RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

This weekend I will be joining lawyers from all over the United States in Harrisonburg, Virginia to participate in a symposium, “Restorative Justice’s Role in the Expanding Concepts and Structures of the Practice of Law in the United States.” Sponsored by the Campbell University College of Law and the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, we will be addressing topics such as “A Trauma-Informed Legal Practice” and “How Restorative Practices are Affecting Systemic Change.”  Of course, I am most excited to hear what Professor Zehr will bring to the symposium during Friday night's  session, “Restorative Justice: Continuing the Conversation.”    

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS: SHOULD CHILDREN BE INCLUDED IN MEDIATION?

Many times parents believe that the child should have a chance to articulate their opinion in a divorce or child custody case. Many courts prefer that their opinions be addressed through the appointment of a specially trained lawyer, or a Guardian Ad LItem, who may interview the child outside of the courtroom.  Another option is to include children in mediation.  While this option should be employed sparingly, for some families it might serve to empower the children and bring the family closer.  Only a specially trained mediator, often working with a child specialist, can assess the situation and determine whether or not the child's participation is beneficial.  Our office accepts cases in West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and can work with families to determine the best mediation structure for you.

 

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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING

I am on my way to Morgantown to attend a symposium focusing on Prisons in Appalachia.  I will be joining a fabulous roundtable discussion on Restorative Justice and Alternative Sentencing tomorrow morning featuring Judge Michael Aloi, Jacqueline Roebuck Sacko, Jim Nolan and Valena Beety.  In my portion of the session I’ll be providing a bit of an introduction to restorative justice.

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MAKING SPACE FOR MEDIATION...

The office space demands for a practice built on collaboration and mediation differs from litigation.  We are in the midst of a remodel and are redesigning our outdated space to create a space designed not to process papers and stage mini-trials, but to address conflict and find collaborative resolutions.

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LIMITATIONS ON DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS: TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD TALK TO AN ATTORNEY BEFORE YOU SETTLE YOUR CASE

HGTV expert Ty Pennington reports that do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever.   He attributes economic reasons for homeowners to take on projects such as hardwood flooring since these projects often add value to the home.When legal decisions are involved, do-it-yourself may be penny wise but pound-foolish.   When you are injured in an accident, resolving your case without a lawyer might be a bad decision.  Our office provides a free consultation to victims following an accident.  During that free meeting, we will review your case and help you map out a full recovery to your injuries.

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CONSIDERING DIVORCE? MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW PROVIDE GREAT OPTIONS

When you are considering divorce, be sure to consider both mediation and collaborative law as options.  Both of these options are usually healthier for your family and tend to be less costly than litigation.  With offices in Martinsburg, Charles Town and Washington DC, Brenda Waugh can provide you with mediation or legal services and help you to weigh the costs and benefits of the various processes available.

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Welcome!

This is my new website and it's quite exciting and reflects my evolving law and mediation practice.  I'm an experienced attorney, having graduated from West Virginia University law school in 1987.  I've practiced law consistently since graduation, in both public service and private practice all while raising three children, running four marathons and earning a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution.  These experiences combine to generate this law and mediation practice, this website and this blog.  My work is centered on conflict resolution and finding the ways to address conflict that work best in each situation.  Throughout this website and in my upcoming blog posts, you will find my stories of my experiences addressing conflict through collaborative law, mediation, restorative justice and in some situations, litigation.  I may be reached at my physical offices located in Washington DC and in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and also via email, facebook, linked in and twitter.  Please feel free to contact me to learn more the exciting changes in conflict resolution.