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.
News for Alabama Neutrals
A new Newsletter is online! Read the latest at October 2020 News for Alabama Neutrals.
ABA Mediation Week (October 19-23, 2020)
Each year during the third week of October the American Bar Association observes “Mediation Week.” This year the Alabama State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution are sponsoring several free CLE events to highlight the many ways alternative dispute resolution can make an impact on our judicial system. We are pleased to note that Mediation Week occurs in October when we also celebrate Pro Bono Month at the Alabama State Bar.
The pandemic has brought to the forefront that alternative dispute resolution offers options for disputants to resolve their issues and achieve justice in a timely manner. You may or may not have noticed that mediators continued to work with attorneys and litigants during periods of judicial shutdown. They have demonstrated flexibility and creativity using online tools to conduct mediations. In addition to mediation, private judging also provides an alternative.
We invite you to take advantage of some or all of the events we have lined up which also observe the ABA’s “Ombuds Day.”
The 60-minute live webinars are free. Each webinar has been approved for 60-minutes of MCLE credit by the Alabama State Bar.
Please register by October 15, 2020.
- October 19th Noon to 1 P.M.
“ADR for Today’s Businesses”
- October 20th Noon to 1 P.M.
“Ala. Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Ombudsman Program”
- October 21st Noon to 1 P.M.
“ADR Trends in Alabama”
Register in advance for this meeting: Register for October 21st
- October 22nd Noon to 1 P.M.
“Private Judging: The Who, What, When, Where & How”
Register in advance for this meeting: Register for October 22nd
You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting following completion of your registration.
Educational Videos Online
View on the Online Mediation 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.
ONLINE NOW! - 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.
2019 Collaborative Law Practice
We has made selected webinars from our 2019 series available online. Online now:
- Introduction to Collaborative Law Practice - (Held August 23, 2019)
- Focus on Team: Breaking Down Roles - (Held September 20, 2019)
- The How To’s of Collaborative Law - (Held October 18, 2019)
- Informed Consent/Civil Collaboration - (Held Dec 6, 2019-no video available)
The Hype about HIPAA and HITECH
Samarria Munnerlyn Dunson, J.D., CHC, CHPC, walks you through HIPAA Basics, Business Associates, HITECH, Charging for Medical Records-Latest Guidance, Enforcement Update, and HIPAA on the Horizon.
Take advantage of upcoming training opportunities sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.