Virginia Joint ADR Committee

Deborah Wood Blevins, Chair

The JADRC, 179 members of the VSB and VBA, seeks to educate all lawyers about the skills necessary to succeed in ADR.  Highlights from 2016 – 17 are listed below.  For more information and a complete list of Council members, see

  • Mid-Atlantic Global Pound Conference

Deborah Blevins, Sally Campbell, Cyril Coombs and Geetha Ravindra were organizers for the June 8, 2017 Conference in Baltimore. One of a series held across the globe, it focused on the future of commercial ADR, and included panelists Coombs, Ravindra, and the Honorable Rosemarie Annunziata. 


  • Appellate Mediation Proposal

In May 2017 the Council recommended to Chief Justice Lemons that a committee be formed to study appellate mediation in Virginia.        


  • Access to Justice projects, Will Shewmake

Better Business Bureau: Pro bono mediators mediate consumer complaints against Central Virginia BBB members, and can coordinate with the CMG Foundation to provide a mentor mediator.


General District Court:   The Committee is working with a Richmond General District Court to provide pro bono mediation services for litigants.    

  • CLE programs

Arbitration Today: Goals and Reality:   With Virginia CLE, presented December 12, 2016 (live) and  January 19, 2017 (webinar).   Panelists were the Honorable LeRoy Millette, Jr., James Cosby, Bradfute  Davenport, Jr., Robert Loftin, and David Nagle.   

To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate, That is the Question, Here are Some Answers:  With the Conference of Local Bar Associations, Will Shewmake and Donita King presented at the Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Forum September 19, 2016, in Winchester, and April 6, 2017 in Lynchburg.

VSB Annual Meeting CLEs 6/16/17:   

Expert Witnesses:  Who Are They And What Can They Say?  Co-sponsored with Litigation and Construction Law Sections, panelists were the Honorable Robert Ballou, Brian Riopelle, and Lauren McLaughlin, moderated by Kristan Burch.

The Future of Law Practice:  It’s Coming at Warp Speed.   Co-sponsored with VSB Future of Law Practice Committee, panelists were Sharon Nelson, Michael Robinson, Marni Byrum, and Jim McCauley.

  • Communications, Claudia Farr
    • Semi-annual ADR Virginia newsletter
    • Monthly ADR Advisory Alert emails
    • All Things ADR blog
  • Outreach:  Marina Mayes and Claudia Farr provided informational materials and spoke with new lawyers about ADR at the VSB’s December 6, 2016 First Day in Practice seminar at the Richmond Convention Center.
    • Virginia State Bar publications
      • “Mediation Compensation Legislation – Lawyers and Mediators Working Together for Public Benefit,” by Donita King, June 2016, Virginia Lawyer Magazine
      • “Lawyer as Problem-Solver: Top Ten Tips,” by William Fitzhugh and Deborah Blevins, June 2017, Virginia Lawyer Magazine
    • Virginia Bar Association publications
      •  “Triage,” by Deborah Blevins, Spring 2017, VBA Journal
      • “ADR and Virginia Law Schools,” by William Bray and Rachel Snead, Summer 2017, VBA YLD’s Opening Statement


  • Membership, Joan Morrow
    • New option of online membership as of June 2017


Hon. Deborah Wood Blevins, Chair

James C. Cosby, Vice Chair

M.F. Connell Mulllins, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer





Updated: Jul 13, 2017