VMN Spring Webinar featuring David J. Smith of David J. Smith Consulting
March 4, 2020  7:00pm to 8:30pm


Approved for 1.5 Non Ethics CME credit

 David Smith

Click here to register online today!


This session 1.5 hour session will examine approaches that will enable today’s conflict resolution professional to better serve populations that are increasingly changing as a result of demographic and cultural forces.

Those coming from a mediation orientation will be asked to consider new “means” to peaceable “ends” when traditional mediation approaches are insufficient. Topics considered will include dialogic processes, Appreciative Inquiry, coaching, and other forms of intervention that can be assistive in responding to client needs.

The session will include:

1. Overview of demographic/cultural changes in Virginia and nationally
2. Review of the range of innovative approaches
3. Resources and training
4. Question and answer

The presenter will be David J. Smith, JD, MS. David is an adjunct professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at GMU where he teaches facilitation, reflective practice, and the career intensive course. He is the author Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). He started his career as a divorce lawyer, then moved to domestic mediation, community mediation, was a Fulbright Scholar teaching ADR overseas, then ended up at the U.S. Institute of Peace. His MS is in conflict analysis and resolution from GMU. He still engages in community mediation in his local community mediation center in Rockville, MD.


Check out the December, 2019 edition of "The Link"!
Click here to download a copy today!


Be sure to register / renew your 2020 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


Dispute logo


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!

VBA logo VMN200Resolution Virginia simple logo

Congratulations to Karen Richards!
Mediator of the Year 2019!
Mediator of the year 2019 2 small
VMN President Vickie Williams - Cullins awards Karen Richards at the VMN Annual Membership Meeting

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.



Larry Mone2


Congratulations to Larry Gaughan!

Mediator of the Year, 2017.