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The Future of Dispute Resolution in Virginia
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The Future of Dispute Resolution in Virginia
The Future of Dispute Resolution in Virginia

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When: Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: The University of Richmond
Jepson Alumni Center
442 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia  23173
United States
Caroline Wilson

Phone: (804) 644-0041 x 121


Sponsored by the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Virginia State Bar and The Virginia Bar Association,the Virginia Mediation Network,  and Resolution Virginia. 


Early registration can be made by clicking the button below. Each participant is being asked to pay a $20 participation fee to help cover the costs of the event (higher amounts are also appreciated).  The $20 fee (or other contribution) can be paid with PayPal or a credit card on the Sponsorship page or by mailing a check, made out to Resolution Virginia, to:

Resolution Virginia
315 Sherwood Ave.
Staunton, VA 24401

(If the $20 fee would be a hardship, please do not pay it. We do not want the participation fee to keep people from attending.) We thank you in advance for your support of the Dispute Resolution Summit. 



What to Expect

 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. 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!


  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Keynote Speaker, Toby Guerin J.D., Managing Director for the Center for Dispute Resolution at the Maryland Carey School of Law and the convener of the 2017 International Mediation Institute’s Global Pound Conference in Baltimore, MD
  • PART II Panel discussion - Accomplishments, Challenges, and Emerging Opportunities in Dispute Resolution
  • PART III Work Groups - Creating the Future: The Relevance and Desired Impact of Dispute Resolution in Virginia
  • PART IV Reporting Out and Choosing Initiatives - Where Does Energy Exist?
  • PART  V Next Steps

Call for Panelists

The Dispute Resolution Summit will begin with a rousing keynote address followed by a four to five person panel discussion on specific accomplishments, challenges and emerging opportunities in conflict engagement and dispute resolution.  To ensure that the panelists reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, the planning team seeks input as to who would provide thoughtful reflection on future practices.

If you want to recommend someone, or if you, yourself, could serve as a panelist, please click here to complete and send your proposal by October 25, 2019.  Please include information as to why you or the person you suggest would be an excellent panelist.  If possible, please also include contact information for someone who knows your professional credentials or those of your suggested panelist.

Sponsorship Opportunities   

To enable the participation of many dispute resolution stakeholders, sponsors are sought to help cover the financial costs of the summit.  Please click this link to contribute your tax-deductible sponsorship with PayPal or a credit card or send your check (made out to Resolution Virginia) to:

Resolution Virginia
315 Sherwood Ave.
Staunton, VA 24401

Sponsorship opportunities include the following:

  • Platinum Sponsors ($5,000 or more)
  • Gold Sponsors ($2,500 - $4,999)
  • Silver Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,499)
  • Bronze Sponsors ($500 - $999)
  • Summit Supporter (any amount under $500)

There is also an opportunity to sponsor specific parts of the meeting such as the

  • Continental Breakfast ($1,000) 
  • Lunch ($2,500)
  • Networking Reception ($2,000)

Please contact Christine Poulson at (540) 294-0732 to discuss these sponsorship opportunities.  All sponsors will be recognized on the day of the event and in any resulting program materials.  A limited number of groups or people contributing $500 or more will be offered an exhibitor's table.


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