Alabama Center For Dispute Resolution
Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution

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. Read more about the Commission.


NEW - Newsletter - The May 2016 Small Claims Mediation News (pdf), from Margie Stellingwerf at the Madison County Courthouse, Hunstville is online. We will post future issues on the Court ADR, District tab.

NEW - Placing Children First - A video produced by the Administrative Office of Courts, Alabama. This video discusses Children's Rights and provides Tips for Parents with Shared Custody to be sure to put the children first. Go to Video. This video ties into our free family mediation program (next paragraph).

FREE Divorce & Family Mediation Program
It's a Win-Win program...
- Parents get help mediating a parenting plan and resolving other divorce issues.
- The Center reimburses the mediator.
Is your county offering this program yet? We have updated information on which Alabama counties are participating!
- More information and map on the Family Mediation page -

News for Alabama Neutrals The 2016 1st Quarter newsletter is available:
- Online at
- PDF at

Upcoming Training Opportunities!

9th Annual Arbitration Training Institute
June 2-3, 2016, Chicago   

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.


New York Law School Week Long Course in LondonSkillful 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-Friday, June 13-17, 2016
Lots more details in our
1st Quarter News for Alabama Neutrals Newsletter

PLAN FOR THIS FALL:  2nd Annual Professional Skills Program

NashvilleOctober 27-29, 2016
Nashville, TN

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to partner with the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University for this program! This program takes place on the campus of Lipscomb University.
Details available later this summer, but you can - Register Now


Negotiation Webinar Series - 2016 This 5-part Negotiation Series is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the leading experts in the field. Each webinar will focus on different stages of the negotiation process, with useful techniques and strategies for negotiators discussed throughout. Learn more.

New Mediation Webinar Series - 2016 This 6-part mediation series is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the leading mediators in the country. Each webinar will focus on different phases of the mediation process, as well as useful analytical techniques and strategies for mediators. Learn more.


2016-2017 Mediator Roster Applications are now available online. Go to the Roster Applications page.

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 you can still hear it and review the presenters materials.

Things We Know About Mediation in Alabama From Cases That Have Ended Up in the Appellate Courts has been updated as of October 2015. Read about new decisions affecting Mediation. Updated Select AL ADR Mediation Cases.

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YouTubeAnd now we have a YouTube channel! We are loading videos and pointing to reference videos related to our favorite topics... mediation, negotiation, arbitration, restorative justice, etc.
Visit Alabama Alternative Dispute Resolution Center on YouTube.

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Help for your Family

FREE Mediation for
Parents are Forever Parenting, Divorce, and Post Divorce Issues
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Help for your Home

Foreclosure Mediation
Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation Program

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Foreclosure Mediator

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Training & Events

Our training calendar lists upcoming opportunities for professional training.