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Joe Markowitz, President

President\'s Message

It’s that time of year when much of our membership needs to renew, and those who have not yet joined should consider doing so. For those wondering about the benefits of membership...


SCMA on The Conflict's Specialist Show

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SCMA on The Conflict\'s Specialist Show

Dave Hilton of the Conflict Specialists Show interviews our Executive Director which covers the History and Mission of the SCMA, Membership Options and more...


Professional Development

For 2014

SCMA hosts Professional Development Speakers periodically throughout the year, relating to the business and substance of mediation.


SCMA News & Announcements

Success In Commercial Mediation: The Secrets of Proper Preparation


April 22, 2014 

6:00pm – 6:30 pm Networking; 6:30pm – 8:00 pm Presentation by Jeff Kichaven

Join SCMA Past President Jeff Kichaven and some special surprise guests for this exciting and interactive program as they disclose the secret missing ingredient for successful Commercial Mediation: Methodical, Thorough, Proper Preparation. Tested and proven techniques that you can put to work on your very next case to increase the chances of settlement and client satisfaction.

MCLE: 1.5 General Credits


SCMA Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $35.00
Students: $25.00


DINNER PROVIDED; Join SCMA at this event and attend for FREE! RSVP to

Venue: Antonello Ristorante
3800 S. Coast Plaza Drive,
Santa Ana, CA, US, 92704

2014 SCMA Employment Mediation Institute

Pepperdine School of Law Logo2Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:00 – 9:00p.m.

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner and Networking
7:00pm – 9:00pm Evening Program

This program is a highly beneficial opportunity for mediators and advocates to gain advanced practical skills, discuss current trends in employment law, and enhance results in employment mediations.


Pepperdine University West LA Campus

Pepperdine University Plaza
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045


$75.00 for SCMA MEMBER, $95.00 for Non-SCMA Member, $35.00 for SCMA STUDENT MEMBER, $50.00 for Non-SCMA Student, $50.00 for Government/Non-Profit Employee,

Reduced rate parking will be available on site.

MCLE: (2.0 Hours of MCLE Credit)


Mean Streets of Hollywood: The Truth About Conflict in Entertainment

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

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Co-Sponsored by SCMA and California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA), this program will feature a discussion of the nuances of entertainment mediation.  Panelists will discuss the legal issues that arise in entertainment mediations including the most common types of conflicts, relevant case law, and practice development resources. This program will also provide practice tips including a discussion of confidentiality, power imbalances, continuing future relationships, encouraging advocate civility, and managing creative personality types.

Larry Zerner, Esq., Zerner Law

Bill Weinstein, Verve Literary & Talent Agency

Terri Lubaroff, Agency for Dispute Resolution


There is no charge to attend this event.


Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor

MCLE: 2.0


Ken Cloke Public Dialogue Training

Saturday June 14, 2014, 10:00 am-5:00 pm


Presented by MBB, in partnership with SCMA, INVLA,  Straus Institute Pepperdine School of Law and hosted by Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution.


Loyola Law School 919 Albany Street Los Angeles CA

Participants will be offered the opportunity to participate in facilitating community dialogues organized by MBB-LA and INVLA. Learn skills to facilitate public dialogues gain the ability to improve communication enhance understanding and generate collaborative problem solving in our communities organizations and beyond borders.


Mediators Beyond Borders and Mr Ken Cloke a leading conflict resolution specialist offers this training to increase the capacity of the mediators and community activists to respond to conflict within our communities


Registration includes the one-day training, materials and lunch:

MCLE Pending at higher fee

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Non-MBB Members – $150.00 (6 month free MBB-LA membership for joining at this event)

SCMA Members – $120

MBB Members – $100.00

Students – $50.00

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Scholarships are available.


And or further information and

MBB Event Flyer 6.14.14

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The 26th Annual SCMA Conference, tentatively entitled “Roads to Resolution,” will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. This year we are adopting a more formalized process to solicit proposals for conference workshops, and are asking that all panel organizers submit proposals in writing to be evaluated by a selection committee.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a workshop to be presented at the 26th Annual SCMA Conference, please fill out the form below. Proposals must be submitted on or before June 1, 2014, and we expect to notify panel organizers on or about July 15, 2014 if they have been selected to present at the conference.

We welcome all interesting and well-thought-out proposals on any of the various topics traditionally covered at our fall conference. We are especially looking for presentations geared toward the intersection of psychology and conflict resolution. We encourage, for example, workshops on inter-disciplinary approaches to mediation, and on understanding the role that psychological factors play in conflict.

Please contact our programs committee chair, Robyn Weinstein (, with any questions regarding your proposals. We are here to help!

Professional Development

Pepperdine 27th Annnual Summer Professional Skills Program

Pepperdine School of Law Logo2June 19-21, 2014 

A World-Class View of Dispute Resolution – Translating Theory into Practice

Featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts in dispute resolution, this comprehensive program provides three days of unique educational opportunities for practicing professionals. Participants will network with nationally prominent faculty, as well as participants from the other specialties at plenary sessions, lunches, and receptions.

Venue: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University  School of Law, Malibu, California

Fee: The registration fee, including meals and materials, is $1,295.  Registrations received by Friday, May 9, 2014, receive a $100 discount. See registration site for details.

Register: Early enrollment is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe.

Register Now

View the Brochure. Contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail to enroll or to request a brochure

MCLE: 18 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

In cooperation with

AAA Essential Skills in the Art of Mediation For New Mediators

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June 16-20, 2014

Venue: American Arbitration Association LA Office

725 South Figueroa Street
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA   

Cost: General $1595; AAA Roster of Neutrals Member $1395.

Click here for registration, faculty, and CLE Credit information.

Hours: 40 hours over 5 consecutive days.

MCPG Collaborative Trainings


Presented by Marina Collaborative Practice Group

Collaborative Legal Training - June 6, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT 

Collaborative Financial Training - September 12, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT 


Peace Talks Mediation Services
8055 W. Manchester Avenue Suite 201
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Cost: $300 for single training, $750 all three trainings; discount for MCPG $200 for single training, $450 all three trainings and $25 discount per training for SCMA Members.


CYS Restorative Justice Mediation Training

8 Day, 50 hour training: May 17, 2014 8am-5pm, May 20, 2014 6pm-5pm; May 22, 2014 5pm-9pm; May 23 8am-5pm; May 24, 2014 8am-5pm; May 29, 2014 5pm-9pm; May 30, 2014 8am-5pm and May 31 8am-5pm.

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Venue: CYS South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Center

110S. La Brea Ave 3 d Floor Conference Room

Inglewood, CA 90301

Registration:; For more information call Vilma Giron 310-970-7717

AIM – Mediating the Non-Litigated Dispute with Doug Noll

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May 16-17, 2014 – 9:00-5:00 p.m. PT


Offices of American Institute of Mediation
1880 Century Park East, Suite 1004
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Fee: General Enrollment $1095, $975 by April 25, 2014; SCMA member $400 discount off the price if you enroll on or before April 25, 2014 or just $695.  


At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to build or expand their practice beyond the litigated case and/or utilize advanced strategies in integrative problem-solving for their complex business or family disputes, including but not limited to:

Understanding critical pre-mediation and diagnostic services when party participation is entirely voluntary;

Recognizing the six needs of victims;

Designing and implementing problem-solving strategies that preserve important relationships;

Leading a group through a structured decision-making process;

Conducting strategic facilitations between potential partners;

Managing joint session mediation processes in separation and non-separation scenarios;

Practicing mediating complex business disputes that are not in litigation, where all sides feel victimized, and where relationships must be preserved;

Constructing a marketing plan to sell these services outside of the legal market.

MCLE: 13 hours, including 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of elimination of bias.



Conversity: APADRC Annual Awards Dinner and Fundraiser

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6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) for an evening of celebration and awards for the APADRC’s 25th Anniversary.


Luminarias Restaurant
3500 W. Ramona Blvd.,
Monterey Park, CA 91754


Individual $110; Student $35.00