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2nd Annual Professional Skills Program, Oct 27-29, Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to partner with the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University for this program!

October 27-29, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee
This program takes place on the campus of Lipscomb University.
Register

About the Program

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals. Participants will network with nationally prominent faculty, as well as participants from the other specialties at plenary sessions, lunches, and receptions. Early enrollment is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe. Contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail Lori.Rushford@pepperdine.edu to enroll or to request a brochure.

Participants select the process in which they desire expertise (one course only), as all programs will be presented simultaneously. To provide for personalized instruction, enrollment for each course is limited to ensure a close working relationship among the faculty and participants. Course sessions will include lectures, small group discussions, and practice exercises. Faculty and other participants will also provide performance coaching. The synergy of ideas will provide a truly unique learning experience.

 

Mediation and Arbitration of Cross-Border Commercial Disputes, London

Visit London in June and LEARN too!

Visit London in June and LEARN too!

INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

Skillful Client Representation in Mediation and Arbitration
of Cross-Border Commercial Disputes
A Week-Long Course in London

FEATURED SPEAKER: Lord Harry Woolf, former Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales – addressing participants by invitation in the House of Lords

DATES: Monday June 13 to Friday June 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

TIME: Breakfast from 8:30 a.m., Courses from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CLE: 18 credits in Professional Practice; 2 credits in Ethics

COST:
General: $2,399
NYLS Alumni and ABA DR Section Members: $2,199

TO REGISTER: adrlondon.eventbrite.com

Read more in our Newsletter at alabamaadr.org/email/1603_NAN_Newsletter.html.

9th Annual Arbitration Training Institute

ChicagoJune 2-3, 2016
The deadline to register is Monday, May 23, 2016.

American Bar Association
321 N Clark St Fl 14
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

A Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration

Learn about Arbitration from Nationally Recognized Arbitrators and Arbitration Advocates

This two day comprehensive, interactive training in advanced arbitration skills and best practices will be presented by a panel of nationally recognized arbitrators and arbitration advocates. The experts will present the major topics in arbitration in plenary sessions followed by small group discussions facilitated by the faculty.

Break-out concurrent sessions will also be held on special issues like international, construction, employment and securities arbitration, and a practicum will be held for arbitrators on award writing and for advocates on writing an effective arbitration clause.

Keynote speakers at lunch each day will cover the role of the arbitrator in settlement, and will review current trends and hot topics in the field.

Sponsored by the ABA Sections of Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Learn More and Register

First Quarter 2016 News for Alabama Neutrals

First Quarter 2016 News for Alabama Neutrals is online!

http://alabamaadr.org/email/1603_NAN_Newsletter.html

FIRST 2016 MEDIATION TRAININGS

Divorce Domestic Relations, February 18-22, 2016, Birmingham
General Civil Mediation, March 3-5, 2016, Birmingham
Advanced Mediation, March 10, 2015, Montgomery (ASB)

For additional information call the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution  334 269-0409

Update to Selected Mediation Cases on our Website now!

Alabama is developing a body of case law where an issue on appeal arises from a mediation. Comments following case summaries are the authors, not necessarily the holdings of the courts.

Disclaimer:  Case summaries are the product of the various editors’ analysis.  Please review the whole case and not just the summary if you intend to use it.

PDF File Format Things We Know About Mediation In Alabama From Cases That Have Ended Up In The Appellate Courts, October 2015 – This document highlights key issues and references cases in the digest.

PDF File Format Alabama Mediation Cases, October 2015 – A synopsis and analysis of cases of interest to Alabama Neutrals.

Mediators get to the heart of the matter faster, with less cost

OANow,com, Oct 15, 2015

Conflict in life is a given. The majority of the time we do not set out to hurt or injure another person. We have a bad day. We are tired. We have an accident. We make decisions that affect others.

How good it is to have a mediator — a trained conflict-resolution specialist — to help you talk it out with the other people involved. To get to the heart of the matter, to turn what might have been sad, an economic loss, anger, a tragedy, to something of value, to something positive. And, to do it quickly, not years later.

Read more at http://alabamaadr.org/web/media/articles/151015_OANow_Mediators.php

Mediators see advantage in bypassing court action, Dothan, Alabama

Mediators see advantage in bypassing court action, Dothan Eagle, Oct 2015.

A mediator can provide a cost effective and quick way to resolve commercial and domestic disputes, including divorces. Holly Sawyer, a Dothan attorney, said a mediator is most commonly used in civil cases involving business disputes and divorce cases, along with family disputes such as child custody and child support.

Read the story at http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/local/mediators-see-advantage-in-bypassing-court-action/article_aca59f92-7137-11e5-82e3-4fd52166a71a.html.

Practical Tips from Top Mediators

Governor Robert Bentley signs proclamation for Mediation Week 2015, with attorneys Elyce Morris, Bill Coleman, Judy Keegan, and Hon. Scott Donaldson.

Governor Robert Bentley signs proclamation for Mediation Week 2015, with attorneys Elyce Morris, Bill Coleman, Judy Keegan, and Hon. Scott Donaldson.

Did you miss our webcast, Practical Tips from Top Mediators?

As part of the Mediation Week activities, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution sponsored a CLE webcast on October 13, 2015.

The webcast is over, but the presenters materials are available on our website at http://alabamaadr.org/web/CLE/pub_Webcast_Tips_for_Alabama_Mediators.php.

A Mediator is A Conflict Resolution Specialist Who Helps You Get to the Heart of the Matter

Judy Keegan

Judy Keegan, Executive Director

Celebrating Mediation Week, October 11-17, 2015

Article by: Judith M. Keegan, Esq., Executive Director, Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution

Conflict in life is a given. The majority of the time we do not set out to hurt or injure another person. We have a bad day. We are tired. We have an accident. We make decisions that affect others.

How good it is to have a mediator, a trained conflict resolution specialist, to help you talk it out with the other people involved. To get to the heart of the matter, to turn what might have been sad, an economic loss, anger, a tragedy, to something of value, to something positive. And, to do it quickly not years later.

A mediator is a neutral who works hard to find the interests of the people involved and make sure those are known to everyone. Interests often involve more than just money, while money is the only thing available if the conflict is resolved in court. The interest behind a demand for a $35,450 settlement may be the concern of future medical bills, the desire to purchase health insurance to cover unforeseen issues, wanting an apology, having to care for an individual, the need to find out what really happened. Or, all of those. A mediator’s work also includes clarify misunderstandings, getting to the heart of the matter, exploring solutions, and finally reaching agreement. Mediators must listen deeply.

A mediation session usually begins around a table in a confidential setting, most often a conference room. Only the persons involved and their attorneys, if they want, are present. Usually refreshments are available all day, as well as lunch, if the mediation takes most of the day. It is informal. Everyone may ask for a break when necessary. Get up. Go outside. Walk. Think. There is a structure to mediation, sort of an unfolding of the story from both sides. The mediator creates an environment where everyone can do their best negotiation job, and guides the discussion so everyone has a chance to participate, and to ask questions, express sorrow, and release anger respectfully if they want.

In order to be of most help, the mediator will often spend private time with one person or group, and then the other. That way, the mediator may hear and ask questions that might not come out in a joint meeting but may be necessary to resolve the conflict. Information shared in these separate meetings is confidential unless the persons agree to share it.

As they work with the mediator, the people who know the most about the situation make the decisions, solve their own problems, and resolve conflict as promptly as possible. The mediation process promotes looking at options and improved communications. Both facts and feelings are considered. Mediation is voluntary and may be terminated by persons involved, or the mediator. When a conflict is already in court, the people involved may be ordered to participate in mediation, but an agreement is voluntary.

About 98% of all conflict that arrives in court will be settled before trial, and many cases will settle before ever getting to court. While some conflicts require a judge, using a mediator for conflicts that involve automobile accidents, negligence, divorce and family, elder care, employment, business, homeownership or rental, construction, contracts, personal or real property, small claims and other civil matters helps everyone get to the heart of the matter faster and with less cost. Most of us want and need that for our busy lives.

This fee is usually split by the persons involved and is most often significantly less costly than court. The Alabama State Court Mediator Roster at www.alabamamediator.org provides detailed profiles of trained mediators around the state, and the fee charged for mediation. The current Lee County trained mediators are: Phil Adams, Russell Balch, Jennifer M. Chambliss, Kevin Coonrod, Katie Crow, Cody Foote, Robbie Hyde, Richard Lane, Philip Thompson, and Philip Tyler.

Read more articles on our website at alabamaadr.org/web/media/articles_index.php.