The 2015 Appellate Mediation Training session was held on March 12. The Alabama Center of Dispute Resolution hosted 28 mediators for this year’s appellate mediation training. Highlights of the training included the following:
Chief Justice Roy Moore addresses the appellate mediation class
Chief Justice Roy Moore began the morning with a brief address to the class.
Allison Skinner, Esq. of Skinner Neutral Services, Birmingham, and Jim Rives, Esq. of Ball Ball Matthews and Novak in Montgomery, focused on mediation skills and techniques for the appellate arena.
Speakers: Michelle Ohme, Supreme Court of Alabama; Lynn DeVaughn, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; Allison Skinner, Esq., and Jim Rives, Esq.
Michelle Ohme from the Supreme Court of Alabama and Lynn DeVaughn from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals reviewed the rules, program materials, statistics, and how cases are handled.
Presiding Judge William C. Thompson of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals joined the class to make a few remarks about appellate mediation and his court.
Julia Weller, Esq., Clerk of the Supreme Court of Alabama and Rebecca Oates, Esq., Clerk of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals presented information about their courts.
Appellate Mediation Panel: Hon. Art Hanes, Louis Colley, Esq., Phil Adams, Esq. (left to right)
A panel of expert appellate mediators spent an hour and a half sharing their experiences and taking questions: Honorable Art Hanes of Upchurch, Watson, White & Max, Birmingham; Phil Adams, Esq. of Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP in Opelika; and Louis Colley, Esq. of the Law Office of Louis C. Colley, LLC.
Judith Keegan, Esq., Executive Director of the Alabama Center of Dispute Resolution provided the mediator ethics component.
Judy Keegan on mediator ethics with the appellate mediators class
The 2015 1st Quarter newsletter has been sent to our email recipients list and is also available:
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 assist both homeowners and mortgage servicers in resolving foreclosures.
We hope to resume new meditations this spring.
WHAT IS MORTGAGE MODIFICATION MEDIATION?
This type of mediation is a confidential and voluntary process where you and the servicer may discuss ways to resolve your homeowner issues with an impartial third party called a mediator. Mediation can be an effective intervention tool particularly when used early.
HOW DO HOMEOWNER’S KNOW THEY WANT TO MEDIATE?
Of course, the ideal situation is for the homeowner and the servicer to communicate on their own, but we all know that talking to a servicer can be intimidating, overwhelming or confusing. When communication is difficult or has broken down, this is a time to use mediation.
Learn more and download a brochure at http://alabamaadr.org/web/publicinfo/Foreclosure/index.php.
Mediation empowers people to resolve custody and parenting issues themselves, without giving all the power to a judge.
Family mediation is a process where an impartial third person, the mediator, helps people negotiate with one another to resolve issues relating to parenting, divorce, or issues that arise after a divorce. The mediator can:
- Help parties discuss parenting time and responsibilities.
- Facilitate discussion of assets and liabilities, including property and businesses, and spousal support, if any.
- Allow each party the opportunity to communicate his or her concerns to the other party.
- Encourage the parties to explore alternative ways to resolve problems.
- Help parties negotiate an agreement satisfying to both. Encourage parents to use problem-solving skills in the future to address issues and deal with conflict.
The Center pays mediators with the special designation, *divorce/domestic relations to provide mediation to families at low to no cost. To date, we have handled 65 cases. Learn more at alabamaadr.org/web/publicinfo/FamilyMediation.
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Applications for the 2015-2016 Mediator Roster have been updated and are available on the website at http://alabamaadr.org/web/roster-documents/roster-applications.php.
Visit the website to read Mediator Standards and Registration Procedures as well as highlights of current projects.
You can also link directly to the Mediator Application Packages here:
Applications for the Arbitrator and Private Judge rosters will be available soon.
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.