About Southern California Mediation Association

The Southern California Mediation Association, founded in 1989, is devoted to promoting mediation as a tool for resolving conflict. Mediation empowers parties to design their own solutions to disputes that might otherwise prove costly and cumbersome to resolve in court or arbitration. Mediation can also be used to solve problems that might not be suitable for court at all. SCMA provides resources for the public to learn more about mediation, and to find mediators skilled in assisting with all kinds of disputes. To find a suitable mediator, and learn more about whether mediation can help resolve your family’s or your business’s dispute, go to the Select a Mediator page.

Welcome to the new members – February 2017!

• Lenton Aikins• Karen Citivate• Joe Dillon
• Sarah English• Richard Erhard• Carol Kochoff
• Leticia Ostler• Jessica Peyton• Rashon Woods

Select A Mediator Online Directory

SCMA’s Select A Mediator Directory, Launched in 2013, provides an easy and useful directory of SCMA members who have completed 40 hours of mediation training, or the equivalent, and who currently serve, or have  previously served, on a recognized court mediation panel.

The directory can be searched by name, proximity to a particular zip code, areas of practice expertise, billing practices, and billing rates. Many members participate in a reduced rate program for members of the public who find mediators through the SCMA Mediator Directory.

Upcoming SCMA Events

SCMA presents many programs and events throughout the year ranging from Social to Networking to Education to Professional Development.

May 04

SCMA’S 5th Annual Celebration of Peer Mediation

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Los Angeles
May 06


May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Santa Monica
May 12


May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 18

2017 Employment Mediation Institute

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Los Angeles
Jun 09


June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Writer’s Corner

CLIMATE CHANGE, by Floyd Siegal

Those attending the 28th Annual Conference of SCMA had the privilege of hearing the keynote address of Senator George Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate. In his remarks, Senator Mitchell noted how divisive the two presidential campaigns had been, and emphasized the need to change the political climate.

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Don’t miss out on fantastic benefits like our Select A Mediator Directory as well as professional programs and networking events.

Mediation Confidentiality

California protects privacy in mediations because candor is essential to effective mediations.  But changes have been proposed.

SCMA is a trusted resource on this issue.

Calendar of Events

Find out and post professional training, development and special events by SCMA and other organizations.

President’s Message

News & Announcements

Job and Career Opportunities

The SCMA is proud to introduce our new Job Opportunities directory. Looking for a Job? Have a Job to post?

SCMA Education Foundation

scma-ef-logo-wideThe SCMA Education Foundation’s mission is to support the education of mediators and increase public awareness of mediation so that it becomes the first option for conflict resolution in personal, professional and community disputes.

The Foundation supports the education of mediators of all ages and increased awareness of the benefits of mediation to the community.

Contribute today so the Foundation can plan its programs knowing that they are supported by the premiere mediation association in Southern California.