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.

New Video Online

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

From our Webinar held on September 17, 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.

 

New Judges Mediation Bench Book (3rd edition)

We have updated the Judge’s Mediation Bench Book This handy reference puts all the law, court rules, code of ethics, forms, and information about mediation in one place so you know about the process and can take advantage of it. This 3rd edition of the Alabama Judges' Mediation Bench Book, was updated and published in 2021. Go to the NEW Judge’s Mediation Bench Book.

 

OPINION 001-2021

Opinion of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution

This new Opinion addresses the question, "Is it proper for our mediation center (made up of registered mediators) to offer a rewards program for lawyers who use their services? " Read the Opinion

 

Educational Videos Online

2021 Collaborative Law Series

We have concluded our 2021 series on Collaborative Law. If you missed these recent webinars, or would like to listen again, they are now available through the website. Just follow the links below.

  • Introduction to Collaborative Law
    - Webinar held March 4, 2021. Go to Video.
  • Cybersecurity
    - Webinar held March 18, 2021. Go to Video.
  • Landlord Tenant Evictions
    - Webinar held April 29, 2021. Go to Video.
  • Collaborative Law Focus on Team
    - Webinar held May 13, 2021. Go to Video.

ABA Mediation Week Webinars

Each year during the third week of October the American Bar Association observes “Mediation Week.”  In 2020, the Alabama State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution sponsored these free CLE events to highlight the many ways alternative dispute resolution can make an impact on our judicial system. Thsee 60-minute webinars are available online.

  • ADR for Today’s Businesses 
    - October 19, 2020.   Video Page
  • Ala. Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Ombudsman Program
    - October 20, 2020. Video Page
  • ADR Trends in Alabama
    - October 21, 2020.   Video Page
  • Private Judging: The Who, What, When, Where & How
    - October 22, 2020.   Video Page

How to Get the Best Experience from Online Mediation

On September 17, 2020, we held a webinar, How to Get the Best Experience from Online Mediation.

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.

Collaborative Law Practice Webinars

Selected webinars from our 2019 series are available online. . The series included: Introduction to Collaborative Law Practice, Focus on Team: Breaking Down Roles, The How To’s of Collaborative Law, and Informed Consent/Civil Collaboration. View Collaborative Law Practice Videos

 

Recommended Order for Mediation

On December 11, 2020 the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution approved a recommended Order for Mediation for trial judges to consider using when ordering cases to mediation. To the Recommended Order for Mediation.

 

More Training

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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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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