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