2020 VMN Conference Current

VMN Spring Conference Webinar 

to be held March 4, 2020!

Featuring David J. Smith of David J. Smith Consulting, LLC.

David Smith

Registration is now open! Approved for 1.5 hours Non Ethics CMEs!

Click here to register online now!


This session 1.5 hour session will examine approaches that will enable today’s conflict resolution professional to better serve populations that are increasingly changing as a result of demographic and cultural forces.

Those coming from a mediation orientation will be asked to consider new “means” to peaceable “ends” when traditional mediation approaches are insufficient. Topics considered will include dialogic processes, Appreciative Inquiry, coaching, and other forms of intervention that can be assistive in responding to client needs.

The session will include:

1. Overview of demographic/cultural changes in Virginia and nationally
2. Review of the range of innovative approaches
3. Resources and training
4. Question and answer


The presenter will be David J. Smith, JD, MS. David is an adjunct professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at GMU where he teaches facilitation, reflective practice, and the career intensive course. He is the author Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). He started his career as a divorce lawyer, then moved to domestic mediation, community mediation, was a Fulbright Scholar teaching ADR overseas, then ended up at the U.S. Institute of Peace. His MS is in conflict analysis and resolution from GMU. He still engages in community mediation in his local community mediation center in Rockville, MD.



 30 years

VMN Sponsorship Opportunities Fall Conference 2020

30th Anniversary Dinner Sponsor $2000

  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor for Dinner Event
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Full page ad in conference program
  • Dinner Table with (8) event tickets
  • Exhibitor table at conference

Gold Sponsor $1000

  • Recognition as Gold Sponsor during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Half page ad in conference program
  • Saturday lunch sponsor signage
  • Exhibitor table at conference

Silver Sponsor $750

  • Recognition as Silver Sponsor during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Saturday breakfast sponsor signage
  • Exhibitor table at conference

Bronze Sponsor $500

  • Recognition as Bronze Sponsor during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Break sponsor signage

For more information on Sponsorship opportunities contact Jeanne Mann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 804-316-5271.


2020 Fall Conference – Call for Speakers

The Virginia Mediation Network is hosting the Annual Fall Training Conference October 2 & 3, 2020. The conference will be held at University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center. VMN is looking for workshop presentations that would be of interest to conference participants.      

VMN is seeking proposals for concurrent workshops (1.5 hours in length) which will be scheduled for either Friday, October 2nd or Saturday, October 3rd. Speakers will be offered a $50 discount on conference registration fees, or a stipend of $50.00 to cover travel expenses.

Workshops on implementing Conflict Resolution in both Public and Private sectors are of special interest however, all conference presentation ideas are welcome for review. To assist in thinking about topic areas, past participants have identified the topic areas listed below as interest for more training. A list below is offered to spark further thought and creativity.

Possible Session Ideas:


  • Cultural, Religious, or Political differences facilitation
  • Evaluating Success in the mediation process
  • Conflict Resolution methods that assist our communities
  • Cultural and Political impact of Conflict Resolution
  • Personality types, personality disorders, and other mental health issues and how they impact the mediation process.
  • Self care
  • Focused exploration on a part of the mediation process
  • Panel discussion on the utilization of mediation in the future
  • Spousal & child support, equitable distribution, 401(k) issues, tax issues, and other financial matters in mediation – implications of new Federal Tax Law
  • ‘Silver’ Divorce issues & Elder mediation
  • Creating sustainable agreements in the workplace
  • Advanced negotiation skills for women

Speaker proposals are being accepted until June 1, 2020. All handouts are required when submitting the program proposal as these materials are needed for both the CME and CLE application process.

For your convenience, the checklist for submitting proposals is outlined below:

1.       Click here for “Call for Speakers” Program Form  

2.       Click here for ADR CME Application: This form must be completed and returned with all other information so that continuing mediator credits can be applied for from Dispute Resolution Services at the Supreme Court of Virginia. Please note your signature is required on this form. If you do not have a way to electronically sign the form, you can mail this particular form to address below.

3.       A brief bio of all speakers that are presenting (3 – 5 sentences).

4.       A workshop description for program printing (3-5 sentences).

5.       Handouts, worksheets, role plays, power point presentations, etc. that you will include in your presentation. Please review the CME application guidelines as specificity is required on this form. Handouts that you want participants to have during the session (that are included in the training manual that each conference participant receives) will need to be included. 

All materials can be returned to the Virginia Mediation Network This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please scan in a signature copy of your CME application if emailing.   

Our Mailing address:


P.O. Box 29007

Henrico, VA 23242

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact VMN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (804) 316-5271.

Best Regards,

VMN Fall 2020 Conference Committee

Dan Hand, VMN Conference Chair

Brenda Booth- Lowry, VMN Board

Karen Richards, VMN Member

Dale Robinson, VMN Board

Jeanne Mann, VMN Administrator