Virginia's Judicial System

Virginia Mediation Network Receives Grant To Produce Mediation Video

The Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) has awarded the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN) a $14,850 grant to produce a 12-15 minute informational video on mediation in Virginia. The primary goal of the video is to increase the public's understanding, acceptance, and use of mediation.

Focusing on mediation in Virginia's court systems, the video will concentrate on: 1) the general use and benefits of mediation in myriad types of conflicts; 2) the role of mediators; and, 3) a mock mediation to demonstrate what mediation looks like. While the primary audience will be prospective users of mediation, VMN anticipates that secondary audiences will include judges, attorneys, clerks' offices, and other states interested in Virginia's approach to mediation.

VMN's Marketing and Public Relations Committee will be working collaboratively with the Supreme Court of Virginia's Department of Dispute Resolution Services and the Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association's Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution on this project. The video will be produced on a computer disc to accommodate inexpensive reproduction and distribution costs, greater presentation flexibility, sharper graphics, and future updates. The completion date is slated for summer 2003 at which time the video-disc will be available through VMN for the cost of shipping and handling.

VMN has contracted with Command Technologies, Inc., a Fauquier County-based, high-tech professional services firm to produce the video. Board members will also be donating in-kind services in script-writing and editing. Members of VMN's Marketing and Public Relations Committee are: Lawrie Parker, Chair; Merri Hanson; Sam Jackson; Joe Beatty, and John Settle, VMN President-elect.

(Lawrie Parker is the Executive Director of the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center in Warrenton, VA.)

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