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