The VMN Fall Conference

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. We provide both Continuing Mediator Education credits and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credits for various sessions. 

Not a VMN Member?  Join us to receive discounted conference rates. 

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2023 Fall Conference: Come Grow With Us

Registration for the 2023 Fall Conference is now closed.  Please contact Christy at with any questions. 

Oct. 6-7 In Person

Oct. 9-13 Virtual

The Virginia Mediation Network is hosting its 2023 Fall Conference on October 6-7 (in-person at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, GMU Arlington Campus) & 9-13 (virtual). Our theme this year is “Come Grow With Us.”

Conference Details

We will utilize the event management platform, Whova, for the conference.

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The in-person conference will kickoff on Friday, Oct. 6, with dinner and a Keynote presentation from Jacqueline N. Font-Guzm├ín, co-author with Bernard S. Mayer, of The Neutrality Trap: Disrupting and Connecting for Social Change.  A ticket for this event, which includes dinner and a drink ticket, can be added at registration.  

On Saturday, Oct. 7, we will offer a full day of conference presentations. Our Annual Meeting will take place during lunch on Oct. 7.  In addition to lunch, we will provide a continental breakfast prior to the first sessions. 

The remainder of the conference, from Oct. 9-13, will be virtual, and we will offer 3 virtual sessions per day.

Please note that our in-person conference is happening during the same week and at the same location as the annual NAFCM and ACR conferences, which begin on Monday, Oct. 2.  NAFCM and ACR members are eligible for the VMN member rate for our conference.  If you are interested, please contact Christy at 

All sessions are approved for CMEs, and a couple are also approved for MCLEs. 

All conference sessions count toward MC3 certification and recertification. Visit MC3 Mediator Certification for more information. 

The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 29

Click here to review the Conference Agenda. (Please note that the schedule is still subject to change, and will be regularly updated as the conference approaches with more information regarding CME/MCLE credits, session handouts, recordings, etc.)

Click here for information about our presenters.

Click here for information regarding lodging, transportation, and parking.

Please note:

  • The registration fee covers both the in-person and virtual portions of the conference.
  • The Keynote, Annual Meeting, and in-person presentations will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.  For most virtual sessions, we plan to offer recordings for viewing post-conference. 
  • We will NOT offer printed hardcopies of conference handouts for the in-person portion of the conference.  All handouts will be provided via Whova, and registrants will be able to download and print handouts for the in-person sessions from Whova in advance to bring with them the day of the conference.
"Thank You" to our 2023 Fall Conference Sponsors!

Scroll down to see all our sponsorship options and contact Christy at if you are interested!


Andrew Pizzi — I & I Resolution



ADR Notable

(614) 695-3795


John C. Cook, Esq., Cook Craig & Francuzenko PLLC

(703) 865-7480

Davis Law Practice PLLC



Joseph W. Boisineau

(804) 814-6066

Sarah P. "Sally" Campbell

Attorney and VA Certified Mediator

P.O. Box 1227, Ashland, VA 23005

Mary G. Commander - Commander Law 
(757) 533-5400

George Mason University Ombuds Office


MC3 Mediator Certification

Pamela K Struss, PhD 


Waugh Law & Mediation



Lisa Brook - Good Counsel Group



Dale Robinson Conflict Management Services Professional

Frank Dukes of UVA’s Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

Karen Richards Training & Mediation LLC

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center

University of Virginia

The Virginia Tech University Ombuds Office

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are now seeking sponsors for this year's Fall Conference!

Below is a list of this year's opportunities, available to both individuals and businesses.  We hope you will become a sponsor and join us in making the conference a success!  Please email if you are interested.

Disclaimer as to Presentations and Materials at VMN Conference: While the Virginia Mediation Network strives to make the information presented at our conference as informative, neutral, accurate and timely as possible, VMN makes no endorsement of, promises about, guarantees or opinions related to the accuracy, adequacy or protected ownership of the contents of the presentations.  Any opinions expressed by a presenter, whether or not a member of VMN, shall not be considered the opinion of the organization itself. Reference to any specific commercial product, process or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the attendees, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Mediation Network.

2022 Fall Conference: Rising to the Challenge in a Changing Environment

We hosted our 2022 Fall Conference on September 17 & 19-23. The theme was “Rising to the Challenge in a Changing Environment.”  Saturday, September 17, was in-person, at Hotel 24 South, in Staunton, Virginia, and we offered six sessions that day.  Our Keynote Luncheon featured Dan Wassink, Dispute Resolution Services Manager, and was followed by our members-only Annual Meeting. 

We offered a networking and cocktail hour on Friday, Sept. 16, at Hotel 24 South, to celebrate VMN's 30th Anniversary. 

The remainder of the conference, from Sept. 19-23, was virtual, and we offered 2-3 virtual sessions per day.

2021 Fall Virtual Conference: Building Bridges

Our 2021 Fall Conference was entirely virtual, and our theme was "Building Bridges."  We focused on providing tools and insights to help ADR professionals build bridges between people and communities.  

A big "thank you" to our 2021 Event Sponsor, Holcomb Mediation Centers, and our Platinum Sponsors, ADR Notable, and 

The Virginia Mediation Network is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

Disclaimer of Liability and Endorsement: While the Virginia Mediation Network strives to make the information on this website as informative, neutral, accurate and timely as possible, VMN makes no endorsement of, promises about, guarantees or opinions related to the accuracy or adequacy of the contents of the third-party seminars.  VMN expressly disclaims any liability for the content of said presentations.  Any opinions expressed by third-party presenters, whether members of VMN or not, are not expressed as the opinion of the organization itself. Reference on this website to any specific commercial product, process or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Mediation Network.

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