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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 Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Mediation Network, and Resolution Virginia. 


Early registration can be made online by clicking the button below. Paper registration forms can be submitted via mail to the address 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.

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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