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

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.

Appellate Mediation Training

November 15, 2019, Montgomery
- Registration is open!
 Learn more.

ADR by the Numbers

Our 2018 statistics report, ADR by the Numbers, is available online. Go to the report.

July 2019 Newsletter

The July 2019 News for Alabama Neutrals is online. Read or download a copy today.

CLE Opportunities

NEW - Collaborative Law Practice Series - 2019

This four-part series of free 60 minute webinars will guide you through the ins and outs of collaborative law practice Register for one or more webinars. All webinars begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. You must register at least two days prior to the event. The webinars have been approved for one hour of MCLE credit each.

This series is sponsored by: the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, the Birmingham Bar Association – Collaborative Law Committee, Birmingham Collaborative Law Alliance, and the Dispute Resolution and Solo/Small Firms Sections of the Alabama State Bar.

  • PAST - Introduction to Collaborative Law Practice (Video at bottom of page.)
  • PAST - Focus on Team: Breaking Down Roles (Video available soon)
  • October 18, 2019 “The How To’s of Collaborative Law” (one hour credit) 
  • December 6, 2019 “Informed Consent/Civil Collaboration” (one hour of Ethics credit) 

Learn more and register for the Collaborative Law Webinar series.

Appellate Mediation Training

Join us for Appellate Mediation Training on November 15, 2019!

Details and Registration Form

Trainers: Jim A. Rives, Esq., Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, PA and Allison O. Skinner, Esq.
Date: November 15, 2019
Place: Alabama State Bar, Board Room, 415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104
Time:   8:30 a.m.— 9:00 a.m. Sign In, 9:00 a.m.— 4:35 p.m. Program (Lunch will be provided).
CLE: This course has been approved for 6.8 hours of MCLE credit (including 1 hour of Ethics) by the Alabama State Bar.
Cost: $400 per attendee. (If you are a registered mediator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution you may deduct $50 from the course registration fee).

Educational Videos are Online

2019 Collaborative Law Practice - We will be making webinars from our 2019 series available online.  Online now:

View Collaborative Law Practice Videos.
 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. Learn more and view this video.

More Training

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

Check the Calendar.



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 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 -

Keeping your Information Safe

https:// is http secure.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.

Let's Get Social!

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We're also on Twitter!
While we don't have a lot of "fast-breaking news," we also have a Twitter account to keep you up on the latest. Follow us @AlabamaADR at

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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