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Alternative Dispute Resolution System
News and Happenings

Thankful!  The Early Settlement Directors’ Association had their annual Thanksmas luncheon on Friday, November 19th in Oklahoma City.  (L to R front row) Phil Johnson, State Director, Marissa Fairbanks, Central program, Sara Northcutt, Southeast program, Sarah Head, Southwest program, Malaina Yoder, East program, and Jaxie Johnston, South Central program. (L to R back row) Tim Scott, Child Permanency Coordinator, Stacy Horner, West program, Lauren O’Brien, Oklahoma County program, Jorjia Cash, East Central program, Greg Foster, statewide Peer Mediation Director, LeiLani Armstrong, Tulsa program, Marcy Cox, Northeast program, and Jay Irby, North program.  Not pictured Jessie Jackson, Norman program.
Early Settlement Directors at the 2021 Children’s Court Improvement Programs Conference. Early Settlement mediates child permanency cases statewide, and many judges, attorneys, and caseworkers utilize our services for these types of cases!

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Volunteer Mediator Trainees and coaches at the Early Settlement – East & Northeast program’s recent basic civil mediation training on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore this week.  Malaina Yoder and Marcy Cox serve as the Program Directors.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution System in Oklahoma is made up of thirteen (13) regional Early Settlement Mediation Centers (including one (1) municipal program) which provide FREE mediation services all 77 counties in Oklahoma. There are fourteen (14) State Agencies with programs offering specialized mediation services. The Alternative Dispute Resolution System was authorized (1983) and funded (1985) by the state legislature through the Oklahoma Dispute Resolution Act, 12 O.S. Supp. 1997, § 1801 et seq. The Administrative Director of the Courts administers and supervises the Alternative Dispute Resolution System through a designated, State Director, with the ongoing input of the Dispute Resolution Advisory Board.