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Brian Hayes Honored with Mediator Award

Brian D. Hayes Honored with Mediator Award

MIRIMAR BEACH, Fla. and MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program has awarded Brian D. Hayes with the 2022 Mediator Award.

Hayes was presented with the award at the 145th Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar on June 25, 2022, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. Hayes was celebrated for the many ways he has impacted his community and profession.

Hayes manages the in-court process as the docket coordinator, educates litigants on the benefits of having some control over the outcome of their case by choosing to mediate, and even serves as a mediator. He also recruits other attorneys for the program and regularly promotes the program to law students and recent graduates, especially those members of the Horton Inns of Court.

To ensure that the process is smooth for all parties, Brian secures enough volunteer mediators to handle the district court caseload, introduces the mediators and explains the mediation process, answers any questions of litigants and mediators about the process, and encourages parties to try the process and to trust the qualified mediator who will help, in a confidential setting, resolve the case.

Alabama State Bar President Taze Shepard said, “The Alabama State Bar is proud to award Brian Hayes with the Pro Bono Mediator Award. He exemplifies a dedication to helping other through his mediation work.”


The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Created in 1879, the Alabama State Bar became an integrated bar in 1923 by an act of the legislature. Since then, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.

View other award recipients here.


Melissa Warnke
Director of Communications
Alabama State Bar
(334) 517-2218