Access To Justice Means Access To ADR

 

Become a TVMA Mediator

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Who are our volunteers?

Texas Volunteer Mediators are attorneys, recent JDs, and law students who are committed to providing low- and pro- bono mediation services to Texas.

We are making mediation available to all

TVMA is committed to ensuring mediators and attorneys are able to use ADR effectively and we will be providing advanced classes such as implicit bias, handling pro se clients, multi-party cases, and advanced MSA drafting. 

About Texas Volunteer Mediator Association (TVMA)

Why TVMA?

Learning that thousands of cases are filed each week into the Harris County County Courts at Law made me wonder how these cases could possibly have an opportunity for mediation through our local dispute resolution centers or law school clinics. The answer is they cannot – the volume is just too great. Then add in the cases in justice of the peace courts and district courts and it quickly became apparent there was a gap the size of the grand canyon. 

We are here to change that.

How do I become a mediator?

If you are an attorney, law student, or recent JD that has completed your 40 hour certificate, follow the link below!

We are finalizing the registration portal and will send you a link once it is active. In the meantime, you will have access to our up coming trainings!

 

Meet the board

Come and meet our initial board of directors. These are the people who are helping get this project off the ground. We hope to expand and include those who share our goal of increasing access to justice. 

advanced training

How do you handle body language in a virtual mediation? What about large parties? Those with disabilities? We will be offering classes throughout the year from some of the very best mediators, legal, and people experts in the country.

We have been approved by the State Bar of Texas to roll our our first CLE on Implicit Bias – a two hour class that will give you two hours of ethics for 2021! 

Sign up below and we’ll let you know when the live and on-demand classes are scheduled in January 2021.

 

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

 

Hi, Denise Peterson here. This was my crazy idea, born not only of awareness of need but also because so many newly-trained mediators have reached out to me over the past few years looking for opportunities to improve and grow their skills. 

We are a non-profit registered with the State of Texas and waiting for confirmation of our 501(c)(3) status. 

COVID actually made this possible because people are now more comfortable with using online services to conduct mediations rather than face-to-face meetings. 

 There is quite a bit we need to have working in the background before we can start accepting cases. First, we need volunteers! Sometime in January people will be able to make an account and sign up as a mediator. In the meantime, you can give us your email address and we will send you a link once registration is live.

Once that is up and working, we will be creating a back end that allows clients to register their cases and streamline calendaring. The goal to go live is by March 31, 2021! That may seem way in the future but there is a fair amount of programming that needs to happen. 

 There will be a small fee associated for these mediations to cover our overhead.  

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Volunteer Today! (click here)

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"There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has."

- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1964)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I become a volunteer mediator?

Thanks to 2020, our registration portal is not quite ready yet but in the meantime, if you are a recent JD, law student, or attorney in good standing with the State of Texas and have completed your basic mediation course, please click the “volunteer to mediate” above so we can get your informarion and send you a registration link once live.

How do I get my 40 hour basic training?

Local law schools and dispute resolution centers run classes throughout the year and we highly recommend you connect with them to take one of their classes. All of them are providing virtual options.

How do I get my 40 hour basic training?

Local law schools and dispute resolution centers run classes throughout the year and we highly recommend you connect with them to take one of their classes. All of them are providing virtual options.

How do I get my 40 hour basic training?

Local law schools and dispute resolution centers run classes throughout the year and we highly recommend you connect with them to take one of their classes. All of them are providing virtual options.