an alliance for peaceful communities
Almost 40 years have passed since the first community mediation center opened in Virginia in 1982. Almost 30 years have elapsed since the passage of Virginia’s mediation statutes in 1992. Today mediation and other forms of non-adversarial dispute resolution are practiced in Virginia in many places and by many people. Are these practices adequately serving the needs of Virginians? Are they making individuals, families, workplaces and communities more productive and peaceful? Are they meeting emerging needs? Are they coordinated so as to be maximally efficient?
An ad-hoc group of stakeholders from various dispute resolution sectors across the Commonwealth has been working over the past year to design a summit that will bring together service providers, consumers, and potential clients to strategically plan the future of dispute resolution in Virginia. Some of these dispute resolution sectors and stakeholders include the Virginia Mediation Network, the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Virginia State Bar and The Virginia Bar Association, and Resolution Virginia.
Through the provision of panelist data, other concrete information and thoughtful reflection on building future practices we plan to
identify current and emerging dispute resolution practices in Virginia,
align dispute resolution practices with current and emerging needs; and
enable stakeholder collaboration to meet dispute resolution needs more adequately.
In order for the summit to meet its goals, the participation of a large group of stakeholders interested in charting the future of dispute resolution is desired. It is the intention of the planning group to cast a wide net that includes practitioners, consumers, potential clients and educators as well as legislators, members of the judiciary and representatives of local and state government. We hope that you will participate!
DISPUTE RESOLUTION SUMMIT AGENDA
Welcome & Introduction
Keynote Speaker, Toby Guerin J.D., Managing Director for the Center for Dispute Resolution at the Maryland Carey School of Law and the convener of the 2017 International Mediation Institute’s Global Pound Conference in Baltimore, MD
PART II Panel discussion - Accomplishments, Challenges, and Emerging Opportunities in Dispute Resolution
PART III Work Groups - Creating the Future: The Relevance and Desired Impact of Dispute Resolution in Virginia
PART IV Reporting Out and Choosing Initiatives - Where Does Energy Exist?
PART V Next Steps
Call for Panelists
The Dispute Resolution Summit will begin with a rousing keynote address followed by a four to five person panel discussion on specific accomplishments, challenges and emerging opportunities in conflict engagement and dispute resolution. To ensure that the panelists reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, the planning team seeks input as to who would provide thoughtful reflection on future practices.
If you want to recommend someone, or if you, yourself, could serve as a panelist, please click here to complete and send your proposal by October 25, 2019. Please include information as to why you or the person you suggest would be an excellent panelist. If possible, please also include contact information for someone who knows your professional credentials or those of your suggested panelist.
We invite you to consider being a summit sponsor or exhibitor. Sponsorship dollars help support a broad range of necessary functions and enable the participation of many dispute resolution stakeholders.
At any level, sponsorships will be partly or wholly tax-deductible. All sponsors will be recognized on the website, on the day of the event and in any resulting program materials.
Please click on this link to contribute your tax-deductible sponsorship with PayPal or a credit card or send your check (made out to Resolution Virginia) to
315 Sherwood Ave.
Staunton, VA 24401
Sponsorship opportunities include the following:
Gold Sponsors ($2,500 - up)
The McCammon Group
Silver Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,499)
Bronze Sponsors ($500 - $999)
Summit Supporter (any amount under $500)
Karen Richards Training & Mediation LLC
There is also an opportunity to sponsor specific parts of the meeting such as the
Continental Breakfast ($1,000)
Lunch ($2,500) provided by Virginia Tech's Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Networking Reception ($2,000)
A limited number of exhibitor tables will be available for $500. Please contact Christine Poulson at (540) 294-0732 or to reserve an exhibitor table or to sponsor the breakfast or reception.
We ask that sponsors make their contribution as early as possible to help us pay event preparation costs and to give us some idea as to the number of fee waivers and travel/lodging assistance we will be able to provide. Any excess funds will be used to support the goals identified during the summit.
Call for Participants
We are asking that summit information be circulated to those in your conflict engagement/dispute resolution community who would be interested in participating. Registration can be made by clicking here. Registration is limited to 200 people and each participant is being asked to pay a $20 non-refundable participation fee to help cover the costs of the event. (Higher amounts are also appreciated.) The registration fee can be paid with PayPal or a credit card using the "Buy Now" button on this page (above) or by mailing a check, made out to Resolution Virginia, to
315 Sherwood Ave.
Staunton, VA 24401
Registration fees must be paid in advance as fees will not be collected the day of the event. Registration waivers and travel/lodging assistance of up to $150 may be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need them. Please contact Christine Poulson at to be put on a list of potential assistance recipients.
We thank you in advance for your support of the Dispute Resolution Summit.
This summit is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Virginia Law Foundation.
March 20, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(5:00 - 6:00 networking reception)
Jepson Alumni Center
University of Richmond
Dispute Resolution Summit
Step 2: Click the button below to pay the $20 summit participation fee.