ACDR News and Highlights

Since 1994, we have been the state office of dispute resolution for Alabama. At the Center, we work with the courts, the Alabama State Bar, state agencies, schools, community mediation initiatives, and businesses to promote early and peaceful resolution of disputes. The Center serves as the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution.

April Training Webinars

April is ADR month. Join us for the following free CLEs sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama State Bar & the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.  The April programs have been approved for 60 minutes each of MCLE credit by the Alabama State Bar.  After registering and receiving approval you will receive a link to join the webinar(s).

April 4, 2022, Noon, “The Importance of Empathy in Mediation”

Neutrals interact with disputants from various backgrounds. Building rapport helps to establish common ground, emphasize similarities, and establish empathy to help parties feel more comfortable in the exchange. Attorneys representing clients may wish to build rapport not only with their clients, but with the neutral in order to be more effective communicators and better listeners. 
Our presenters include Jefferson County attorneys/mediators/collaborative law practitioners Frances Nolan and Virginia Miller, along with Cumberland Law Faculty/Staff members Emily Bonds Davey and Lynn D. Hogewood.
Registration closes April 3rd. Register at:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscu6grDMsEtDHZzQVeRNpQ7mi7RIT8DJY

April 18, 2022, Noon, “ADR Trends in Alabama”

Have you wondered what impact the pandemic has had on alternative dispute resolution in Alabama? During this 60-minute live webinar, we will review ADR trends from 2021 and also talk about online dispute resolution projects that Judge Brent Craig is working on such as Online Traffic Resolution and Morgan County’s Pilot Small Claims District Court Mediation Program.
Our presenters include: Hon. Brent Craig, James N. Walter, Jr., Esq., and Eileen Harris, Esq.
Registration closes April 14th.  Register at:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtduGpqzwvE9wbWKRJFPS33kofImLiaQLE

April 21, 2022, Noon, “Best Practices in Arbitration”

Join three well-known arbitrators from around the State of Alabama as they share their best practices for advocates and arbitrators in preparing for and conducting an efficient and fair arbitration hearing and issuing an award.
Our panelists include:  Jon Lewis, Esq., Brooke Lawson., Esq., and Cooper Shattuck, Esq.
Registration closes April 20th. Register at:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtduuhqDsqGNeVr-YlpUF-SGbQ3bMeulkq

2021 ADR by the Numbers

Last year's statistics for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging are available now in our annual report:

Gold Handbook Updated

The fifth edition of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model, known as the Gold Handbook, is updated for 2021 and available for download as a pdf file!

Educational Videos Online

Mediating Tips for Mediators and Lawyers in the Land of Zoom
We're not in Kansas Anymore!

From our Webinar held in September 2021. Remote mediation is a whole new way to mediate! Harold Stephens and Cooper Shattuck explore how to navigate the changes. Go to Mediating Tips for Mediators and Lawyers in the Land of Zoom.

Landlord Tenant Evictions and Collaborative Law

This is one of our most requested webinars! Originally held last April.
Go to Landlord Tenant Evictions Video.

How to Get the Best Experience from Online Mediation

In this webinar, a panel of experienced attorney-mediators shares information gained from conducting online mediations throughout the state. This program is appropriate for lawyers representing clients in mediations as well as those wanting to learn more about online dispute resolution. Watch the video on the Online Mediation page.

COVID-19 Concerns: Online Mediation Offers an Option

On March 16, 2020, we held our first webinar on virtual mediation. Susan Guthrie presented a FREE member benefit program via the Zoom platform on “Online Dispute Mediation and Coaching.” For those practitioners whose in-person mediations and meetings are being canceled and postponed due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, ONLINE MEDIATION provides an easily implemented solution. Listen to an audio-recording of the presentation and review other related materials on the Online Mediation page.

More Videos Online

More training videos are available for free in our Resources section.

Additional Training Opportunities

Take advantage of upcoming training opportunities sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.

Check the Calendar.

 

  

Private Judges

The Alabama Private Judge Act authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases. - More -

Arbitrators

Arbitration agreements, are often found in pre-printed consumer contracts. They require parties to the contract to resolve disputes in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge and/or jury. - More -

Mediators

Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.

  • General Mediation offers a path to resolving many disputes. - More -
  • Family Mediation offers divorce and family mediation for parenting, divorce and post-divorce issues. - More -
  • Forclosure Prevention and Mortgage Modification Mediation offers specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. - More -

Keeping your Information Safe

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Let's Get Social!

Did you know we're on Facebook?
Visit our page at facebook.com/alabamaadr and Like us to keep up with the latest news and happenings at the Alabama Center For Dispute Resolution!

We're also on Twitter!
While we don't have a lot of "fast-breaking news," we also have a Twitter account to keep you up on the latest. Follow us @AlabamaADR at twitter.com/alabamaadr

And we have a YouTube channel!
It contains videos and links to videos related to our favorite topics... mediation, negotiation, arbitration, restorative justice. Visit Alabama Dispute Resolution Center on YouTube.


WHO WE ARE

Alabama CDR is the state office of dispute resolution. At the Center, we work with the courts, the Alabama State Bar, state agencies, schools, community mediation initiatives, and businesses to promote early and peaceful resolution of disputes. We are the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution.

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