 days of your Rule 26(f) meeting, identifying your jointly selected mediator and the date, time and location of the in-person mediation (to occur within 75 days of your Rule 26(f) meeting).  Contact your chosen mediator promptly, as many mediators book up months in advance.  If a mediator is not available to accommodate the mediation deadline, select another mediator with matching availability. 

If you are assigned to a Judge or the MAP Director for mediation, you will receive notice of the mediation date from his or her respective office.   

The MAP General Order contains important information, including but not limited to:  1) in-person mediation attendance requirements for parties, party representatives, applicable insurance representatives and lead trial counsel; and 2) deadlines for filing the Designation of Mediator Certificate, completing mediation and submitting post-mediation status reports. 

On this website you will find helpful information, including the General Order, FAQs, Designation of Mediator form, Guidelines for Outside Mediators, the List of Outside Mediators, Outside Mediator application, etc.  

Please contact the MAP office if you have questions after reviewing the General Order and other posted information.

Mediation and Assessment Program
Laurel Stevenson, Director
Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse
400 E. 9th Street, Room 3238
Kansas City, Missouri 64106 (E-mail)
816-512-5080 (Telephone)
816-512-5089 (Facsimile)