Virginia ADR Joint Committee
The Virginia ADR Joint Committee of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association had a successful 2010. The Committee was active in conducting education programs, publishing a newsletter and providing input for several policy initiatives.
The Committee co-sponsored a CLE program Mastering the Art of Advocacy in ADR: Tips and Techniques for the Skilled Practitioner. This well-received program had 60 attendees at the Virginia Bar Association Winter 2010 meeting and another 35 attendees at the Virginia State Bar annual meeting on June 18 in Virginia Beach. In the spring of 2010, the Committee also sponsored a free-standing CLE, Lawyers (And Clients) Behaving Badly! You're the Mediator! What would You Do? which was held in both Richmond and Falls Church, with a total of more than 65 attendees. Another successful program, Collaborative Skills in Litigation, was offered at the summer VBA event at the Homestead. Members of the Committee used course material from prior Joint Committee programs at local CLE programs in Alexandria and Harrisonburg.
The Joint Committee co-sponsored, with the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, two receptions in Richmond and Washington, D.C. to celebrate “National Mediation Month” in October 2010. We also co-sponsored programs at the fall 2010 Virginia Mediation Network conference. Neither event involved expenditure of Committee funds.
Two issues of the Virginia ADR newsletter were published in hard copy and mailed to members of the committee during 2010. Among the topics covered in the newsletter were: ADR Innovations in the Virginia law schools, victim offender mediation, restorative justice in the public schools, the use of the judge pro tempore process, the mediation program in the 24th Judicial District J & DR court, and legislative developments and pertinent court cases.
The Committee offered input on several legislative proposals that were introduced in the 2010 and 2011 sessions of the General Assembly. Members of the Committee have participated on the task force that is revising the Standards of Ethics for Certified Mediators at the Virginia Supreme Court.
Chair, ADR Joint Committee
March 29, 2011