Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mediating Landlord - Tenant Disputes

Landlord-tenant disputes are tailor made to be resolved through mediation.  The process is much faster than litigation, and the parties have a better chance at reaching a mutually beneficial result.  Programs like the one described in this article just make sense.  In these hard economic times, I hope more people take advantage of mediation to resolve these types of disputes.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Collaborative Law is Coming to Alabama

I am excited by all the publicity the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance (http://www.birminghamcollaborative.com/) has been able to generate among the local and State bar associations for their upcoming training sessions.  One of the best descriptions of the collaborative law model comes from an e-mail sent to members of the Alabama State Bar Association by Judy Keegen, the executive director of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (http://alabamaadr.org/):

Collaborative law provides a private, voluntary, no-court option for resolving divorce and other family disputes. It is utilized by parties who prefer to avoid the costs and stress of litigation. The collaborative process provides a method for respectful and open discussion designed to generate creative solutions for important issues. Everyone involved, both spouses and their attorneys, pledge not to litigate, but to work to settle the case by agreement. This client-centered process provides more predictability and may lower costs. Parties may engage the services of a neutral financial analyst, a child specialist or coaches to work with them as they collaborate.

I hope this model takes hold in Alabama and provides families facing divorce with more options to resolve their disputes in a peaceful and meaningful way.  The training sessions will take place September 15-17, 2011. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011 Birmingham Business Journal, "With JeffCo Court Delays, Try Mediation"

The Birmingham Business Journal has published an article I wrote concerning the current court backlogs in the Birmingham area.  I encourage businesses to consider mediation as a way to save money and time while decreasing frustration and preserving confidentiality.  I also suggest the use of mediation provisions in contracts as a preferred dispute resolution option.  I have attached jpeg images of the article here. The article can be found on the BBJ's website (subscription required): http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/print-edition/2011/07/15/with-jeffco-court-delays-try-mediation.html