The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System helps parents and schools work together to resolve disputes about special education.
We do not provide legal advice or advocacy for either parents or districts, and we do not mediate 504 plan disputes.

Sherwood Malamud, Minneapolis, MN


Name: Sherwood Malamud

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Education: J.D. (Law Degree) University of Wisconsin Law School; B.A. City College of New York; B.H.L. (Bachelor of Hebrew Letters), Jewish Theological Seminary, New York; Admitted to Practice Law Wisconsin & Pennsylvania.

Mediation training: Certificate in Interest Based Bargaining UW School for Workers & Management Institute, 1994; REDRESS U.S. Postal Service, 4/98 & 7/99; WSEMS (Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System) 1998 5-day training and annual updates, 1999-present.

Perspective on the Mediation Process: I am committed to parent/educator control of the process. Children grow and change over time. Similarly, the relationship of parents and the children’s educators will change as the student’s experience evolves. Mediation in this context should deal with present issues and problems, but with an eye to that long term relationship.

Mediation Experience:  I have been listed with the WSEMS mediator roster since the System’s inception in 1998. As of April 2009, I mediated approximately 83 and facilitated approximately 10 cases; Clergy Sexual Abuse Mediation System (Archdiocese of Milwaukee); REDRESS Mediation Program U.S. Postal Service; Mediation of Employment Disputes, Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution.

Current Position:  Private Practice Mediator and Arbitrator, 1983 to Present

Past Positions: Mediator, Arbitrator & Administrative Law Judge, Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, 1973-1983; Past President, Beth Israel Center, Madison, WI, 1979-1980 and 1997-1999; Former Chair, Labor Law Section, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1996-97.

Disclosure: From 1991 to 1995, my daughter attended Walbridge Academy, a private non-profit elementary school for children with learning disabilities.  I served on the Walbridge Board for several years.