In the Spring of 2005,
established the Cumberland Community Mediation Center (CCMC). The Center, the only one of its kind in a southeastern law school provides confidential cost-free mediation to those seeking resolution of community issues, neighborhood disputes or issues between individuals that would be better serviced through mediation. The goals of the
are to promote the use of community mediation and to provide a resource through which the Greater Birmingham community can make use of the mediation process.
Upchurch Watson White & Max principal, Rod Max, is a 1975 graduate of
. The Rodney Max Mediation Fellowship, established and underwritten by Rod and the firm, is awarded each year to a deserving student of the Cumberland School of Law.
The fellowship recognizes the interest, achievements and scholarship of
students in the area of mediation. Applicants for the fellowship must have a strong interest in mediation and must have completed or enrolled in the Mediator Practice course at the time of applying. Applicants are required to submit a resume and a statement of interest to the Cumberland Community Mediation Center & Public Interest Project Director.
Third year law student Whitney Henry has been selected as the 2009-2010 Rodney Max Mediation Fellow Ms. Henry will receive a $5,000 fellowship award for the 2009-2010 academic year. She will work under the direction of the Director of the CCMC with primary responsibilities including; managing the Samford Residence Life Mediation Project, co-mediating disputes as assigned by the Director of the CCMC, and researching and writing projects as assigned.