Jan 30

Educating Legislators – Mediators Visit the Capitol of VA 2018

On January 24 Delegate Michael Webert welcomed PDRC Executive Director Lawrie Parker and volunteer Lisa Barkema to the general assembly.  In 2012 Delegate Webert successfully sponsored legislation to expand the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) enabling volunteer mediators to receive Virginia tax credits for their service.

Lawrie & Lisa with Del.

Mediators from the Virginia Mediation Network, the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution and Dispute Resolution Services from the Office of the Supreme Court were recognized by Delegate David Toscano from the House floor.

inside House floor

Mediators spent the day seeing their legislators and educating new legislators about mediation and how it can be used for constituent concerns.