Dispute Resolution Offered

The George Washington University National Law Center is offering the services of its Consumer Mediation Clinic to Washington area residents.

The center, staffed by second- and third-year law students, provides free dispute resolution services to help consumers settle disputes with local businesses.

Students act as neutral mediators and help both parties negotiate fair and resonable settlements without court action. The clinic is at 2000 G St. NW, Suite 200. For more information, call 202-994-7260.

Grant Applicants Sought The Addiction, Prevention and Recovery Administration of the D.C. Department of Health is soliciting applications to provide outreach services to prevent substance abuse by high-risk youths in Washington and to work with youths from the Stanton Dwellings public housing complex, at 3250 15th Pl. SE.

One $20,000 grant will be awarded for outreach services, which will include conducting a focus group with "Project Reachout" participants and producing a public service announcement with prevention messages targeted to youths and families.

The deadline for applications is Monday at 6 p.m. Applications can be obtained from the Office of Grants Management and Development at 717 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. For more information, call the office at 202-727-6537.

Humanities Council Leaders

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has recently appointed a new executive director and elected five new board members.

Linn Shapiro, the former manager for new project development and fund-raising at the American Historical Association, was appointed executive director. Before her work at the AHA, she served as a program officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a writer and production coordinator for the Smithsonian Institution Program in African American Culture.

The new board includes Cathy James Ehrman, coordinating director for the 200th Birthday and Millennium Celebration for the District; Linda Greenan, assistant vice president for external relations for Georgetown University; Edward Hayes Jr., a lawyer with the firm Hayes and Associates; Debra M. Israel, Southeastern University's dean and chief academic officer; and Lovie Jackson, a partner at Deloitte Consulting LLC and the managing director for the D.C. practice.