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Alabama Appellate Mediation Training

Judy Keegan

Judy Keegan, Executive Director

Scheduled for March 12, 2015.

Filling up fast!

To participate, call Patsy at 334-269-0409.

Temporary Halt to Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation Program

Download the Free Mediation to Prevent Foreclosure brochure

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.

Free to Low-Cost Divorce and Parenting Mediation

Family MediationMediation 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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Mediator Roster Applications are Online

ApplicationApplications 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.

Family and Foreclosure Mediation Programs highlighted in Jere Beasley Report

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/.

Foreclosure Prevention/ Mortgage Modification Mediation Program

2014 Foreclosure Mediation Training

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.

Family Mediation Program – Parenting, Divorce and Post Divorce Issues

Father with ChildrenThe 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

ALABAMA FORECLOSURE MEDIATION TRAINING SET FOR APRIL 9 -10, 2014

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.

 

 

 

SANDY SPEAKMAN, GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND VICE CHAIR OF THE ALABAMA SUPREME COURT COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION, ACCEPTS ABRAHAM LINCOLN PILLAR OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

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.