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Aïda Doss Havel has spent over thirty years helping people resolve issues related to their children, their money, and their property. Nine years ago, after seeing the destruction that courtrooms and fighting brought to her clients and their children, she wound up her remaining litigation caseload and said goodbye to the adversarial process. Aïda now limits her practice to mediation and collaborative law, and is pleased to call herself a peacemaker. Aida has designed and implemented two mediation programs for the Wake County Family Court Division, and regularly trains other attorneys in the principles of collaborative practice.
Aïda grew up in Raleigh, graduating from Sanderson High School, Davidson College, and UNC Law School. While at UNC, she worked in the Prisoners’ Rights Project, helping research legal issues for inmates. She was also a member of the Law Review.
Throughout her legal career, Aïda has represented pro bono clients, volunteered with the Women’s Center Legal Hotline, participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s “4All” campaign which answers questions from the public at no charge for one day each year, and has lectured at legal education seminars, law school classes, and paralegal classes. She also spends one day each week in the “File-It-Yourself” clinic, helping people who are representing themselves in court make sure their paperwork is correct.
Aïda has served as the Chair of the Wake County Board of Elections, and on the boards of the Unity Church of the Triangle, NC-GALA (Gay and Lesbian Attorneys), and the Outer Banks History Center. And she is on the Leadership Committee of the IACT Program, helping to bring the principles of collaborative law to the field of medical malpractice, so that when there has been a medical error or an unanticipated adverse outcome, a medical provider and a patient can sit down in a safe and supportive environment to discuss what happened and the issues which have arisen may be resolved peacefully (www.iactprogram.com).
Aïda enjoys finding positive, holistic, practical, and spiritual solutions to what appear to be thorny and difficult problems. Her interests include bridge, international travel, performing arts of all kinds, cats, and puzzles. Aïda is happily married to John Michael Havel, and she and her husband spend most of their free time on the Outer Banks, where he is writing a book about the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.