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Click here to register for the 2020 Summit on Dispute Resolution in Virginia

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!

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Congratulations to Karen Richards!
Mediator of the Year 2019!
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VMN President Vickie Williams - Cullins awards Karen Richards at the VMN Annual Membership Meeting


Celebrating the wonderful life of Lawrence “Larry” Gaughan

Larry Gaughan 2019

November 12, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please join us at the Celebration honoring and remembering

our friend and colleague Larry Gaughan


Old Town Hall

3999 University Drive

Fairfax, Virginia 22030


Please RSVP to Phyllis Palombi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The annual conference of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators is in Boston this year.  Those unable to travel that far can "attend" sessions live and also view them after the conference by registering for the Livestream of it. Sessions that will be available are listed on this page

Fall 2019 Training:
The Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce that it is offering free Resolution of Fee Disputes training in four locations. If you are currently serving on a fee dispute circuit committee, or have an interest in serving, please register at one of the links below.  Your registration will serve as a request to be appointed to a local committee if you are not already serving on one.

Roanoke, October 1, 2019 -

Richmond, October 4, 2019 –

Norfolk, October 24, 2019 –

Fredericksburg, October 29, 2019 -

Contact VSB FDR Administrator Stephanie Blanton for more information at (804) 775-0576


Congratulations to Norval "John" Settle
Mediator of the Year receipient 2018!
 Karen Richards, Larry Gaughan and Otis Jarvis present the Mediator of the Year award at the 2018 VMN Annual Fall Training Conference to N. John Settle.


Click here to register online for 2019 VMN Membership

Be sure to register / renew your 2019 VMN Membership to take advantage of:

  1. Networking and marketing opportunities with attorneys, mediators, financial professionals, and other providers
  2. Educational programs, conferences and meetings that qualify for continuing education credits
  3. Mediation promotion and referral programs that can augment your practice development efforts
  4. Membership in VMN is your entrée into the Virginia mediation community, and signifies your participation in the field of dispute resolution in Virginia.
  5. Representation and liaison for mediation issues with the VA Legislature, VA Courts, VA Bar Association, Universities and more
  6. Discounts to conferences and training sessions
  7. Discounted professional liability insurance
  8. Membership in VMN tells clients you have a commitment to mediation.
  9. Clients benefit from a multidisciplinary network of professionals you can refer to, and the ongoing mediation training VMN provides




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Congratulations to Larry Gaughan!

Mediator of the Year, 2017.