Dinah has spent most of her 32-year career in the courtroom, practicing domestic relations law at the trial and appellate level. She also was one of the first family law mediators trained in Madison County, Alabama, and has successfully mediated numerous domestic relations cases in her career. Her litigation experience has convinced her that there is a better way to divorce. A different way to divorce. She believes that with her training, experience and expertise as a mediator, many cases can be settled quickly and amicably without the use of lawyers. As a co-founder of Divorce Without Lawyers, she works strictly as a mediator and not as an attorney in helping participants reach a settlement without the cost, stress and conflict found in a traditional divorce litigation setting.
Dinah is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar. She has served as Executive Secretary for the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association. She has lectured throughout the state on continuing legal education issues.
Dinah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1986, and was admitted to the Bar in September of that year.
After years of seeing families emotionally and financially devastated by an adversarial court system, Amy began working to come up with ways to ease the tensions and pain of divorce. She works with couples, mental health and financial professionals, and other family and child advocates to offer better pathways through divorce and custody issues. Amy believes in helping families rather than tearing them apart. Although it is true the structure of a family changes when divorce happens, she believes the foundation of that family can be preserved and the family's shared history honored.
Amy has worked in the area of family law for over 20 years and is a certified mediator. She is an Alabama Law Foundation Fellow; was named 2014 Family Law Attorney of the Year; received the Alabama State Bar's Albert L. Breland Pro Bono Award for Leadership and Contribution to Equal Justice; is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators; co-authored the Madison County Volunteer Lawyer Program (MCVLP) family-law mediation program; and was named MCVLP Mentor of the Year in 2014. She has served as President of the National Children's Advocacy Center Board of Directors; as President of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, as a member of the Madison County Bar Association Executive Committee as well as the MCVLP Board of Directors, Her most meaningful and humbling honor is being a parent.
Amy earned her bachelor's degree in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Alabama in December of 1989. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1993 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in September of that year.
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