You might be interested to hear what some Virginia lawyers have to say about ADR.
They want effective mediators and are not always satisfied with how their mediators perform. They are also concerned about how confidentiality works and what might be discoverable from the mediation process should a settlement not be reached. They want to know how to use the process well, but do not always realize that they can establish parameters and expectations for the process.
Lawyers have asked the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for more training opportunities, and examples of how different kinds of mediation can work.
Our Joint ADR Committee was invited to make presentations during the March and April VSB Solo/Small Firm conferences. Afterward, lawyers told us in feedback surveys that they learned helpful information in the program we designed, and they valued the lists and links to Virginia ADR statutes that we provided. We expect opportunities to continue this educational service to members of the bar.
Some additional targeted pages [in PDF] from the solo/small firm course materials you may find valuable:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) basics
How lawyers can approach ADR
The ethics of ADR
ADR resources and tips
Why join the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee