Monday Night Forum


Monday Night Forum (MNF) is a monthly in-service training program delivered by mediators for mediators. Advanced practice topics provide learning opportunities and a great place to network with others. Topics include mediation practices, ethics, theory, and collaborative processes. MNFs are held on teh 4th Monday evening of select months. 

Note: Select MNF may be certified for Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credits. 

Time: 7-9pm (7-7:30 networking; 7:30-9 presentation)

Cost: $25 NVMS Members/ $35 General Public


Will Be Rescheduled for 2016: "Get it in Writing": A Scrivener Skills Session for Mediators

Speaker: Ken Rosenbaum

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

CME: 1.5 General

Cost: $25 NVMS members/ $35 General Public

Networking: 7:00pm-7:30pm-Coffee, Soda, and Light Snacks will be provided

This presentation is intended to explain not only the purpose of putting agreements into writing, but the role of the mediator/scrivener in that process and how to make the written agreements between the two parties complete and clear. 


1)      Understand the reasoning behind the importance of written agreements

2)      Learn the role a mediator plays as a scrivener

3)      Develop skills that will enable individuals to aid parties in coming to concise and clear agreements

About the Speaker:

Ken Rosenbaum is an attorney and policy consultant who blends dispute resolution into his everyday work. He became certified as a mediator in Virginia in 2003, has mentor status, and has taught various legal and mediation continuing education classes over the years. His experience as a scrivener/drafter began with a stint as a congressional counsel in the 1980s and ‘90s. As a private consultant, he has advised on governance reform and helped to draft statutes, regulations, and model contracts around the world. He is the author of two United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization drafting guides: one for legislative drafting and the other for negotiating and drafting forestry agreements with local communities. His practice specialty is environmental policy. He sits on the leadership council of the Environment and Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and is listed on the federal government’s roster of environmental dispute resolution professionals.


July 27: Anger and ADR: Losing one’s temper, Finding one’s temper

Speaker: Candice Allgaier

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

CME: pending 1.5 general

Cost: $25 NVMS members/ $35 General Public

Networking: 7:00pm-7:30pm- coffee, soda, and light snacks will be provided

This Monday Night Forum discusses how anger is a dynamic emotion, with potential for strong effects.  Still, anger is much more complex than “bad” or “negative” -- and it deserves understanding.  Whether you negotiate or mediate or facilitate, chances are that being comfortable with anger (inside you and outside you) is going to smooth the road to closure that is authentic

Learning Objective:

(1) Understand that presence of mind--a state with more acting/less reacting-- is a choice, and isn't luck of the draw.

(2) Learn approaches for tempering one's anger

About the Speaker:

Candice Allgaier found the ADR field around 20 years ago. She has utilized ADR while serving in government, federal as well as state, and while providing services pro bono to communities. Her master's thesis in conflict resolution ("Anger in Negotiation) investigated emotion and decision-making (University of Massachusetts, 2005). Her program certificate ("Organizational Development and COnflict Resolution") emphasized applications (Northern Virginia Mediation Service, 2014). She is affiliated with Division 48 of the American Psychological Association, which is devoted to the study of peace and conflict.



June 22: Following the Growth of Mediation in Civil Litigation

Speaker: Professor Autherine Smith 

Time: 7:30-9pm

CME: pending 1.5 General

Cost: $25 NVMS members/ $35 General Public

Networking: 7-7:30pm - coffee, soda, light snacks will be provided

This program is designed to give participants an overview of the growth of mediation in the area of civil litigation.  It provides information on the rules, standards, and other guidelines which have been promulgated to provide the necessary structure and competence for an effective mediation process in post filing civil litigation.

The presentation will include:
- A comparison of two excellent national programs
- A review of the Uniform Mediation Act
- A review of the Model Standard of Conduct for Mediators
- An examination of mediation confidentiality statutes
- The Rules of Professional Responsibility and lawyers acting as mediators.
About the speaker:
Professor Autherine Smith Scholl teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Justice Issues in Society at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. She has also taught Conflict Resolution and Mediation.  Professor Smith Scholl is a frequent continuing legal education lecturer on mediation and ethics issues.  She is a certified mediator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the District of Columbia.  She has also taught courses in Bankruptcy Law and Practice at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey and at the Widener School of Law in Wilmington, DE.  Professor Smith Scholl is a graduate of the Temple Beasley School of Law.

March 23: Is Mediation Dead?

Facilitators: Cindy Mazur and John Settle

Time: 7:30pm - 9pm 

Cost: FREE

Networking: 7-7:30pm (coffee, soda and light snacks will be provided)


The leaders of this session will facilitate and contribute to a discussion of the following questions, and related ones as they arise:  
 Some perceive that there is a growing movement toward “multi-disciplinary” ADR practice.  What is your experience with, and your view of,  this trend – resist or join?  What are the impacts of our ethical responsibilities – both as mediators, and otherwise?
What’s the best way to explain and/or “sell” mediation to a new potential client?  How do we determine the appropriateness of mediation, both ethically and as a matter of practicality, vis-à-vis other forms of ADR?
•What is the best way to respond to the client with a “little knowledge” (which may be the proverbial “dangerous thing”) who wants a certain intervention methodology?


About the facilitators: 

Cynthia Mazur is the Director for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She is a mentor/mediator in the Federal Shared Neutrals Program. At the D.C. Superior Court she mediates domestic cases and child abuse and neglect cases. She arbitrates legal malpractice and fee dispute cases for the D.C. Bar and mediates these cases, as well. The D.C. Bar gave her a Special Merit Award in 2005. Ms. Mazur has been with FEMA since 1991. She most recently was the Associate General Counsel for Program Law. FEMA OCC awarded Cindy the Shirley Levy Award in 2007. Before coming to FEMA, Ms. Mazur was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center. She taught in the Appellate Clinic for two years, handling prisoner civil rights and criminal defense cases. She earned her L.L.M. in Appellate Advocacy. Prior to that, she was an Associate, practicing employment law at the D.C. firm of Akin, Gump, Straus, Hauer & Feld. She came to D.C. from a Judicial Clerkship in the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, working on prisoner civil rights cases. Ms. Mazur received a scholarship to attend the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France in 1991. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University in 1986 and was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society. She earned an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and served a bi-racial church on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota as an ordained minister. This created an interest in Indian law. She graduated cum laude with her B.A. in English/Education from Hartwick College in New York. Ms. Mazur is licensed to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York.

John Settle has over twenty years experience as a mediator and trainer.  He is certified as a mediator and Mentor Mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and he holds Advanced Workplace Mediator status from the Association for Conflict Resolution.  He heads his own mediation and consulting firm (SETTLEment Associates, LLC) and is among the cadre of consultants for several national firms providing ADR services.  He has been a trainer and mediator with the Northern Virginia Mediation Service since 1998.  He is a contract mediator for three offices of EEOC (including EEOC’s internal “Resolve” program) and has mediated and trained for many federal agencies.  He served as the contract Ombudsman for the U.S. Architect of the Capitol.  Mr. Settle is on the faculty of George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Administration, teaching conflict management and negotiation skills, and has taught negotiation skills at GWU Law School.  He is a retired member of the Virginia Bar. Mr. Settle formerly held senior federal management positions, and he received the Presidential Award of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service. 


October 27: Using Technology in Mediation 

Speakers: Julia Morelli and Dan Rainey

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

CME: pending 1.5 General and Family CME

Cost: $25 Members/ $35 General Public

Networking: 7-7:30pm (coffee, soda and light snacks will be provided)

Technology will continue to play an important role in our lives, and mediation is no exception.  Participate in this interactive session and become more aware of the practical and ethical issues related to ODR (online dispute resolution).  Learn what you need to consider when deciding if and how to include technology in your mediation practice.  This workshop includes cautionary tales about email, Skype and use of the telephone, and recommendations for best practices.



About the Speakers:

Julia Morelli has over fifteen years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, manager and consultant. She is the Director of Operations for the George Mason University (GMU) Instructional Foundation and President of Holistic Solutions, Inc. Her practice includes mediation and facilitation, organizational assessment and development, strategic planning; and training related to conflict management, the use of technology in dispute resolution, diversity and cultural issues, and communication. Julia provides the GMU community with conflict management training, workplace coaching and group facilitation; and serves as mediator for individual and group mediations for state agencies through the Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution. Her private practice includes work with government, private and non-profit organizations. She received an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Organizational Conflict and Diversity Management. She has also received a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management.

 Daniel Rainey is the Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (ADRS) for the National Mediation Board (NMB), and he is the agency’s Ombudsman. He directs the NMB’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program, which includes: 1) an ongoing training program offering courses in Facilitated Problem Solving and Grievance Mediation; 2) specialized training in topics such as teambuilding and System Boards of Adjustment; 3) third party work in grievance mediation, interest-based contract negotiation, and group facilitation; and, 4) Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). The ODR program includes the use of technology for contract negotiations, grievance mediation, arbitration hearings, and other work with parties in the airline and railroad industries. He is a member of, an online dispute resolution organization addressing issues of justice involving cyber-law and cyber-transactions, he is a member of the planning committee for the United Nations Fifth ODR Conference (2007), and he is a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution (CITDR) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Southern Methodist University.