ACDR News and Highlights
Since 1994, we have been the state office of dispute resolution for Alabama. At the Center, we work with the courts, the Alabama State Bar, state agencies, schools, community mediation initiatives, and businesses to promote early and peaceful resolution of disputes. The Center serves as the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution.
Mediation Week is October 14-20, 2018!
October 3, 2018, 3-6pm, Governor Kay Ivey
will sign a Mediation Week Proclamation
The American Bar Association Mediation Week will be held during the week of October 14 – 20, 2018. Throughout the country organizations and institutions will hold events in recognition of Mediation Week. The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (the Center) joins together with the Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar, the Mobile Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association to host a series of events.
We will begin Mediation Week with Governor Kay Ivey signing a “Mediation Week Proclamation” on October 3rd at 3 p.m. at the Alabama State Capitol.
Our Mediation Celebration includes several free one-hour CLE events with a complimentary lunch for attendees.
- Mobile – October 15, 2018 at the Athelstan Club
— “Successful Mediation of a Workers’ Compensation Case”
- Birmingham – October 24, 2018 at the Birmingham Bar Association
— “Mediation Perspectives Roundtable Discussion”
- Montgomery – November 1, 2018 at the Alabama State Bar
— “Mediation Perspectives Roundtable Discussion”
For more information contact the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution at (334) 356-3802 or register here (soon).
New for Alabama Neutrals
September 2018 Newsletter
Read our September newsletter including the latest on the following:
- Mediation Week 2018 - Observed October 14-20th.
- Pro Bono Mediators
- Mediation Clinic - Dallas County
- ADR at the Annual State Bar Meeting
- Foreclosure Prevention/Mortgage Modification Mediation
- Training Opportunities
Two New Videos are OnlineCollaborative Law Practice - If you missed the beginning of our four-part series of 60-minute webinars designed to guide you through the ins and outs of collaborative law practice, you can catch up with these videos! Both were recorded at recent ACDR webinars. Online now:
- Part 1: Introduction to Collaborative Law Practices from August 24, 2018
- Part 2: Focus on Team: Breaking Down Roles from September 21, 2018
Take advantage of upcoming training opportunities sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.
October 16 Free Webinar - The Hype about HIPAA and HITECH
Tuesday, Noon-1:00pm CST - (1 hr CLE) - Join Samarria Munnerlyn Dunson, J.D., CHC, CHPC, as she walks you through HIPAA Basics, Business Associates, HITECH, Charging for Medical Records-Latest Guidance, Enforcement Update, and HIPAA on the Horizon. Read more in The Hype about HIPAA and HITECH Webinar Information and Registration Form (pdf).
October 30 Free Webinar - Mediating Insurance Claims
Tuesday, Noon-1:00pm CST - (1 hr CLE) - Gene Warhurst, an Alabama attorney, will help you understand the role of mediation in insurance disputes. Topics to be addressed include why mediate, choosing a mediator, what to expect in mediation, pros and cons of mediation, and preparing for mediation: policyholder/insurer. Read more in the Mediating Insurance Claims Webinar Information and Registration Form (pdf).
November 2 Free Webinar - The How To’s of Collaborative Law
Friday, Noon-1:00pm CST - (1 hr CLE) - Part of the Collaborative Law Practice Webinar Series. Faculty includes: Frances Nolan, Steven Gregory, Brian Turner, Melanie Merkle Atha and Virginia Miller. To learn more and register, go to our Training Page or register here by using this Collaborative Law Practice Series Information and Registration Form (pdf).
November 15 All Day - Appellate Mediation Training
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - (6.75 hr MCLE) - In order to register to be on the Appellate Roster, an attorney must be registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. If you have not taken the 20 or 40 hour mediation course(s) required for the State Court Mediator Roster, you may still take this course then follow up with one of those courses. This training opportunity will be on November 15, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:35 pm. Lunch is provided. The course fee is $400. This course has been approved for 6.75 hours of MCLE credit. Read about the program and register on the Flyer and Registration Form (pdf). Register by October 15th!
December 7, 2018 Free Webinar - Informed Consent/Civil Collaboration
Friday, Noon-1:00pm CST - (1 hr Ethics credit) - Part of the Collaborative Law Practice Webinar Series. Faculty includes: Frances Nolan, Steven Gregory, Brian Turner, Melanie Merkle Atha and Virginia Miller. To learn more and register, go to our Training Page or register here by using this Collaborative Law Practice Series Information and Registration Form (pdf).
More training opportunities are highlighted on our Training Calendar.
Parents are Forever Family Mediation Program
This program is a collaboration of the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. It provides families with free family mediation when there are children, a family income under $60,000, and the judge orders parents to mediate a parenting and financial plan for their family.
It's a Win-Win program...
- Parents get help mediating a parenting plan and resolving other divorce issues.
- The Center reimburses the mediator.
Is your county offering this program yet?
Court Year January-December 2017
125 mediations, 91 agreements, 73% settlement rate
Average Family income: $40,640
Children benefited: 191
Pro bono time given by mediators: 272.63 hours
- More information on the Family Mediation page -