March is Mediation Month

March is now Mediation Month as declared by Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe. It is an annual recognition of the important work that mediators, and community dispute resolution centers like NVMS, do throughout the Commonwealth to help people and communities make effective decisions and solve problems together.

This year is the 24th anniversary of the passage of the dispute resolution proceedings statute that continues to play an important role in encouraging the use of mediation in the courts of  Virginia.  The state also supports mediation by providing the mediator certification program through Dispute Resolution Services in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.  The Department of Human Resource Management, The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, the Department of Education, and the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch are all government entities that have committed to applying alternative dispute resolution practices when confronted with complex conflicts.

The Certificate of Recognition signed by McAuliff also highlights not-for-profit community-based dispute resolution centers, such as NVMS, that provide opportunities to resolve issues effectively and affordably in communities.  Virginia’s universities and schools that incorporate mediation into their curricula are also important players in perpetuating mediation as a common conflict resolution practice.

Review the full Certificate of Recognition here: 2017-mediation-month