A recent article in the Jere Beasley Report, Foreclosure And Family Mediation Programs Provide Free Help To Those In Need, highlighted our family and foreclosure mediation programs. Both have been successful to date. This article is helping to further spread the word. Read the article at http://www.jerebeasleyreport.com/2014/12/foreclosure-and-family-mediation-programs-provide-free-help-to-those-in-need/.
2014 Foreclosure Mediation Training
Alabama has been one of the hardest hit states with respect to foreclosures.
The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Inc., offers a FREE foreclosure mortgage modification mediation program to Homeowners. Through April 30, 2015 the Center will pay for the cost of mediators to mediate homeowner issues.
To-date, we have over 100 foreclosure cases that are mediated and / or underway. This program, designed to mediate foreclosure and other mortgage problems, assists both homeowners and mortgage servicers in resolving foreclosures.
- Learn more about Foreclosure Mediation.
- Find a Mediator with Foreclosure Training.
Contact the Center to learn how you can participate in this program.
The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Inc., offers a FREE family mediation program to help families with children fashion a parenting plan for the judge. The Center will pay the cost of specially trained mediators to support the process.
Since 2013, ACDR has been expanding this program. The Family Mediation program is a collaboration between the Center and the Supreme Court of Alabama. Our goal is to help families with children and incomes under $85,000 fashion a parenting plan, specific to their family, to give to the judge. The plan includes parenting time, responsibilities, support, and other items the family may want. The Center pays the mediators with the special designation, *divorce/domestic relations, signifying 40 hours of specialized training. Mediators are also asked to give a small amount of pro bono time.
Highlighted in the December 2014 issue of Alabama Lawyer, the program has proved successful. We mediated 20 cases in 2013, 22 in 2014, and in 2015 (since October 1, 2014) we already have 23 cases underway, nine of which have arrived at agreements.
This program is a chance for the Center to make a difference for Alabama families. There are 22 counties currently participating. We want to expand so that judges, attorneys and parties statewide know the worth of mediation in family cases.
- See more at: http://alabamaadr.org/web/publicinfo/FamilyMediation/index.php
FORECLOSURE MEDIATION TRAINING, HOSTED BY THE ALABAMA CENTER FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION, WILL BE HELD APRIL 9-10, 2014 IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA. THIS TRAINING WILL ENABLE THE CENTER TO PROVIDE A ROSTER OF TRAINED MEDIATORS TO FACILITATE MORTGAGE MODIFICATION MEDIATION FOR CONFLICTS THAT ARISE WITH SERVICERS BEFORE FORECLOSURE IS INITIATED, AS WELL AS FOR CASES THAT ARE IN VARIOUS COURTS, INCLUDING THE APPELLATE COURTS.
THE CENTER WILL BE ABLE TO COMPENSATE MEDIATORS FOR THEIR SERVICES FROM FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ALABAMA AS PART OF THE NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT.
THE CENTER HAS HOSTED TWO COLLABORATIVE MEETINGS TO INVITE DISCUSSION ON DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TRAINING OR ON MEDIATOR QUALIFICATIONS, PLEASE CALL THE CENTER AT 334-269=0409.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki (right) presents the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award to Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs General Counsel, Sandy Speakman, and Alabama VA Commissioner W. Clyde Marsh.
The 2013 Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award for Innovative State Programs was awarded to the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, and Sandy Speakman, the general counsel, also the Vice Chair of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution, was in Washington, D.C. February 11, to accept the award.
The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs has been honored nationally for its leadership and innovation in the state’s Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) program for veterans involved in the justice system. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik Shinseki presented the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award for Innovative State Programs to Alabama VA officials during a ceremony held at the White House in Washington, D.C. on February 11.
The Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award is a new recognition program developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs together with the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. Inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan,” the award is founded in the VA’s goals to create programs that effectively deliver seamless continuum of care and services for veterans at the state and federal level.
Alabama formed the Alabama VTC Task Force in 2011, which has helped in the development of 22 VTCs in the State. Alabama VA Commissioner Marsh chairs the Alabama State Veterans Treatment Court Task Force, and Mrs. Speakman is the Task Force Facilitator.
Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute
November 21-22, 2013 | Omni Nashville Hotel | 150 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN
Space is Limited
|This two-day advanced curriculum features interaction with some of the leading mediators and mediation advocates in North America. Each panel features an expert mediator, a high-powered in-house counsel, and a skilled outside counsel. Each phase of the mediation process will be discussed, followed by small group discussions led by experts in the field. The opportunity for mediators and advocates to interact in small facilitated groups provides a unique environment to enhance your skill, knowledge and understanding of the mediation process.
■ Highly valuable interaction and advice from leading experts in mediation
■ Small group sessions to encourage full participation
■ Practice development essentials
Who Should Attend?
■ Mediators ■ Judges
■ Litigators ■ In-House Counsel
- Preparing for Mediation
- Maximizing the Joint Opening Session
- Ethical Issues
- Negotiating in the Caucus Stage
- Breaking Impasse
- Developing Your Practice
- Break Out Sessions
Click here for the 2013 program brochure
|The ADR Sections and Committees of the following Bar Associations/State Bars:
- Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
- Arkansas ADR Commission
- Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
- International Mediation Institute (IMI)
- Lawyers Association for Women, Nashville
- Napier-Looby Bar Association, Nashville
- North Carolina ADR Commission
- Tennessee ADR Commission
- Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators (TAPM)
- Virginia Joint ADR Committee of Va. Bar Association
- Va. State Bar
- Virginia Dispute Resolution Services Office at the Supreme Court of Virginia
Space is limited
AUBURN AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA APPOINT OMBUDSPERSON
AUBURN — Following a national search, Kevin Coonrod, JD, has been appointed the new Ombudsperson for Auburn University beginning September 1. Mr. Coonrod is a graduate of the Idaho College of Law, and brings extensive experience in the fields of alternative dispute resolution, organizational ombuds training and mediation. He most recently served as the mentor mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County in Seattle, Washington. The Ombuds Office at Auburn works confidentially with staff and faculty for concerns about university policies, practices and workplace conflict, and the scope was recently expanded to include student population.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA—SELECTS DR. JEANNE MAES AS FIRST FACULTY OMBUDSPERSON
An accomplished business professor and professional mediator with nearly 30 years of service to the University of South Alabama has been chosen as the University’s first faculty ombudsperson. Professor of Management Dr. Jeanne Maes was selected by Acting President Dr. John Smith in collaboration with the USA Faculty Senate. Maes will begin her role as USA’s faculty ombudsperson this fall. The faculty ombudsperson serves as a confidential, independent and neutral resource available to the faculty to facilitate and encourage cooperation and consensus throughout the workplace by mediation.
Nationally renowned advanced negotiation teacher Frank West Morrison will lead a full day of hands-on training based on the principles advanced in the Harvard Negotiation Research Project’s Beyond Winning. The program will be held Thursday, December 12th, 2013 from 8:00-4:30 at the new Westin Hotel, 14 Civic Center Place in Birmingham. Space is limited!
6.5 hours CLE including 1 hours ethics. $225 for Birmingham Bar ADR members, $299 for non members. To register on-line:
Sponsored by the Birmingham Bar Association’s ADR Section, the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance, the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Cabaniss Johnson, Nolan Byers, Christian & Small, Jones Walker, Maynard Cooper & Gale, and Freedom Court Reporters.
Conflict resolution professionals work in a range of fields, including business, law, education, healthcare, and government. They act as arbitrators, mediators, facilitators, ombudsmen, and counselors. They must understand the root causes and dynamics of conflict and how to resolve disputes through reasoned negotiation.
Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution that can be completed on a part- or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University.
The graduate program’s training philosophy is grounded in a commitment to interactive, dialogue-based methods of managing and resolving conflict. The focus is on building common ground, establishing dialogue, applying practical skills, ensuring representation and recognition, and forging relationships.
The program trains students to:
- Adopt a mindset that is self-aware and sensitive to diverse populations of people in various settings
- Consider alternative perspectives from differing worldviews
- Apply sound conflict analysis models, tools and processes
- Understand system dynamics and complexity of issues and actors
- Develop a reflective practice of learning
- Work toward reaching constructive outcomes through the use of collaborative processes
- Use theory to inform their understanding, and apply pragmatic approaches to resolving conflicts
J Payne Baker, Esq. and Bar President, Phillip McCallum
The Jefferson County District Court Volunteer Mediation Program won the 2013 mediation pro bono award at the Alabama State Bar annual meeting at Point Clear July 18, 2013. The award was presented to J. Payne Baker, coordinator of the program, one of the longest running volunteer mediation programs in the state. This program was initially established by Michelle Obradovic Parry, and has served the County for over 12 years. Volunteer mediators mediate small claims and specially set district cases for the judges, all who have expressed thanks for having them.