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.

SCMA’s mission is to nurture, expand, and develop the practice, profession, and community of mediation.

Upcoming SCMA Events

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

Tue 11

SCMA West Side PDG Meeting

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 25

SCMA South Bay PDG – Save the Date

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sep 03

SCMA September Soiree Networking Event

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Oct 17

SCMA Annual Fall Conference – SAVE THE DATE

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Los Angeles

President’s Message

Conference 2019 Recap & Keynote Speech

In case you missed it, the Keynote Speech from last year’s Conference is up! We were grateful to have Professor Leonard Riskin as the Keynote Speaker and his talk was amazing to say the least. Make sure to check it out!

Litigation Nuts & Bolts Training for Mediators

The Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), in collaboration with the Mediator Certification Consortium of California (MC3), is pleased to announce the launch of its online/on-demand course on Litigation Nuts and Bolts Training for Mediators. This is a three (3) hour training, on litigation terminology, processes, rules, and procedure!

The SCMA regularly hosts webinars to help you grow professionally and personally. Topics range from Sales & Marketing to Business Development & Operations to Mediation & Conflict Resolution. SCMA members receive discounted rates.

Benefits of Mediation

Benefits of Membership

Professional Development Groups

SCMA has created various Professional Development Groups (PDGs) to provide peer support, peer review and case analysis, to analyze and study ongoing developments in the laws surrounding mediation, as well as any other topics of interest to their members.

PDGs typically meet once a month for approximately two hours, in various locations, have between 10 to 20 attendees, and are free of charge to SCMA members.

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

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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.

Kids Managing Conflict (KMC) is a SCMA Educational Foundation (SCMAEF) program and is designed to support and promote programs in K-12 schools that teach students conflict management skills to enrich their lives into adulthood. KMC / SCMAEF is a 501(c)(3) organization and is the charitable and educational arm of SCMA.