Alabama Center For Dispute Resolution
Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution
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. Read more about the Commission.
ADR in the News There are several new articles that were published this month. Read more...
Did you miss our webcast, Practical Tips from Top Mediators? As part of the Mediation Week activities, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution sponsored a CLE webcast on October 13, 2015. The webcast is over, but you can still hear it and the presenters materials are available here.
Things We Know About Mediation in Alabama From Cases That Have Ended Up in the Appellate Courts has been updated as of October 2015. Read about new decisions affecting Mediations, including the new decision below. Updated Select AL ADR Mediation Cases.
New Decision, Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama. Gina JOHNSON. v. Cary Casey JOHNSON. 2140332. | Aug. 14, 2015. Includes holdings, including the following, "circuit court's inquiry into events that took place during mediation did not violate confidentiality requirements". Read the case (PDF file).
A Mediator is A Conflict Resolution Specialist Who Helps You Get to the Heart of the Matter: Celebrating Mediation Week, October 11-17, 2015. Judith M. Keegan, Esq., Executive Director, Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution writes about conflict and how mediation helps to resolve it. Read the article.
New Ethical Opinions The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance has released three new opinions on ethical issue. Read more.
ADR Safety Planning: Recommended Guidance The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning: Recommended Guidance to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. The Recommendations are intended to encourage and assist practitioners and ADR provider organizations when considering, planning for, and implementing safety procedures in all ADR processes they conduct. The guidance is available as a PDF file. Go to ACR Taskforce on Safety in ADR.
The Intersection of Negotiation and the Human Brain If you missed the thought-provoking presentation by Dr. Richard Birke at the July meeting of the Alabama State Bar, you have a second chance to catch it through our website. Go to Video.
News for Alabama Neutrals The 2015 1st Quarter newsletter has been sent and is available:
- Online at alabamaadr.org/email/1502_NAN_Newsletter.html
- PDF at alabamaadr.org/web/media/newsletters/1502_NAN.pdf
Foreclosure Prevention/ Mortgage Modification
Temporary Halt to New Cases
Due to a change in grant funds, we will not be accepting any new cases under this program until new grant funds have been secured. The Center will pay for the cost of wrapping up all open cases (there are over 90 cases open). This program was designed to mediate foreclosure and other mortgage problems and assists both homeowners and mortgage servicers in resolving foreclosures. We hope to resume new mediations this spring.
- Learn more about Foreclosure Mediation.
- Find a Mediator with Foreclosure Training.
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Family Mediation Program Since 2013, we have been expanding the this program, a collaboration between the Center and the Supreme Court of Alabama. Our goal is to help families with children and qualifying incomes fashion a parenting plan. The Center pays mediators with the special designation, *divorce/domestic relations. Highlighted in Alabama Lawyer, Dec 14, the program has allowed us to handle 65 cases (some still pending). Learn more.
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