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.

New for Alabama Neutrals

New Videos are Online

Mediating Insurance Claims - Gene Warhurst, an Alabama attorney, will help you understand the role of mediation in insurance disputes. He will address why mediate, choosing a mediator, what to expect in mediation, pros and cons of mediation, and preparing for mediation: policyholder/insurer. Recorded on October 30, 2018. Learn more and view this video.

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. Recorded on October 16, 2018. Learn more and view this video.

Collaborative Law Practice - If you missed the beginning of our four-part series of 60-minute webinars designed to guide you through the ins and outs of collaborative law practice, you can catch up with these videos!   Both were recorded at recent ACDR webinars. Online now:

  • Part 1: Introduction to Collaborative Law Practices from August 24, 2018 
  • Part 2: Focus on Team: Breaking Down Roles from September 21, 2018

Read about the upcoming webinars in the series on Nov 2nd and Dec 7th below.
View these Collaborative Law Practice Videos.

October 3, 2018, 3-6pm, Governor Kay Ivey signs the 2018 Mediation Week Proclamation.
October 3, 2018, Governor Kay Ivey signed
the 2018 Mediation Week Proclamation.

Pictured are (seated) Alabama Gov Kay Ivey, (standing l to r) Alabama Supreme Court Commission members Scott Hoyem, Lynn DeVaughn, Justice Will Sellers, and William Coleman, ACDR Exec Director Eileen Harris, and Alabama State Bar President-Elect Christy Crow.

CLE Opportunities (Webinars)

Take advantage of upcoming training opportunities sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.

November 15 All Day - Appellate Mediation Training

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - (6.75 hr MCLE) - In order to register to be on the Appellate Roster, an attorney must be registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. If you have not taken the 20 or 40 hour mediation course(s) required for the State Court Mediator Roster, you may still take this course then follow up with one of those courses. This training opportunity will be on November 15, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:35 pm. Lunch is provided. The course fee is $400. This course has been approved for 6.75 hours of MCLE credit. Read about the program and register on the Flyer and Registration Form (pdf). Register by October 15th!

December 7, 2018 Free Webinar - Informed Consent/Civil Collaboration

Friday, Noon-1:00pm CST - (1 hr Ethics credit) - Part of the Collaborative Law Practice Webinar Series. Faculty includes:  Frances Nolan, Steven Gregory, Brian Turner, Melanie Merkle Atha and Virginia Miller. To learn more and register, go to our Training Page or register here by using this Collaborative Law Practice Series Information and Registration Form (pdf).

More training opportunities are highlighted on our Training Calendar.

September 2018 Newsletter

Read our September newsletter including the latest on the following:

  • Mediation Week 2018 - Observed October 14-20th.
  • Pro Bono Mediators
  • Mediation Clinic - Dallas County
  • ADR at the Annual State Bar Meeting
  • Foreclosure Prevention/Mortgage Modification Mediation
  • Training Opportunities



Keeping your Information Safe

In keeping with industry standards, we have implemented a Secure Certificate on our website. You may see a lock symbol, a green color or the https:// protocol in the address bar. These indicate that you are accessing the real ACDR website and that the website encrypts transmitted data additional protection.

Private Judges

The Alabama Private Judge Act authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases. - More -


Arbitration agreements, are often found in pre-printed consumer contracts. They require parties to the contract to resolve disputes in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge and/or jury. - More -


Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.

  • General Mediation offers a path to resolving many disputes. - More -
  • Family Mediation offers free divorce and family mediation for parenting, divorce and post-divorce issues. - More -
  • Forclosure Prevention and Mortgage Modification Mediation offers specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. - More -


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We're also on Twitter!
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And we have a YouTube channel!
It contains videos and links to videos related to our favorite topics... mediation, negotiation, arbitration, restorative justice. Visit Alabama Dispute Resolution Center on YouTube.


Alabama CDR is the state office of dispute resolution. 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. We are the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution.


Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
PO Box 5042, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5042
(334) 356-3802

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