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Melvin D. Kennedy, JD MPA

Independent Decision-maker & informal resolution facilitator

MELVIN KENNEDY

Background

Melvin Kennedy has been admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois since 1993. He has practiced in the areas of employment discrimination, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights and criminal defense. He has represented both employers and employees in employment discrimination cases. For 14 years, Melvin worked as a senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a mediator, he has mediated employment disputes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Melvin is certified to mediate lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and is qualified under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17 as a mediator for the Circuit Courts for the Twenty-First and Twenty-Second Judicial Circuits in Missouri. 

Trainings

  • ADR Court-Certified Neutrals Seminar, 2014, 2016
  • Association of Attorney Mediators Training
  • Civil Mediation Training with Washington University School of Law, 2004
  • Continuum of Sexual Misconduct, Implicit Biases, and Equitable Responses; Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Mastering the Art of Mediation Advocacy, 2014
  • Title IX & Beyond, Title IX Solutions, LLC
  • Trauma-Informed Interview Techniques, Thomas Tremblay

Education

  • J.D., St. Louis University, cum laude, 1993
  • M.P.A., University of Missouri – Columbia, with honors, 1983
  • B.S., Truman State University, 1981

Professional Associations

  • Association of Attorney Mediators (St. Louis Chapter)

Speaking Engagements

  • Title IX & Beyond: Hearing Processes, Appeals & Determining Relevance (August 2020), Title IX Solutions, LLC
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