Thank you to our 2021 Fall Conference Sponsors!

 

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 A big "thank you" to this year's Event Sponsor, Holcomb Mediation Centers, and Platinum Sponsors, ADR Notable, and Mediate.com.

We'd also like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make this year's conference a success:

Sponsor Level
Mary G. Commander, Attorney & Mediator
www.commanderlaw.com
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(757) 533-5400

Donita M. King, Donita King Law Offices, PLC
www.donitakinglaw.com
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804-340-2995

Andrew Pizzi/Thomas O’Keefe Principal Owners — I & I Resolution
www.iirresolutions.com
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1-888-507-3765

Amy G. Pruett, Esq./Mediator with Williams Mullen
www.williamsmullen.com/people/amy-g-pruett
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Host Level
Dale B. Robinson
Conflict Management Services Professional
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Pamela K. Struss, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at GMU, & VMN President
www.pamelastruss.com
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703-216-1933

OPN-Door Communications 
www.opndoor.com 
757-816-4478 
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Patron Level
Divorce Lending Association, Jody Bruns, President
Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., Mediator & Executive Director, AAA-ICDR-AAAMediation.org
Gary Doernhoefer, Attorney & Founder, ADR Notable
Benjamin Lutz, Mediators Beyond Borders International
The McCammon Group, Ltd.
Kelly Murray, Esq., DivorceThisHouse.com & VettingTheHouse.com
Michael R. Powell, Vice President, AAA-ICDR-AAAMediation.org
Karen Richards Training & Mediation LLC
John Riordan, Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, Teambuilding, Planning
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
Rachel L. Virk, Rachel L. Virk, P.C.

2021 Fall Virtual Conference Registration

The Virginia Mediation Network's annual Fall Conference offers a variety of professional development sessions focused on alternative dispute and conflict resolution. The conference is Virginia's premiere networking event for ADR professionals. Our theme this year is "Building Bridges," and we will focus on providing tools and insights to help ADR professionals build bridges between people and communities.  We will provide both Continuing Mediator Education credits and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credits for various sessions.  Welcome!

This year, we are using the online event platform, Whova, which will provide attendees with an enhanced, user-friendly, and streamlined experience.  

You can preview the conference agenda below.  Please note that the agenda is subject to change.  

To register, complete the following form.  Registration allows you to attend all conference sessions of your choice. Once the event goes live, you will be prompted to create a personalized agenda.

 Not a VMN Member?  Join us before you register to receive the discounted conference rate.

 

Fall Virtual Conference Sponsorships

VMN is seeking sponsors for this year's Fall Virtual Conference, "Building Bridges," scheduled from Sept. 20-Oct. 1.  Will you join us in making the conference a success? 

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GMU & NAFCM Offer Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution

The Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University is working with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to co-create the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution, and they are offering a discount to NAFCM members (see below for more details).  The certificate is intended to enhance the mediator’s skills at initiating, educating, and facilitating processes that address conflict collaboratively, revealing opportunities to effect positive systems change. The system may be the family, the workplace, the neighborhood, institutions such as local government, public safety, education, or any setting where two or people connect.

The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution will provide space to explore the nexus between larger social structures that currently facilitate economic and racial inequalities, unequal access to justice and educational systems and our work as community mediators. This will be a time to sharpen your skills, within a small group setting, for:

  • analyzing the factors underlying disputes,
  • recognizing power differentials among disputants,
  • applying appropriate processes that will assist those in dispute to create choices that may revolutionize their conflict, and,
  • using mediation, negotiation, coaching and facilitation to assist people.

To strengthen their work, The Carter School is offering the certificate to NAFCM members at a reduced rate.  While NAFCM has four levels of membership (institutional, program, associate, student), to receive this benefit you must be a program member or associated with the community mediation center and volunteering at least 70 hours a year at the center.  Out-of-state NAFCM program members will save a minimum of $3,000 from the current standard on-line cost. NAFCM program members who are residents of Virginia will save a minimum of $1,700 from the current standard on-line instate cost.  Your estimated total credit hour tuition cost will range between $7,150 (if you already have your mediation certification) to $8,250 (if you need to obtain your mediation certification)!   The application fee will be refunded on the first semester’s tuition bill. 

You can learn more about the certificate program here: Certificate Program   
 
You can verify your NAFCM membership here:  NAFCM Verification

You can learn more about a NAFCM Program Membership for community mediation centers here ($200/year): Member Categories & Benefits - National Association for Community Mediation (nafcm.org)

Please be aware that only up to 15 applicants will be accepted into this certificate program, and the deadline for Fall 2021 is May 15, 2021 (this Saturday!). So, if this is of interest to you, don’t hesitate!

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