2013 Annual Fall Conference

25th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference

2013 SCMA 25th Annual Fall Conference

Friday, November 1, 2013 – Saturday, November 2, 2013
Pepperdine University School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263


Crisis and Opportunity: Expanding the Field of Conflict Resolution

SCMA’s 25th annual fall conference will take place at Pepperdine University in Malibu on November 2, 2013. Our theme this year is “Crisis and Opportunity: Expanding the Field of Conflict Resolution.” The theme is drawn in part from our organization’s efforts to create new opportunities for mediators in the wake of the unexpected closing of the Los Angeles County Superior Court ADR program. It is also meant to  get people thinking about how the tools of our trade can be used to solve a myriad of problems, from international conflict to partisan gridlock in Washington to environmental pollution to gun violence.

The SCMA would like to thank our sponsors, Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and the American Institute of Mediation.  We are grateful to Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for hosting this conference, and the American Institute of Mediation for providing the faculty and content of the Advanced Track.

Conference Highlights

Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award to Seeds of Peace

SCMA is proud to present this year’s Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year award to Seeds of Peace, an organization devoted to building relationships between young people from conflict-ridden areas of the world, on the theory that while governments can negotiate treaties, peace is made by people. We will hear from a representative of this organization describing the work done in their camp in Maine.

L. Randolph Lowry Award to Professor A. Marco Turk

The SCMA presents the L. Randolph Lowry Award to a member of the dispute resolution community who has honored and inspired us through their passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution.  This year the SCMA presents this award to Professor A. Marco Turk for his work founding the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, & Peacebuilding program at California State University Dominguez Hills.   Professor Turk will be honored at a cocktail reception on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.  To register to attend this event click HERE.

NEW! LAPD Biased Policing Complaint Mediation Program

The SCMA is excited to announce that the Los Angeles Police Department will be presenting it’s new Biased Policing Complaint Mediation program during the morning plenary session of this year’s conference.  Commander Richard Webb, Commander Stuart Maislin, and Detective Supervisor Katherine Haskins of the Los Angeles Police Department will present the department’s brand new Biased Policing Complaint Mediation Program, and describe how the department decided to adopt this new method of dealing with complaints of racial profiling and other types of bias.

NEW! SCMA Advocacy Track

For the first time, this year’s conference includes a series of workshops which will focus on advocacy in mediation. Advocacy Track workshops are geared towards attorneys who represent clients in mediations and are looking to further their expertise in negotiation and mediation advocacy. This track includes of a double-length program led by renowned mediator Jeff Kichaven and award-winning Professor Hal Abramson, who will demonstrate techniques attorneys can use to achieve better results for their clients through mediation. For more information about the Advanced Track click HERE.

SCMA Advanced Track

Register for the Cocktail Reception & Dinner now »

The SCMA is offering a track specifically geared toward experienced mediation practitioners. This year the advanced track will present workshops on dealing with impasse, and on using mediators’ core values. The advanced track will also include a panel of top mediators offering tips on how they raised their practice to a high level, and a panel presenting advocates’ views of traits and techniques they value in mediators.