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BBA A.D.R. Section Bob Creveling, Section Representative A.D.R. Section of the Birmingham Bar Association The A.D.R. (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Section of the Birmingham Bar Association is proud to announce that it is now in its third full year as a Section. This past October, the A.D.R. Section celebrated ABA Mediation Week with numerous activities to further the ABA’s Mediation Week theme, “Mediation in the Mainstream.” The highlight of Mediation Week were volunteer mediations conducted by mediators for selected cases in the Bes- semer and Birmingham District Courts. The volunteer mediators were Robert Boleik, Emily Bonds, Steven Corenblum, Bob Crevel- ing, John Hall, Greg Kennemer and Brian Turner. Eighty-seven Volunteer mediations at Jefferson County District Court. From left to right, Robert Boliek, Steven Corenblum, Bob Creveling, Judge Jack Lowther, Emily percent of the cases mediated were resolved. Bonds and Greg Kennemer. garding the Perceptions, Realities He’s Not a Bully: What is Interdisciplin- and Ramifications of Arbitra- ary Collaborative Practice and How Does tions,” moderated by A.H. “Nick” it Work?” The presenters included Frances Gaede, Jr., (Bainbridge, Mims, Ross Nolan (the Crittenden Firm, PC), Rogers & Smith, LLP). Mr. Melanie M. Atha (Cabaniss, Johnston, Gaede was also a member of the Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP), Scott panel, which additionally includ- Douglass Cole, CFP, and Dr. Renee A. ed George R. “Reggie” Copeland, Peacock (Bair, Peacock, McDonald, Mc- Jr. (The Gardner Firm) of Mobile, Mullan and Bell, PC). All of the presenters Volunteer mediations at Jefferson County District Court in and W. Scott Simpson (Simpson, on Collaborative Law are members of the Bessemer. From left to right, Brian Turner, Greg Kennemer, McMaham, Glick & Burford, Birmingham Collaborative Alliance. Judge Annetta Verin, (Law clerk?), and John Hall. PLLC). The seminar then fea- On November 29, 2012, the A.D.R. Also, as part of Mediation Week, the tured H. Randall Griffith, PhD, who de- Section sponsored its end of the year semi- A.D.R. Section co-sponsored Cumber- scribed the importance of “Neuroscience nar and Holiday Party at Sirote & Permutt, land School of Law’s third annual ADR in Mediation.” The Seminar featured a live P.C. Sonny Ferguson moderated a discus- seminar this one entitled ”Developments video from Chicago with Ricardo “Cobe” sion on the topic, “How to Select a Media- in ADR: Sharpening the Tools in your Williams of CeaseFire Chicago, who was tor” by Tony McLain, Augusta Dowd and Negotiation Toolbox.” Robert E. Lusk, featured in the much acclaimed documen- Tony Davis. This seminar was followed by Jr., (Assistant General Counsel of the tary, “The Interrupters.” His presentation a social which was well attended by Section Alabama State Bar) discussed ethics in was entitled “Mediation in a Non-Tradi- members. alternative dispute resolution, including tional Setting.” Mr. Williams showed clips The A.D.R. Section would like to the new Limited Scope of Representa- from the documentary, and participated in thank everyone who volunteered their time tion rules. W. Alexander “Alex” Moseley Q & A with those attending the Seminar. to speak at the Section’s seminars and other (Hand Arendall, LLC), Mobile, covered The closing segment of the Cumberland events throughout the year. We anticipate the importance of the inclusion and School of Law Seminar used an interest- another great year in 2013 and encourage careful drafting of arbitration clauses in ing, different title to describe an interest- all BBA members interested in any form contracts. That was followed by a panel ing, different ADR, one that is “new” to Al- of alternative dispute resolution to join the discussion regarding “Overcoming Your abama: “Legal Disputes Can be Resolved Section. G Fear of Arbitration: Bust the Myths Re- Civilly – There’s a New Kid in Town and 36 Birmingham Bar Association


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