Laurel Ferris Portrait

My practice

I have satisfied the Rule 114 Alternative Dispute Resolution training requirements for conducting child custody mediation, including six hours on domestic abuse and am listed on the current Minnesota ADR Roster for Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Carver, Dakota, Scott, and Anoka Counties. Additional course work in custody evaluations and parenting consulting has been completed under the auspices of Hamline University Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution and The AFCC.

I am a member in good standing with the the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the AFCC Minnesota Chapter, and serve on the AFCC-MN Continuing Education Committee.Visitation Supervision Network and the local SVN Minnesota chapter

I volunteer extensively as a guardian ad litem in Fourth District Juvenile Court. Click here for a story featured in Penzey's catalog about the work guardian ad litems do in child protection cases. More information on volunteer opportunities is available here.

As an undergraduate, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Grinnell College in Iowa. I went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago; my doctoral studies there focused on the relationship between stress and impairment.

I am divorced and the mother of one child.