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.”Read More
Negotiation often provides a fast and efficient way to resolve a conflict. With the stalemate currently paralyzing the U.S. Congress, we could all benefit from some skilled negotiation. Similarly, in our day to day conflicts and in many legal proceedings, a skilled negotiator may provide a faster and cheaper resolution.Read More
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 Leesburg, Virginia and Charles Town, 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.