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Mediation Video

What is Mediation?

Professional Mediation Associates. This video explains the mediation process in brief. For people wanting to settle a dispute without going through the traditional channels, mediation offers an alternative.

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Peer Mediation

This video was produced by the Dispute Resolution Service at the Los Angeles County Bar.

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The Importance of Empathy in Mediation

Neutrals interact with disputants from various backgrounds. Building rapport helps to establish common ground, emphasize similarities, and establish empathy to help parties feel more comfortable in the exchange. Attorneys representing clients may wish to build rapport not only with their clients, but with the neutral in order to be more effective communicators and better listeners.  Our April 4, 2022 presenters included Jefferson County attorneys/mediators/collaborative law practitioners Frances Nolan and Virginia Miller, along with Cumberland Law Faculty/Staff members Emily Bonds Davey and Lynn D. Hogewood.

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The Three Little Pigs Go To Mediation

The Three Little Pigs Go To Mediation Video, created by the Department of Veteran's Affairs, explains and demonstrates the principles of mediation in a way that will have everyone smiling. Located at


  More Video Information on Mediation

These links are courtesy of the American Bar Association

Additional Resources

The Intersection of Negotiation and the Human Brain. Dr. Richard Birke discussed this interesting topic at the July 2014 Meeting of the Alabama State Bar. This was a thought-provoking discussion, so we are providing it for your review and thoughts. Go to the video page.


Enjoy these videos?
There are links to more videos in the right column (or at the bottom of the page). Our YouTube channel points to other selected videos related to mediation, arbitration and negotiation that you should find interesting.

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   Additional Media

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 -

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