Established in 2005, the Cumberland Community Mediation Center offers free confidential community meditation to all communities surrounding the law school. In addition to the center’s director, attorneys, community members and law students who have completed the Mediator Practice course can volunteer to mediate for the center.
The center’s cases come from Alabama’s largest county court system, Jefferson County, including Circuit Court, Family Courts, District Court and Small Claims Court. In addition, attorneys refer cases to the center. On average, the center sees at least six mediations a month. Law students who observe these mediations are bound by the same confidentiality requirements as the mediators. Law students who participate in the mediations have been trained through the Mediation Practice course. During the observation process, students are able to interact with the mediators and provide their mediation method suggestions. Law students are debriefed on the strategies and techniques used by mediators at the completion of mediation. In the Mediator Practice course, students receive training, and study theory, strategies, techniques and ethics. After students complete the Mediator Practice course, they take a greater role in the mediation. The Mediator Practice course is approved by the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution to satisfy the training requirements to apply to be listed on the Alabama roster of mediators.
Help the Homeless Program
Paternity Service Docket
Pro Bono Week
Rodney Max Mediation Fellowships
Spirit of Service Application
Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program
Public Interest Project
In conjunction with the Cumberland Community Mediation Center, Cumberland’s Public Interest Project works on a number of community improvement projects, such as as the 1L Service Project.
Learn more about the CCMC by watching a video.