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!

Gov Ivey signs proclamation.
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 Online

Collaborative 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

Go to the Collaborative Law Practice Videos.

CLE Opportunities

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

Mediation, Parents are Forever brochure        Los Padres de Familia son Para Siempre, Mediacion de Familia

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 -

  

Keeping your Information Safe

In keeping with industry standards, we have implemented a Secure Certificate on our website. You may see a lock symbol, a green color or the https:// protocol in the address bar. These indicate that you are accessing the real ACDR website and that the website encrypts transmitted data additional protection.

Private Judges

The Alabama Private Judge Act authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases. - More -

Arbitrators

Arbitration agreements, are often found in pre-printed consumer contracts. They require parties to the contract to resolve disputes in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge and/or jury. - More -

Mediators

Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.

  • General Mediation offers a path to resolving many disputes. - More -
  • Family Mediation offers free divorce and family mediation for parenting, divorce and post-divorce issues. - More -
  • Forclosure Prevention and Mortgage Modification Mediation offers specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. - More -

 


Let's Get Social!

Did you know we're on Facebook?
Visit our page at facebook.com/alabamaadr and Like us to keep up with the latest news and happenings at the Alabama Center For Dispute Resolution!

We're also on Twitter!
While we don't have a lot of "fast-breaking news," we also have a Twitter account to keep you up on the latest. Follow us @AlabamaADR at twitter.com/alabamaadr

And we have a YouTube channel!
It contains videos and links to videos related to our favorite topics... mediation, negotiation, arbitration, restorative justice. Visit Alabama Dispute Resolution Center on YouTube.


WHO WE ARE

Alabama CDR is the state office of dispute resolution. 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. We are the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution.

GET IN TOUCH

Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
PO Box 5042, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5042
assistant@alabamaadrfor adr.org
(334) 356-3802

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