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News for Alabama Neutrals

2nd Qtr 2016 Newsletter

2nd Qtr 2016 Newsletter

The 2016 2nd Quarter newsletter is available:

– Online at alabamaadr.org/email/1603_NAN_Newsletter.html

– PDF at alabamaadr.org/web/media/newsletters/

In this issue:

  • New Officers
  • Common Sense Mediation
  • Pro Bono Mediator Award
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • Social Media Links

UPDATED – Alabama Judges’ Mediation Bench Book

Judges Mediation Bench Book: A Resource for Alabama Trial Judges (2nd edition)

Judges Mediation Bench Book: A Resource for Alabama Trial Judges (2nd edition)


Alabama Judges’ Mediation Bench Book: A Resource for Alabama Trial Judges (2nd edition)

This handy Judge’s Mediation Bench Book 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.

Download a copy at http://alabamaadr.org/web/CLE/pub_Judges_Med_Bench_Book.php.

2nd Annual Professional Skills Program, Oct 27-29, Nashville



Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to partner with the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University for this program!

October 27-29, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee
This program takes place on the campus of Lipscomb University.

About the Program

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals. Participants will network with nationally prominent faculty, as well as participants from the other specialties at plenary sessions, lunches, and receptions. Early enrollment is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe. Contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail Lori.Rushford@pepperdine.edu to enroll or to request a brochure.

Participants select the process in which they desire expertise (one course only), as all programs will be presented simultaneously. To provide for personalized instruction, enrollment for each course is limited to ensure a close working relationship among the faculty and participants. Course sessions will include lectures, small group discussions, and practice exercises. Faculty and other participants will also provide performance coaching. The synergy of ideas will provide a truly unique learning experience.


Mediation and Arbitration of Cross-Border Commercial Disputes, London

Visit London in June and LEARN too!

Visit London in June and LEARN too!


Skillful 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 June 13 to Friday June 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

TIME: Breakfast from 8:30 a.m., Courses from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CLE: 18 credits in Professional Practice; 2 credits in Ethics

General: $2,399
NYLS Alumni and ABA DR Section Members: $2,199

TO REGISTER: adrlondon.eventbrite.com

Read more in our Newsletter at alabamaadr.org/email/1603_NAN_Newsletter.html.

9th Annual Arbitration Training Institute

ChicagoJune 2-3, 2016
The deadline to register is Monday, May 23, 2016.

American Bar Association
321 N Clark St Fl 14
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

A Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration

Learn about Arbitration from Nationally Recognized Arbitrators and Arbitration Advocates

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.

Break-out concurrent sessions will also be held on special issues like international, construction, employment and securities arbitration, and a practicum will be held for arbitrators on award writing and for advocates on writing an effective arbitration clause.

Keynote speakers at lunch each day will cover the role of the arbitrator in settlement, and will review current trends and hot topics in the field.

Sponsored by the ABA Sections of Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Learn More and Register

First Quarter 2016 News for Alabama Neutrals

First Quarter 2016 News for Alabama Neutrals is online!



Divorce Domestic Relations, February 18-22, 2016, Birmingham
General Civil Mediation, March 3-5, 2016, Birmingham
Advanced Mediation, March 10, 2015, Montgomery (ASB)

For additional information call the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution  334 269-0409

Update to Selected Mediation Cases on our Website now!

Alabama is developing a body of case law where an issue on appeal arises from a mediation. Comments following case summaries are the authors, not necessarily the holdings of the courts.

Disclaimer:  Case summaries are the product of the various editors’ analysis.  Please review the whole case and not just the summary if you intend to use it.

PDF File Format Things We Know About Mediation In Alabama From Cases That Have Ended Up In The Appellate Courts, October 2015 – This document highlights key issues and references cases in the digest.

PDF File Format Alabama Mediation Cases, October 2015 – A synopsis and analysis of cases of interest to Alabama Neutrals.

Mediators get to the heart of the matter faster, with less cost

OANow,com, Oct 15, 2015

Conflict in life is a given. The majority of the time we do not set out to hurt or injure another person. We have a bad day. We are tired. We have an accident. We make decisions that affect others.

How good it is to have a mediator — a trained conflict-resolution specialist — to help you talk it out with the other people involved. To get to the heart of the matter, to turn what might have been sad, an economic loss, anger, a tragedy, to something of value, to something positive. And, to do it quickly, not years later.

Read more at http://alabamaadr.org/web/media/articles/151015_OANow_Mediators.php

Mediators see advantage in bypassing court action, Dothan, Alabama

Mediators see advantage in bypassing court action, Dothan Eagle, Oct 2015.

A mediator can provide a cost effective and quick way to resolve commercial and domestic disputes, including divorces. Holly Sawyer, a Dothan attorney, said a mediator is most commonly used in civil cases involving business disputes and divorce cases, along with family disputes such as child custody and child support.

Read the story at http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/local/mediators-see-advantage-in-bypassing-court-action/article_aca59f92-7137-11e5-82e3-4fd52166a71a.html.