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  • Alabama ADR News » January 2015
    January 25th 2015 We Remember Mediator Charles Booth Esq Birmingham Charles Booth Charles Booth was just the type of lawyer and mediator you d like to work with on a regular basis He was an active member of the Dispute Resolution Section and was a committed mediator with many donations of pro bono mediation time We will miss him Charles Houser Booth Jr April 2 1943 January 16 2015 Charles Houser Booth Jr 71 of Mountain Brook Alabama passed away Friday evening January 16 2015 He was a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and the Cumberland School of Law He practiced law in the private and corporate sectors Charles was a member of the Faculty at Birmingham School of Law A distinguished member of the American Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association Charles was recognized as Mediator of the Year in 2011 among numerous other awards He was a friend to many and active in sports car clubs where he mentored many young drivers Charles was a committed member of All Saints Episcopal Church Category ADR Events Mediators Posted on January 24th 2015 Crimestoppers Annual Awards Luncheon awards Pete Cobb Pete Cobb at the Crimestoppers Annual Awards Luncheon Pete Cobb Esq Chair Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution accepts thanks CrimeStoppers Peer Mediation Program was a 2014 grantee of the Commission and Pete Cobb Esq of Balch Bingham LLP Montgomery attended the luncheon and accepted thanks for Commission support Category ADR Peer Mediation Posted on January 22nd 2015 Family and Foreclosure Mediation Programs highlighted in Jere Beasley Report A recent article in the Jere Beasley Report Foreclosure And Family Mediation Programs Provide Free Help To Those In Need highlighted our family and foreclosure mediation programs Both have been successful to date This article is helping to further spread the word Read the article at http www jerebeasleyreport com 2014 12 foreclosure and family mediation programs provide free help to those in need Category Family Courts Family Mediation Foreclosure Prevention Mediation Mediation Posted on January 12th 2015 Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation Program 2014 Foreclosure Mediation Training Alabama has been one of the hardest hit states with respect to foreclosures The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Inc offers a FREE foreclosure mortgage modification mediation program to Homeowners Through April 30 2015 the Center will pay for the cost of mediators to mediate homeowner issues To date we have over 100 foreclosure cases that are mediated and or underway This program designed to mediate foreclosure and other mortgage problems assists both homeowners and mortgage servicers in resolving foreclosures Learn more about Foreclosure Mediation Find a Mediator with Foreclosure Training Contact the Center to learn how you can participate in this program Category ADR Posted on January 4th 2015 Family Mediation Program Parenting Divorce and Post Divorce Issues The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Inc offers a FREE family mediation program to help families with children fashion a parenting plan for the judge The Center will pay the cost of specially

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  • Alabama ADR News » February 2014
    CONFLICTS THAT ARISE WITH SERVICERS BEFORE FORECLOSURE IS INITIATED AS WELL AS FOR CASES THAT ARE IN VARIOUS COURTS INCLUDING THE APPELLATE COURTS THE CENTER WILL BE ABLE TO COMPENSATE MEDIATORS FOR THEIR SERVICES FROM FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ALABAMA AS PART OF THE NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT THE CENTER HAS HOSTED TWO COLLABORATIVE MEETINGS TO INVITE DISCUSSION ON DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TRAINING OR ON MEDIATOR QUALIFICATIONS PLEASE CALL THE CENTER AT 334 269 0409 Category ADR ADR Training Conflict Resolution Foreclosure Prevention Mediation Mediation Posted on February 20th 2014 SANDY SPEAKMAN GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND VICE CHAIR OF THE ALABAMA SUPREME COURT COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION ACCEPTS ABRAHAM LINCOLN PILLAR OF EXCELLENCE AWARD VA Secretary Eric Shinseki right presents the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award to Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs General Counsel Sandy Speakman and Alabama VA Commissioner W Clyde Marsh The 2013 Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award for Innovative State Programs was awarded to the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and Sandy Speakman the general counsel also the Vice Chair of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution was in Washington D C February 11 to accept the award The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs has been honored nationally for its leadership and innovation in the state s Veterans Treatment Court VTC program for veterans involved in the justice system Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik Shinseki presented the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award for Innovative State Programs to Alabama VA officials during a ceremony held at the White House in Washington D C on February 11 The Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award is a new recognition program developed by the U S Department of Veterans Affairs Office of

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  • Alabama ADR News » October 2013
    Break Out Sessions Click here for the 2013 program brochure The ADR Sections and Committees of the following Bar Associations State Bars Alabama Atlanta Chattanooga Georgia Indiana Louisiana Michigan Mississippi Missouri Nashville and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Arkansas ADR Commission Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution International Mediation Institute IMI Lawyers Association for Women Nashville Napier Looby Bar Association Nashville North Carolina ADR Commission Tennessee ADR Commission Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators TAPM Virginia Joint ADR Committee of Va Bar Association Va State Bar Virginia Dispute Resolution Services Office at the Supreme Court of Virginia Register Today Space is limited Category ADR Training Mediation Mediation Advocacy Negotiation Posted on October 14th 2013 AUBURN AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA APPOINT OMBUDSPERSON AUBURN AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA APPOINT OMBUDSPERSON AUBURN Following a national search Kevin Coonrod JD has been appointed the new Ombudsperson for Auburn University beginning September 1 Mr Coonrod is a graduate of the Idaho College of Law and brings extensive experience in the fields of alternative dispute resolution organizational ombuds training and mediation He most recently served as the mentor mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County in Seattle Washington The Ombuds Office at Auburn works confidentially with staff and faculty for concerns about university policies practices and workplace conflict and the scope was recently expanded to include student population UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA SELECTS DR JEANNE MAES AS FIRST FACULTY OMBUDSPERSON An accomplished business professor and professional mediator with nearly 30 years of service to the University of South Alabama has been chosen as the University s first faculty ombudsperson Professor of Management Dr Jeanne Maes was selected by Acting President Dr John Smith in collaboration with the USA Faculty Senate Maes will begin her role as USA s faculty ombudsperson this fall The faculty ombudsperson serves as a confidential independent and neutral resource available to the faculty to facilitate and encourage cooperation and consensus throughout the workplace by mediation Category ADR Posted on October 14th 2013 WINNING NEGOTIATIONS DECEMBER 12 2013 Nationally renowned advanced negotiation teacher Frank West Morrison will lead a full day of hands on training based on the principles advanced in the Harvard Negotiation Research Project s Beyond Winning The program will be held T hursday December 12th 2013 from 8 00 4 30 at the new Westin Hotel 14 Civic Center Place in Birmingham Space is limited 6 5 hours CLE including 1 hours ethics 225 for Birmingham Bar ADR members 299 for non members To register on line https m360 birminghambar org ViewEvent aspx id 89488 instance 0 Sponsored by the Birmingham Bar Association s ADR Section the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Cabaniss Johnson Nolan Byers Christian Small Jones Walker Maynard Cooper Gale and Freedom Court Reporters Category ADR Negotiation Posted on October 7th 2013 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION Conflict resolution professionals work in a range of fields including business law education healthcare and government They act

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  • Alabama ADR News » August 2013
    October 2011 4 August 2011 4 July 2011 3 June 2011 2 March 2011 7 December 2010 5 August 2010 5 April 2010 2 March 2010 1 February 2010 2 December 2009 3 October 2009 1 September 2009 1 August 2009 2 July 2009 2 April 2009 1 February 2009 1 October 2008 1 September 2008 1 JEFFERSON COUNTY DISTRICT COURT VOLUNTEER MEDIATION PROGRAM WINS PRO BONO AWARD FOR 2013 J Payne Baker Esq and Bar President Phillip McCallum The Jefferson County District Court Volunteer Mediation Program won the 2013 mediation pro bono award at the Alabama State Bar annual meeting at Point Clear July 18 2013 The award was presented to J Payne Baker coordinator of the program one of the longest running volunteer mediation programs in the state This program was initially established by Michelle Obradovic Parry and has served the County for over 12 years Volunteer mediators mediate small claims and specially set district cases for the judges all who have expressed thanks for having them Category Mediation Mediators Posted on August 2nd 2013 SAVE THE DATE ABA ADVANCED MEDIATION ADVOCACY SKILLS INSTITUTE SAVE THE DATE Annual Advanced Mediation Advocacy Skills Institute November 21 22 2013 Omni Nashville Hotel Nashville TN This two day interactive institute features rare opportunities to learn from some of the leading mediators and mediation advocates in North America Each panel provides an opportunity to learn from an expert mediator high powered in house counsel and a skilled outside attorney Each phase of the mediation process will be discussed followed by small group discussions led by experts in the field The opportunity for mediators and advocates to interact in small facilitated groups provides a unique environment to enhance your skill knowledge and understanding of the mediation process More information to come Category ADR

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  • Alabama ADR News » May 2013
    foreclosure mediations Attorney General Strange stated that The Center has a history of establishing mediation programs in courts throughout the state as well as educating mediators in the specifics of various areas of law General Strange declared that Mediation can be a powerful tool in avoiding foreclosure by bringing both the homeowner and lender to an agreement The Alabama Statewide Foreclosure Prevention Mediation Program will have a lasting impact by helping homeowners throughout the state avoid foreclosure while education mediators in foreclosure law and process Other grant recipients included Legal Services Alabama Gateway Woodlawn Foundation Inc Women s Fund of Greater Birmingham and the University of Alabama School of Law The funds were secured by the Attorney General s participation in last year s 25 billion joint federal state agreement with the nation s five largest mortgage servicers The settlement issues were foreclosure abuses fraud and unacceptable nationwide mortgage servicing practices Category Foreclosure Prevention Mediation Posted on May 31st 2013 GET THE LATEST ON ARBITRATION ARBITRATION LAW UPDATE ABA SPONSORED ARBITRATION LAW UPDATE JUNE 18 2013 12 1 15 EASTERN TIME In this teleconference the panel will discuss the most important arbitration issues of the past year United States Supreme Court rulings dealing with arbitration as well as notable federal and state court decisions will be reviewed The panel will consider issues related to labor and employment as well as give a legislative update http www americanbar org content dam aba events dispute resolution cle and mtg planning board teleconferences 2012 2013 June 2013 arbupdateflyer authcheckdam pdf Cost for ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members is 75 Category ADR Training Arbitration Posted on May 31st 2013 JEFFERSON COUNTY DISTRICT COURT MEDIATION PROGRAM WINS ALABAMA STATE BAR PRO BONO AWARD Payne Baker Esq and the volunteers of the Jefferson County District Court Mediation Program have won the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Mediator Award which will be presented at the Bench and Bar luncheon at the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting Point Clear Alabama in July 2013 The award was announced by Linda Lund Esq director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program at the State Bar The Jefferson County District Court Mediation Program is one of the longest running volunteer district court mediation programs in Alabama It was begun by Michelle Obradovic Parry Esq more than 10 years ago and has continued recently with Payne Baker Esq as coordinator The Honorable John Amari the Honorable Robert Bynon and the Honorable John Lowther as well as the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution nominated the program Category ADR Mediation Mediators Posted on May 6th 2013 Caseload Manager Cloud based Caseload Management System for ADR Practitioners According to Caseload Manager it is the leading cloud based caseload management system for ADR practitioners and programs They work with you to shape your Caseload Manager to meet your unique case and data management needs We include everything at a set price including consultation training ongoing support and reports Free trial available http www mediate com caseload index

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  • Alabama ADR News » April 2013
    of the registration fee is non refundable E mail Jodi McKelvin at jmckelvin shelbyroden com for agenda and registration form Or have registration form mailed to you from the Center 334 269 0409 Category ADR Elder Law Mediation Mediation Posted on April 26th 2013 SAVE THE DATE FOR ADVANCED MEDIATION ADVOCACY SKILLS ABA Section of Dispute Resolution The ABA 11th Annual Advanced Mediation Advocacy Skills Institute is set for November 21 22 2013 at the Omni Nashville Hotel Nashville TN This two day interactive institute features rare opportunities to learn from some of the leading mediators and mediation advocates in North America Each panel provides an opportunity to learn from an expert mediator high powered in house counsel and a skilled outside attorney Each phase of the mediation process will be discussed followed by small group conversations let by experts in the field The opportunity for mediators and advocated to interact in small facilitated groups provides a unique environment to enhance your skill knowledge and understanding of the mediation process Be on the look out for further developments The Alabama State Bar Section of Dispute Resolution will be one of the sponsors of the Institute Join the section Section Dues Attorney 45 Associate 35 Law Student 0 Join by phone by calling 1 800 285 2221 Category ADR Mediation Mediation Advocacy Posted on April 26th 2013 FAULKNER UNIVERSITY THOMAS GOODE JONES SCHOOL OF LAW TOPS 109 TEAMS FROM 59 LAW SCHOOLS TO WIN THE 2013 ABA REPRESENTATION IN MEDIATION COMPETITION Jones Law School Wins 2013 ABA Negotation Competition Congratulations to the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law negotiation team that topped 109 other teams of negotiators from 59 law schools to win the 2013 American Bar Association Representation in Medition Competition in Chicago last week Ashley Norgard and Joshua Bradshaw

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  • Alabama ADR News » February 2013
    February 2009 1 October 2008 1 September 2008 1 JONES LAW SCHOOL WINS ABA NEGOTIATION REGIONAL NOW ON TO CHICAGO Jones Law School Winning Negotiation Team with 2nd placed finalists team judges and mediator Cheryl Leatherwood Jones Law School at Faulkner University finished first in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past Saturday February 23 2013 The winning team of Ashley Norgard and Joshua Bradshaw will be going to the ABA meeting in Chicago to compete in the final national competition The second place finalists in regional were Sonia Sonnenburg and Mark Gullate also from Jones In the picture Robert Shearer JD and Jeanie Maes from the University of South Alabama back row left served as Judges as did Bill Carn Esq from Dothan back row right Cheryl Leatherwood LBSW back row second from right and member of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution served as mediator in the final round Ken Dunham Esq Jones Law School Professor and Coach with winning team Ashley Norgard and Joshua Bradshaw Also taking part in the competition two teams each from law schools at Ohio State Marquette Tulane LSU and Mississippi College and 2nd place team from Jones Category ADR Negotiation Posted on February 25th 2013 NEW MORTGAGE LOAN WORK OUT RULES JANUARY 2014 ACT QUICKLY TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS New Rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which go into effect January 10 2014 will help those having problems making the mortgage and will also protect consumers from wrongful actions taken by mortgage servicers A servicer must now help consumers before starting or continuing foreclosure and must contact the homeowner no later than 36 days after a payment is due and unpaid The homeowner must submit an application and within 30 days after submission the servicer must advise if there is

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  • Alabama ADR News » January 2013
    discuss how to work and if necessary bargain with a mediator to deal with specific issues including pre mediation conversations first offers and difficult clients Register on line https apps americanbar org aba timssnet meetings tnt meetings cfm action long primary id DR13021 webtextid 71946 Subsystem MTG related prod flag 0 Category Family Mediation Mediation Posted on January 30th 2013 FINRA BEGINS PHONE MEDIATION IN NEW PILOT PROGRAM The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority FINRA announced this week that it has launched a pilot offering parties in simplified cases pro bono or reduced fee mediation The pilot begins January 15 2013 is voluntary and open to cases involving claims of 50 000 or less Parties who are interested in participating in the program may notify FINRA by visiting www finra org arbitrationmediation smallclaims FINRA staff will also notify eligible parties about particiipating in the program Mediators serve pro bono on cases of 25 000 or less and would receive a reduced mediation fee of 50 per hour for claims in the 25 001 to 50 000 range Category ADR Mediation Posted on January 18th 2013 MEDIATION IN ALABAMA 2012 APPELLATE CASES A Westlaw search in Alabama cases for medation DA aft 1 1 2012 provided the following 13 cases where mediation was mentioned in a 2012 appellate decision Some are substantive some are not 1 Terry v Terry So 3d 2012 WL 6062574 Ala Civ App 2012 2 Davis v Davis So 3d 2012 WL 4841347 Ala Civ App 2012 3 Ex parte Spencer So 3d 2012 WL 4473251 Ala 2012 4 EAB v DGW Jr So 3d 2012 WL 3871474 Ala Civ App 2012 5 Ex parte Bole So 3d 2012 WL 3764721 Ala 2012 6 Bennett v Skinner 98 So 3d 1140 2012 WL 2161641 Ala 2012 7 Waddell

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