About the SCMA

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.

Upcoming SCMA Events

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

Tue 19

PDG San Diego

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego
Wed 20

PDG San Fernando Valley

February 20 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Tue 26

PDG South Bay

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Manhattan Beach
May 18

2019 SCMA Employment Mediation Institute

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 07

2019 SCMA Family Mediation Institute

June 7 - June 8
Santa Ana

President’s Message

News & Announcements

SCMA Presents: "Politics, Dialogue & the Evolution of Democracy" by 2018 Conference Keynote - Ken Cloke [VIDEO]

For those who weren‘t able to attend the 2018 Annual Conference, we‘ve decided to give a you a little taste of what you missed! This incredible opening plenary given by Keynote Speaker Ken Cloke on the subject matter of his latest book, "Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy" was timely, informative and so inspiring. Attendees will not soon forget this past year‘s conference, and we thank you all for attending!

Select A Mediator 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.

Benefits of Mediation

Writer‘s Corner

The NFL's Moral Disengagement

This article originally appeared on PGP Mediation's Website on January 30, 2019. Having attended both undergraduate and law school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, I am a Saints fan and like many, watched the game between the…

New Mediation Confidentiality Law

This article originally appeared on PGP Mediation's Website on September 12, 2018. On September 11, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 954 which (when it takes effect on January 1, 2019) will require attorneys to inform their clients of…

Welcome to the New / Renewing Members

January 2019

• Adrianne Aguirre• Peggy Barnes• Karen Bell• James Carluccio• Kathleen Coble
• Russell Cooper• Randy Drew• Daniel Epp• Karrin Feemster• Eloise Fiske
• Susan Goland• Elisa Kisselburg• Amanda Larson• Jameson Lingl• Ryan Liu
• Dawne Loera• Alexandro Lopez• Cynthia Makin• Bonnie Massien• Brian Nelson
• Charles Pereyra-Suarez• Thomas Reilly• Barry Ross• Floyd Siegal• Eunice Song
• Shannon Stewart• Katherine Thomas• Jimmie Thompson• Judith Weigle

Join Today

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.

SCMA Education Foundation

The SCMA Education Foundation’s mission is to support and promote programs in K-12 schools that teach students conflict management skills to enrich their lives into adulthood.

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.

2019 Family Mediation Institute

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