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Alternative Dispute Resolution System
News and Happenings

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.
Dr. Christine Pappas, J.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Politics, Law, and Society at East Central University, and Jorjia Cash, Program Director, Early Settlement – East Central program received an award of appreciation from Phil Johnson, State Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution System.  East Central University sponsors three Early Settlement regional programs with offices in Ada, Ardmore, and McAlester.
\City of Norman Court Administrator, Ronda Guerrero, and Early Settlement Mediation Program Director, Jessie Jackson, recently accepted an appreciation award from Phil Johnson, State Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution System
Dr. Bryan Duke (right), Interim Dean, College of Education at the University of Central Oklahoma, accepted a sponsor appreciation award from Phil Johnson, State Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution System, and Statewide Peer Mediation Specialist, Greg Foster.  The NEW Peer Mediation Program training is available to all Oklahoma Schools FREE of charge. For more information contact gfoster7@ UCO.edu
Dr. Carla Swearingen, Vice-President of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah recently accepted an award of appreciation for being the Early Settlement -East Program sponsor from Phil Johnson, State Director of the Alternative  Dispute Resolution System, and Malaina Yoder, local Program Director.  NSU has been the program sponsor for over 25 years.
Phil Johnson, State Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution System, and Marissa Fairbanks, Director, Early Settlement – Central presented an Award of Appreciation to Cleveland County Commissioners Harold H. Haralson II, Rod Cleveland, and Darry Stacy for their long-time support and sponsorship of the Early Settlement – Central Program.

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.