26th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference
November 7-8, 2014

The theme of this year’s conference, hosted once again by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law,  is “Roads to Resolution,” and will feature a number of panels discussing psychological considerations in mediation such as the psychology of greed, transference, the role of anxiety, and much more.  Other panels will address innovations in the field such as mediator certification, organizational conflict management, the use of improv techniques in mediation, and various technological advances in the field.

The conference will also feature an advanced track organized by Lee Jay Berman and the American Institute of Mediation (AIM), which will be returning for the third consecutive year.

Approximately 6 hours MCLE credit will be available.

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L. Randolph Lowry Award

SCMA’s 26th Annual Fall Conference will open with a cocktail reception on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Tiato in Santa Monica, beginning at 6:00 p.m., where we will be honoring UCLA Professor Russell Korobkin, with the L. Randolph Lowry Award.

Russell KorobRussell Korobkinkin is the Richard C. Maxwell Professor of Law and the faculty director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at the UCLA School of Law.  He is the author of Negotiation Theory and Strategy (3d ed., 2014), K: A Common Law Approach to Contracts(2012), and more than 50 journal articles on the subjects of negotiation, contracts, and other areas of law, business, and human behavior.  A former San Francisco management consultant and Washington D.C. lawyer, Professor Korobkin earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.  In addition to UCLA, he has taught full time at the University of Illinois, University of Texas, and Harvard University Law Schools, and he has taught intensive negotiation courses to undergraduates, MBA students and law students at 10 universities on four continents.  He also provides negotiation training for professional groups, negotiation consulting, and mediation services. 

Professor Korobkin organizes an annual colloquium on negotiation and conflict resolution at UCLA, presenting a distinguished series of academic presentations by visiting professors on topics related to negotiation and conflict resolution.



Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer will be the conference’s keynote speaker and this year’s recipient of the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year award. Mr. Feuer is being recognized for bringing a more collaborative and problem-solving approach to the City Attorney’s office, an approach he has also displayed throughout his distinguished career in public service.

06-12-2014, Portraits of  Mike Feuer  in CLA Office Room 265As City Attorney, Mr. Feuer has emphasized quality of life improvements in L.A.’s neighborhoods. He is expanding the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, leading efforts to prevent gun violence, developing innovative approaches to gang violence, domestic abuse and school safety, and aggressively pursuing environmental justice and other efforts to protect vulnerable Angelenos. Feuer previously served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. As a Los Angeles City Council member, Feuer chaired the Budget and Finance Committee. Prior to that, Feuer served as Executive Director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, one of the nation’s leading public interest law firms.

The recipient of dozens of awards for his achievements for seniors, children, environmental protection, gun violence prevention, access to justice, transportation improvements, civil rights, education reform and more, Feuer has taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He also practiced law at two prominent firms, Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley and Morrison & Foerster, and was a commentator on NPR member station KPCC.


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