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Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section (ASB DR Section)

  • About the Section
  • Members
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Alabama Arbitration Act
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2010 Dispute Resolution
Back row:  Nick Gaede (co-chair), Jim Reddoch, John Webb (co-chair), Stewart O’Bannon    Front Row:  Don Brockway, Charles Booth, Judy Keegan, Sally Bowers, Abigail van Alstyne, Mary Lynn Bates, Michelle Obradovic, Helen Alford, Allison Skinner, and Heather Leonard.

 
Mission

The Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section (ASB DR Section) addresses various aspects of dispute resolution; negotiations, mediation, arbitration and other techniques to either resolve or simplify the resolution of disputes. The section exists to emphasize to both providers and users of legal services that the Alabama State Bar recognizes the importance of efficient, cost effective resolution of disputes and the role of lawyers in that process. The ADR Committee was reformed in 2010 as the Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section.

Read More

Read more about the Section on the Alabama State Bar Association's web site, including links to bylaws, and leadership at alabar.org/membership/sections/dispute-resolution/

PDF Draft Alabama Arbitration Act, April 24, 2001

  

Minutes (selected)

PDF Minutes of March 31, 2011 Meeting

PDF Minutes of October 20, 2010 Meeting

PDF Minutes to the First Meeting, July 15, 2010

PDF Dispute Resolution Section Approval, April 9, 2009

  

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2010 Dispute Resolution
Back row:  Nick Gaede (co-chair), Jim Reddoch, John Webb (co-chair), Stewart O’Bannon    Front Row:  Don Brockway, Charles Booth, Judy Keegan, Sally Bowers, Abigail van Alstyne, Mary Lynn Bates, Michelle Obradovic, Helen Alford, Allison Skinner, and Heather Leonard.

 
Members 2015-2016

Chair:
Samuel N. Crosby 
Stone Granade & Crosby, PC
8820 U.S. Highway 90
Daphne, AL 36526-0000
Business Phone: (251) 626-6696
Fax: (251) 626-2617
Email: snc@sgclaw.com 

Vice Chair:
Martha R. Cook
McCallum Hoaglund Cook & Irby, LLP
905 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 201
Vestavia Hills, AL  35216-2867
Business Phone:  (205) 824-7767
Fax:  (205) 824-7768
Email: mcook@mhcilaw.com

Secretary:
M. Alexander (Alex) Goldsmith
HealthSouth Corporation
3660 Grandview Pkwy., Suite 200
Birmingham, AL  35243-3332
Business Phone: (205) 970-5815
Fax: (205) 262-8032
Email: alex.goldsmith@healthsouth.com

Treasurer:
Yvonne V. Gabrielson  
1891 Honeysuckle Rd., Suite 1
Dothan, AL 36305-4291
Business Phone: (334) 792-7700
Fax: (334) 792-7703
Email:  ygabrielson@yahoo.com

Immediate Past Chair:
Allison O’Neal Skinner
Skinner Neutral Services, LLC
1025 23rd Street, South  Suite 103
Birmingham, AL  35205-2499
Business Phone: (205) 202-6050
Fax: (205) 871-9562
Email: askinner@acesin.com

CLE Chair:
Elizabeth C. Smithart
P.O. Box 663
Union Springs, AL  36089-0663
Business Phone: (334) 738-8683
Fax: (334) 738-8683
Email: esmithart@yahoo.com 

Mediation Committee Chair:
James Thomas (Tom) Corbett
U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator
1800 5th Avenue, North
Birmingham, AL  35203-2111
Business Phone: (205) 714-3838
Fax: (205) 909-9436
Email: thomas_corbett@alnba.uscourts.gov

Arbitration Committee Chair:
Clay Dean Price
State Farm Insurance Companies
100 State Farm Pkwy
Birmingham, AL  35209-7186
Business Phone: (334) 467-2083
Fax: (205) 944-8282
Email: clay.price.bd80@statefarm.com

Public Interest Chair:
Brian D. Turner, Jr.
Middle Mediation
P.O. Box 19276
Birmingham, AL  35219-9276
Business Phone: (205) 271-3153
Fax: (205) 271-3111
Email: brian@middlemediation.com

Publication Chair:
Brock G. Murphy
Brock G. Murphy Law Firm, LLC
1 Chase Corporate Dr., Suite 400
Hoover, AL  35244-7001
Business Phone: (205) 313-6360
Fax: (205) 313-6362
Email: brockmurphylaw@live.com

Member-At-Large:
James N. (Jim) Walter, Jr.
Capell & Howard, PC
P.O. Box 2069
Montgomery, AL  36102-2069
Business Phone: (334) 241-8046
Fax: (334) 323-8888
Email: jnw@chlaw.com

Council Member Representative:
To Be Announced

Staff Liaison:
Judy Keegan
Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Director
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Direct Phone: (334) 517-2248
Fax: (205) 261-6310
Email: judy.keegan@alabar.org  

Alabama State Bar Executive Staff Liaison:
Ed Patterson
Assistant Executive Director
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Direct Phone: (334) 517-2164
Fax: (205) 261-6310
Email: ed.patterson@alabar.org   

For more information, go to the Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section.

 

Bylaws

Article I: Name and Jurisdiction

Section 1. Name.

The name of this Section shall be the Dispute Resolution Section.

Section 2. Purpose.

The purpose of this Section shall be to promote the objects of the Alabama State Bar within the field of dispute resolution not assigned by the Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar to any other Section or Committee or Task Force of the Alabama State Bar.

Article II: Membership and Dues

Section 1. Membership.

Any active member of the Alabama State Bar Association, who is in good standing upon request to the Alabama State Bar and upon payment of the Section dues for the current year, shall be enrolled as a member of this Section. Any active, senior, or retired federal magistrate, bankruptcy, district, or circuit judge who resides in Alabama and any active, senior or retired state supreme court, court of appeals, circuit, district, or family court judge shall be automatically enrolled in this Section as an honorary member. The membership of this Section shall consist of dues-paying members and non-dues-paying honorary members. Members and honorary members so enrolled shall constitute the membership of this Section, and shall each be members in good standing.

Section 2. Dues.

The amount of the dues shall be fixed by the membership at a regular annual meeting.

Article III: Officers

Section 1. Officers.

The minimum officers of this Section shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary and a Treasurer, or a Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 2. Council

. There shall be a Council, which shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer or a Secretary-Treasurer, the last retiring chairman, together with three other members to be elected by the Section, one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of three years. Hereafter the terms of members of the Council shall be for three years.

Section 3. Term of Office.

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, or the Secretary-Treasurer shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at each annual meeting of this Section, to hold office for a term beginning at the close of the annual meeting at which they shall have been elected and ending at the close of the next succeeding annual meeting of the Section, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. The members of the Council shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at each annual meeting of this Section, and after the first year, to hold office for a term beginning at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected and ending at the close of the third succeeding annual meeting of the Section, or until their successor shall have been elected and qualified.

Article IV: Nomination, Election and Removal of Officers

Section 1. Nominations.

Not less than sixty days before the annual meeting, the Chairman shall appoint a Nomination Committee of at least three members of the Section of whom not more than one may be a member of the Council. The Nominating Committee shall make and report to the Section nominations for any offices and places on the Council held by members whose terms expire with said annual meeting, or for any offices which are then vacant. Other nominations may be made from the floor of the Section meeting.

Section 2. Elections.

All elections shall be by written ballot unless otherwise ordered by resolution duly adopted by the Section at the annual meeting at which the election is held.

Section 3. Removal.

The Section may remove any officer, with or without cause, at any time by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Section. If any elected member of the Council shall fail to attend two successive meetings of the Council, the office held by such member shall be automatically vacated, and the Council shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired term, unless the Council affirmatively votes otherwise.

Article V: Duties of Officers

Section 1. Chairperson.

The Chairperson shall be the chief executive officer of the Section and shall have charge of the general direction and promotion of its affairs, with authority to do such acts as are necessary or proper to carry on the business of the Section, including without limitation:

  1. presiding at all meetings of the Section and of the Council;
  2. formulating and presenting at each annual meeting of the Alabama State Bar a report of the work of the Section for the then past year if requested to do so by the President of the Bar;
  3. >appointing such committees as are required or otherwise permitted by these By-laws;
  4. appointing members of the Section to act as liaison to groups and organizations as appropriate; and
  5. performing such other duties as are delegated by the Council.
Section 2. Vice-Chairperson.

Upon the death, resignation, or during the disability of the Chairperson, or upon the Chairperson’s refusal to act, the Vice-Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson for the remainder of the Chairperson’s term except in the case of the Chairperson’s disability and then only during so much of the term as the disability continues. In order to assure the greater continuity of the functioning of the Section, it shall be the duty of the Vice-Chairperson to collect and organize all available information essential and important to the appointment of committees.

Section 3. Secretary.

The Secretary shall be the custodian of all books, papers, documents, and other property of the Section, except funds and membership records. The Secretary shall keep a true record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Section and of the Council, whether assembled or acting under submission. The Secretary shall issue notices of all meetings of the Council and of the Section. The Secretary, in conjunction with the Chairperson, as authorized by the Council, shall attend generally to the business of the Section and shall perform other such duties as are incidental to the Secretary’s office or as delegated to the Secretary by the Chairperson.

Section 4. Treasurer.

The Treasurer shall be the general custodian of all funds of the Section and shall maintain the Section’s membership records. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all moneys received, appropriated to, and expended for the use of the Section. At such times as may be requested by the Chairperson, or the Alabama State Bar, and no less often than annually, the Treasurer shall render an account of all the Treasurer’s transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Section. The treasurer shall perform other such duties as are incidental to the Treasurer’s office or which may be delegated to the Treasurer by the Chairperson.

Section 5. Secretary-Treasurer.

If the Section chooses to combine the offices of Secretary and Treasurer into one office, the person so elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Section shall perform the duties listed in Section 3 and Section 4 of Article V.

Article VI: Duties and Powers of the Council

Section 1. General Duties and Powers.

The Council shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Section, subject to the direction of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar, and these By-Laws. During the interval between meetings of the Section, the Council shall have full authority to act for the Section in any way in which the Section itself would be authorized to act, and any such action taken by the Council pursuant to this provision shall be reported to the members of the Section at the next meeting of the Section. The Council shall authorize all commitments or contracts which shall entail the payment of money, and shall authorize the expenditures of all moneys appropriated for the use of benefit of the Section. It shall not, however, authorize commitments or contracts which shall entail the payment of more money during any fiscal year that the amount which shall have been previously received or appropriated to the Section for such fiscal year.

Section 2. Appointment of Committees.

The Council may authorize the Chairperson to appoint committees from the Section members to perform such duties and exercise such powers as the Council may direct, subject to the limitations of these By-Laws and the direction of the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar.

Section 3. Filling of Vacancies.

The Council, during the interim between annual meetings of the Section, may fill vacancies in its own membership or in the offices of the Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, or Secretary-Treasurer. In the event of a vacancy in both the offices of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, the Council may fill the vacancy in the office of Chairperson. Members of the Council and officers, so elected shall serve until the close of the next annual meeting of the Section.

Section 4. Quorum and Voting.

Members of the Council may participate in Counsel meetings either in person or by telephone. A majority of the Counsel shall constitute a quorum. The Council may take binding action by a majority vote of those participating in a meeting during which a quorum of the Council is participating.

Section 5. Informal Action.

The Chairperson of the Section may, or upon the request of any member of the Council shall, submit or cause to be submitted in writing, to each of the members of the Council, any proposition upon which the Council may be authorized to act. The members of the Council may vote upon such proposition so submitted by communicating their vote thereon in writing, by facsimile, or by electronic mail to the Secretary, who shall record upon the minutes each proposition so submitted, when, how, at whose request same was submitted, and the vote of each member of the Council thereon, and keep on file such written and signed votes. In such event, a majority vote of the Council shall constitute the binding action of the Council.

Article VII: Committees

Section 1. Eligibility, Appointment, and Meetings.

All members appointed to Committees shall be members in good standing of the Section. The chair of each committee will be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council. The chair of each committee shall decide the appropriate number of members to serve on his or her committee and shall appoint such members with the advice and consent of the Council. Meetings shall be at such time and place as designated by the chair of each committee.

Section 2. Council Approval.

No recommendation of any committee may be adopted by this Section without the prior approval of the Council.

Section 3. Dispute Resolution Continuing Education Standing Committee.

There shall be a standing committee designated as the Dispute Resolution Continuing Education Committee of this Section. It shall consist of the Chairperson and such other officers and as many members with terms as fixed by the Council at the annual meeting. The chairperson and members of this committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council. This committee shall report to the Section at its annual meeting on all efforts by the Section to offer Dispute Resolution Continuing Education to members of the Section and to the general membership of the Alabama State Bar. In addition, this committee shall organize and offer educational programs designed to improve the dispute resolution skills of Section members and of the general membership of the Alabama State Bar. The Committee shall also perform such other duties as are delegated to it by the Council.

Section 4. Dispute Resolution Public Outreach Standing Committee.

There shall be a standing committee designated as the Public Outreach Committee of this Section. It shall consist of the Chairperson and such other officers and as many members with terms as fixed by the Council at the annual meeting. The chairperson and member of this committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council. This committee shall report to the Section at its annual meeting on all efforts by the Section with regard to public outreach, including general education and provision of pro bono dispute resolution services. The committee shall also perform such other duties as are delegated to it by the Council.

Section 5. Dispute Resolution Publications Standing Committee.

There shall be a standing committee designated as the Dispute Resolution Publications Committee of this Section. It shall consist of the Chairperson and such other officers and as many members with terms as fixed by the Council at the annual meeting. The chairman and members of this committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council. This committee shall report to the Section at its annual meeting on all efforts by the Section to offer dispute resolution publications to members of the Section and to the general membership of the Alabama State Bar. In addition, this committee shall organize, publish and disseminate dispute resolution publications designed to improve the practice experience of Section members and general members of the Alabama State Bar. The Committee shall also perform such other duties as are delegated to it by the Council.

Article VIII: Meetings

Section 1. Annual Meeting.

The annual meeting of the Section shall be held at the time and place of the annual convention of the Alabama State Bar or at such other time and place as the Council may determine, upon such written notice as prescribed by the Council.

Section 2. Special Meetings.

A special meeting of the Section may be called by the Chairperson upon approval of a majority of the Council, at such time and place as the Council may determine, upon such written notice as prescribed by the Council.

Section 3. Quorum.

The members of the Section present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 4. Voting.

All binding action of the Section shall be by a majority vote of the members present.

Article IX: Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 1. Fiscal Year.

The fiscal year of the Section shall be July 1 through June 30.

Section 2. Approval of Section Liabilities.

All bills incurred by the Section, before being paid by the Treasurer or the Alabama State Bar, shall be approved by the Chairperson or such other person as the Council or the Alabama State Bar may direct.

Section 3. Compensation.

No salary or compensation shall be paid to any officer or member of the Council.

Section 4. Section Action Effective as Bar Action.

Any action of the Section must be approved by the Board of Bar Commissioners of the State Bar before the same becomes effective as the action of the Alabama State Bar. Any resolution adopted or action taken by this Section may, on request of the Section, be reported by the Chairperson of the Section to any meeting of the Board of Bar Commissioners for its action thereon.

Section 5. Effective Date of By-Laws.

These By-Laws shall become effective upon approval by the Board of Bar Commissioners.

Article X: Amendments

Section 1. Amendments.

These Bylaws may be amended at any annual meeting of the Section by a majority vote of the members of the Section present and voting, provided such proposed amendment shall first have been approved by a majority of the Council and provided, further, that no amendment so adopted shall become effective until approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar.”

These Bylaws were duly approved by the Board of Bar Commissioners for the Alabama State Bar in March, 2010.

WHEREAS, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar approved these Bylaws in a meeting duly assembled on the 15th day of July 2010.

 


Speakers Bureau
The Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar has established a speakers bureau to respond to community requests to speak on mediation and arbitration.

 
Speakers Bureau

The Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar has established a speakers bureau to respond to community requests to speak on mediation and arbitration.

This is intended to supplement the State Bar Road Show by providing informative programs not only to local bars, but also to a wider range of groups such as civic clubs, schools, and business associations.

Over 100 attorneys are willing to participate as speakers.

Each speaker will have the benefit of educational materials available through the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution and will be evaluated following presentations.

Please make the availability of this service known to your members and request their help in getting this information to appropriate groups.

For a list of speakers in your area, you may call the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution at (334) 269-0409.

 


The Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section replaced the ADR Committee.

 


meeting
The Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar has established a speakers bureau to respond to community requests to speak on mediation and arbitration.

 
Alabama Arbitration Act (DRAFT)

The Alabama Arbitration Act (DRAFT) begins as follows. You may read the full text by following the link below to open a PDF file.

April 24, 2001 Draft
FOR DISCUSSION ONLY

ALABAMA ARBITRATION ACT

Alabama State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
Jack Clarke, Chairman
Subcommittee to Draft an Alabama Arbitration Act
Mary Lynn Bates, Chairman and Reporter

The ideas and conclusions set forth in this draft, including the proposed statutory language and any comments or reporter's notes, have not been passed upon by the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bar and its Members. Proposed statutory language may not be used to ascertain the intended meaning of any promulgated final statutory proposal.

Download the PDF Alabama Arbitration Act (DRAFT)

 

 
Photo Gallery

Back row: Nick Gaede (co-chair), Jim Reddoch, John Webb (co-chair), Stewart O’Bannon Front Row: Don Brockway, Charles Booth, Judy Keegan, Sally Bowers, Abigail van Alstyne, Mary Lynn Bates, Michelle Obradovic, Helen Alford, Allison Skinner, and Heather Leonard.
Back row:  Nick Gaede (co-chair), Jim Reddoch, John Webb (co-chair), Stewart O’Bannon   
Front Row:  Don Brockway, Charles Booth, Judy Keegan, Sally Bowers, Abigail van Alstyne,
Mary Lynn Bates, Michelle Obradovic, Helen Alford, Allison Skinner, and Heather Leonard.