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  • Alabama ADR News » Alabama Mediators: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Delegation goes to Cuba
    of the trip was to discuss dispute resolution processes in the Cuban justice system The delegates initially met with the National Union of Jurists of Cuba a professional organization for lawyers to discuss legal education in Cuba The universities are free however it is extremely competitive to get in Between 1982 and 1992 graduating law students were required to practice in a bufete for three years as a social service Now graduating students can provide their social services at a wide array of legal jobs Bufetes are collective law offices first established by the Ministry of Justice after the private practice of law was abolished and currently under the oversight of the National Organization of Bufetes Colectivos ONBC The delegation met with a local trade union CTC to discuss labor mediation They also met with the Cuban Society of Constitutional and Administrative Law to discuss the Cuban legal system analysis of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba and the Cuban electoral system The Cuban Society of Civil and Family Law discussed the Civil Code and its institutions experiences of Family Court family mediation processes and resolution of family disputes through the courts The delegates also met with criminal law specialists judges and expert members of the Cuban Society of Penal Sciences and had an exchange with litigant lawyers Professional judges in Cuba are elected for unlimited terms serving until they are no longer capable or until removed by the electoral body Persons seeking to become judges are required to pass an examination given by the Ministry of Justice The requirements to be a judge include age citizenship and a requisite amount of legal experience that varies depending upon which court one is to serve on 10 years for Supreme Court five years for Provincial Courts two years for municipal courts Membership in the Cuban Communist Party is not required to be a judge Lay judges serve alongside professional judges in all levels of the judicial system Candidates for the position of lay judge are nominated in workplace assemblies and are screened by the Ministry of Justice to ensure they meet the age and citizenship requirements They are given training before their employment begins Lay judges are elected for terms of five years serving a maximum of 30 days per year This is because lay judges continue their regular employment On a whole lay judges tend to represent the overall population in terms of race gender employment and education It was not surprising to find that no formal dispute resolution process is institutionalized in Cuba s justice system As in the United States mediation was used primarily in the family court system The parties we met with were receptive to dispute resolution processes and interested in how they are used in the United States The Cuban court system did not appear to be as overburdened as our courts are and the judicial process was not as time consuming as it is in the United States It was interesting that the

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  • Alabama ADR News » Saturday, March 7th, 2015
    14 2014 Of the 31 delegates three were from Alabama Debra Leo Cassandra Adams and Quentin Brown The purpose of the trip was to discuss dispute resolution processes in the Cuban justice system The delegates initially met with the National Union of Jurists of Cuba a professional organization for lawyers to discuss legal education in Cuba The universities are free however it is extremely competitive to get in Between 1982 and 1992 graduating law students were required to practice in a bufete for three years as a social service Now graduating students can provide their social services at a wide array of legal jobs Bufetes are collective law offices first established by the Ministry of Justice after the private practice of law was abolished and currently under the oversight of the National Organization of Bufetes Colectivos ONBC The delegation met with a local trade union CTC to discuss labor mediation They also met with the Cuban Society of Constitutional and Administrative Law to discuss the Cuban legal system analysis of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba and the Cuban electoral system The Cuban Society of Civil and Family Law discussed the Civil Code and its institutions experiences of Family Court family mediation processes and resolution of family disputes through the courts The delegates also met with criminal law specialists judges and expert members of the Cuban Society of Penal Sciences and had an exchange with litigant lawyers Professional judges in Cuba are elected for unlimited terms serving until they are no longer capable or until removed by the electoral body Persons seeking to become judges are required to pass an examination given by the Ministry of Justice The requirements to be a judge include age citizenship and a requisite amount of legal experience that varies depending upon which court one is to serve on 10 years for Supreme Court five years for Provincial Courts two years for municipal courts Membership in the Cuban Communist Party is not required to be a judge Lay judges serve alongside professional judges in all levels of the judicial system Candidates for the position of lay judge are nominated in workplace assemblies and are screened by the Ministry of Justice to ensure they meet the age and citizenship requirements They are given training before their employment begins Lay judges are elected for terms of five years serving a maximum of 30 days per year This is because lay judges continue their regular employment On a whole lay judges tend to represent the overall population in terms of race gender employment and education It was not surprising to find that no formal dispute resolution process is institutionalized in Cuba s justice system As in the United States mediation was used primarily in the family court system The parties we met with were receptive to dispute resolution processes and interested in how they are used in the United States The Cuban court system did not appear to be as overburdened as our courts are and the

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  • Alabama ADR News » Friday, March 13th, 2015
    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 2015 Appellate Mediation Training Held March 12 The 2015 Appellate Mediation Training session was held on March 12 The Alabama Center of Dispute Resolution hosted 28 mediators for this year s appellate mediation training Highlights of the training included the following Chief Justice Roy Moore addresses the appellate mediation class Chief Justice Roy Moore began the morning with a brief address to the class Allison Skinner Esq of Skinner Neutral Services Birmingham and Jim Rives Esq of Ball Ball Matthews and Novak in Montgomery focused on mediation skills and techniques for the appellate arena Speakers Michelle Ohme Supreme Court of Alabama Lynn DeVaughn Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Allison Skinner Esq and Jim Rives Esq Michelle Ohme from the Supreme Court of Alabama and Lynn DeVaughn from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals reviewed the rules program materials statistics and how cases are handled Presiding Judge William C Thompson of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals joined the class to make a few remarks about appellate mediation and his court Julia Weller Esq Clerk of the Supreme Court of Alabama and Rebecca Oates Esq Clerk of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals presented information about their courts Appellate Mediation Panel Hon Art Hanes Louis Colley Esq Phil Adams Esq left to right A panel of expert appellate mediators spent an hour and a half sharing their experiences and taking questions Honorable Art Hanes of Upchurch Watson White Max Birmingham Phil Adams Esq of Adams White Oliver Short Forbus LLP in Opelika and Louis Colley Esq of the Law Office of Louis C Colley LLC Judith Keegan

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  • Alabama ADR News » Saturday, February 7th, 2015
    5 April 2013 3 February 2013 2 January 2013 3 December 2012 1 November 2012 5 October 2012 2 September 2012 1 August 2012 1 July 2012 1 June 2012 3 May 2012 2 March 2012 2 January 2012 2 December 2011 2 November 2011 3 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 Jimmy Walter 2014 Pro Bono Mediator Award James N Walter Jr of Montgomery won the Pro Bono Mediator Award at the Alabama State Bar s Annual Meeting in Sandestin The Volunteer Lawyers Program headed by Linda Lund selects the winner from a list of mediators who conducted mediations at no cost or reduced cost to the parties The list is compiled by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution from annual surveys provided by mediators on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster Jimmy is a shareholder with Capell Howard P C in Montgomery where he is the co chair of the firm s Litigation Department His practice concentrates on commercial litigation mediation and arbitration He is a graduate of Washington Lee University and the University of Alabama School of Law He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers in the specialties of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution Thanks Jimmy Category Mediation Mediation Advocacy Mediators Posted on February 7th 2015 Find by Tag Alabama Roster Applications Appellate Appellate Mediation Arbitration Awards case management Conflict Resolution Elder Environmental Conflict Resolution Ethics experiences Facebook Family Courts Family Mediation Foreclosure Mediation hearing Mediation Mediation Week Negotiation

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  • Alabama ADR News » Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
    2013 5 April 2013 3 February 2013 2 January 2013 3 December 2012 1 November 2012 5 October 2012 2 September 2012 1 August 2012 1 July 2012 1 June 2012 3 May 2012 2 March 2012 2 January 2012 2 December 2011 2 November 2011 3 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 Like us on Facebook Visit our new Facebook page We now have a Facebook page Visit our page and stay on top of the latest ADR news at facebook com alabamaadr Tags Facebook Category ADR Events Posted on February 11th 2015 Mediator Roster Applications are Online Applications for the 2015 2016 Mediator Roster have been updated and are available on the website at http alabamaadr org web roster documents roster applications php Visit the website to read Mediator Standards and Registration Procedures as well as highlights of current projects You can also link directly to the Mediator Application Packages here Mediation Roster Application Package 2015 2016 Fillable Form rev 150129 PDF This PDF file can be completed online and a copy saved to your computer Mediation Roster Application Package 2015 2016 rev 150129 Word 2010 docx Applications for the Arbitrator and Private Judge rosters will be available soon Tags Alabama Roster Applications Category Alabama Roster Applications Mediation Mediators Posted on February 11th 2015 Find by Tag Alabama Roster Applications Appellate Appellate Mediation Arbitration Awards case management Conflict Resolution Elder Environmental Conflict Resolution Ethics experiences Facebook Family Courts Family Mediation Foreclosure Mediation hearing Mediation Mediation Week Negotiation

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  • Alabama ADR News » Thursday, February 12th, 2015
    2013 3 December 2012 1 November 2012 5 October 2012 2 September 2012 1 August 2012 1 July 2012 1 June 2012 3 May 2012 2 March 2012 2 January 2012 2 December 2011 2 November 2011 3 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 Free to Low Cost Divorce and Parenting Mediation Mediation empowers people to resolve custody and parenting issues themselves without giving all the power to a judge Family mediation is a process where an impartial third person the mediator helps people negotiate with one another to resolve issues relating to parenting divorce or issues that arise after a divorce The mediator can Help parties discuss parenting time and responsibilities Facilitate discussion of assets and liabilities including property and businesses and spousal support if any Allow each party the opportunity to communicate his or her concerns to the other party Encourage the parties to explore alternative ways to resolve problems Help parties negotiate an agreement satisfying to both Encourage parents to use problem solving skills in the future to address issues and deal with conflict The Center pays mediators with the special designation divorce domestic relations to provide mediation to families at low to no cost To date we have handled 65 cases Learn more at alabamaadr org web publicinfo FamilyMediation Tags Family Mediation Category Family Mediation Posted on February 12th 2015 Find by Tag Alabama Roster Applications Appellate Appellate Mediation Arbitration Awards case management Conflict Resolution Elder Environmental Conflict Resolution Ethics experiences Facebook Family Courts Family

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  • Alabama ADR News » International Visitors Leadership Program
    2013 5 April 2013 3 February 2013 2 January 2013 3 December 2012 1 November 2012 5 October 2012 2 September 2012 1 August 2012 1 July 2012 1 June 2012 3 May 2012 2 March 2012 2 January 2012 2 December 2011 2 November 2011 3 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 Jimmy Walter 2014 Pro Bono Mediator Award We Remember Mediator Charles Booth Esq Birmingham International Visitors Leadership Program Last fall the Center entertained a group of women leaders under the Women Leaders Promoting Peace Security A Multi Regional Project U S Department Of State Bureau Of Educational And Cultural Affairs International Visitors Leadership Program Last fall the Center entertained a group of women leaders under the Women Leaders Promoting Peace Security A Multi Regional Project Attendees were from Azerbaijan Burma Cyprus Ghana Hungary and Kenya I do not need to tell you that we always learn new things during these interesting meetings Both as a lawyer and now as a judge I am an enthusiastic proponent of mediation It is a wonderful tool that empowers and motivates parties to realistically evaluate their respective cases and to take every reasonable step to resolve their disputes Honorable Chris Comer Circuit Judge Huntsville Category ADR Posted on January 25th 2015 Comments are closed Find by Tag Alabama Roster Applications Appellate Appellate Mediation Arbitration Awards case management Conflict Resolution Elder Environmental Conflict Resolution Ethics experiences Facebook Family Courts Family Mediation Foreclosure Mediation hearing Mediation Mediation Week Negotiation Peer Mediation Private

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  • Alabama ADR News » Foreclosure Prevention - Mortgage Modification Mediation Program
    2014 2 October 2013 4 August 2013 2 May 2013 5 April 2013 3 February 2013 2 January 2013 3 December 2012 1 November 2012 5 October 2012 2 September 2012 1 August 2012 1 July 2012 1 June 2012 3 May 2012 2 March 2012 2 January 2012 2 December 2011 2 November 2011 3 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 Family and Foreclosure Mediation Programs highlighted in Jere Beasley Report Family Mediation Program Parenting Divorce and Post Divorce Issues 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 Comments are closed Find by Tag Alabama Roster Applications Appellate Appellate Mediation Arbitration Awards case management Conflict Resolution Elder Environmental Conflict Resolution Ethics experiences Facebook Family Courts Family Mediation Foreclosure Mediation hearing Mediation Mediation Week Negotiation Peer Mediation Private Judging Pro Bono Public Policy Dispute Resolution Restorative Justice

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