General District Court Observation Training, March 26, 2020

Thursday, March 26 2020 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM [EST]

9653 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA, 22031, United States

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Thursday, March 26 2020 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM [EST]

NVMS Training Center, 9653 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA, 22031, United States.

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process 

This workshop provides mediators an intensive highly-interactive experience to reinforce and build their mediation skills. It is designed to be a bridge from the classroom to the hands-on practice of mediation for those who have recently completed basic training as well as a refresher for those already practicing. The class builds the participants’ mediator toolkits while also satisfying the observation requirement for the Virginia General District Court Mediator Certification. 


Course details:

Time: 8:30am-5pm 

Instructors: James Meditz and/or Catherine Baker Wingfield

Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credits: 8

Location: 9653 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22031


Instructor bios:

James R. Meditz, MA

Jim Meditz is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator.  He also provides services as a facilitator, instructor/trainer, consultant, and conflict management coach for diverse clients, including cases before Virginia courts; parties in employment and EEO disputes, and commercial and community entities.  He is a current member and past president of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association and Dispute Resolution Section.  In addition to the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, he is on the rosters of colleagues’ organizations and federal agencies.  Mr. Meditz has a Master of Arts in International Relations, Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He is a graduate of the National War College, (National Defense University, Washington, DC) and the Federal Executive Institute (Charlottesville, VA).  He received special training in Problem Solving in Organizations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and EEO matters, family business issues, conflict coaching, and in management and other subjects during his federal career.

Catherine Baker-Wingfield, JD

Catherine Baker-Wingfield has been a mediator for eight years, focused primarily on small claims cases heard in the Arlington General District Court. She has been a mentor with NVMS for four years and now co-teaches the Practicum class. When not mediating, Catherine is a principal at EMR Content + Communications, a Washington D.C. public affairs consultancy. She is also an adjunct professor with Johns Hopkins University, teaching opinion writing within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences MA program. Prior to joining EMR, Catherine served as a senior trial and appellate attorney with the US Department of Justice Criminal Division. She has also served as a law clerk with the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and worked as an associate with Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) a corporate law firm in London. Catherine has an LL.M. in International Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Cancellation policy

A fee equal to 30% of the registration cost of the course will apply for any changes to registration (cancellation, re-scheduling) made less than 10 calendar days in advance. This fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be applied to future classes.

Refunds may be processed in the following ways: credit to be used on a course of equal or lesser value within a year from being awarded or by check. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing.

Participants who register for the training but do not attend or cancel their registration less than 48 hours prior to the start of the training will be billed the full tuition cost of the training.

NVMS Conflict Resolution Center is a community dispute resolution center in Fairfax, Virginia affiliated with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a member of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution. The mission of NVMS is to equip the Northern Virginia community to constructively address conflict by providing: 1) Mediation, facilitation, and restorative practice services to resolve disagreements, 2) Training to develop skilled practitioners who deliver mediation, facilitation, and restorative practice services, and 3) Education for community members about alternative approaches to addressing conflict. For more information, please see our website at

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