President’s Welcome

As we all adjust to our lives in the “time of COVID-19” we can be confident of one thing – online mediation is now the norm.  WMA is adapting.  Our primary purposes of promoting mediation as an alternative litigation, facilitating professional dialogue, and establishing professional standards of practice are all being opened up by this necessity.  We have long faced the challenge of whether and how to do a webcast of our annual Fall Conference.  This year’s Zoom conference puts us in a great position to offer a webcast of the conference.  And most exciting, this year we launched our online monthly Mediator Café project.  It is helping to create a community of mediators from across the state and beyond who can gather for learning from each other and to gain continuing education credit.  Our first topic of discussion in June was conducting mediation on Zoom, in July the topic was power dynamics in mediation. For August, the topic is a presentation on implicit bias. This is an exciting year for the Washington Mediation Association and I hope to see you at our 10/22/20 (Zoom) Fall Conference, where we will be focusing on virtual mediation (facilitative and evaluative) as well as marketing in the time of COVID.

Marcus Lang

President, WMA