Thursday, October 9, 2014

Virginia Mediation Network Distinguished Mediator Award

Recognizing the Leaders 
in Our Field
Last week-end, the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN) bestowed its highest honor on my friend and colleague, Jeanette Twomey.

This award is presented annually to a prominent member of the mediation community in Virginia who demonstrates personal and professional commitment to advancing peaceful conflict resolution.

Candidates are recognized for one or more of the following qualities:

  • leadership in promoting and advancing the field of mediation; 
  • innovation in the development of mediation programs or creative applications of mediation; 
  • significant published writings on the subject of mediation; 
  • exemplary pro bono mediation service; 
  • cutting edge advanced mediation training; or 
  • dedication of time and energy to an active mediation practice that supports collaborative problem solving. 
Candidates must exemplify personal and professional integrity and respect for others, as well as demonstrated commitment to continuing growth of high quality mediation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Candidates must be members of VMN in good standing.

Past Recipients:

2010: Prof. Paula Marie Young
2011: Lawrie Parker
2012: Carroll Edward Dubuc
2013: Geetha Ravindra

More About Jeanette

Jeannette is an experienced mediator, consultant, facilitator, and trainer in the field of conflict management and resolution. She has provided alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services since 1992, focusing on workplace, family, and elder issues. Ms. Twomey has provided training and facilitation to private organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Interior, etc.

She has been a leader in the dispute resolution field, serving on governing boards of both local and state ADR organizations.

She is a Mentor Mediator for the Virginia’s Mediator Certification Program and an appointed member of the Advisory Council for the Virginia Supreme Court’s Division of Dispute Resolution Services. She was instrumental in designing the mediation program for Arlington County’s General District Court.

Ms. Twomey served as President of Northern Virginia Mediation Service from 1996-1999 and was named the organization’s “Mediator of the Year” in 1994.

She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Virginia Bar.

She is an adjunct professor, teaching negotiation and mediation, at the American University’s Washington College of Law. She oftens teaches mediation ethics and professional responsibility.

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