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.

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!

When Good Mediators Make Bad Decisions: A Look at Ethical Fading in Mediation

Presented by: Stephanie Blondell An important, foundational approach to mediation ethics is, of course, thorough knowledge of the relevant codes, statutes, and rules in your jurisdiction. This session takes an alternate psychological approach to ethics and asks the question: How do good ethical mediators make bad ethical decisions? We will examine the range of psychological processes that lead people to engage in ethically questionable behaviors that are often inconsistent with their preferred moral code. We will explore how this ethical fading happens in the mediation profession and how to prevent it.

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

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

December 2018

• Ted Andrews• Harlan Barbanell
• Ronald Berges
• Anne Buchanan• Sidney Kanazawa
• Kevin Chroman• Kenneth Cloke• Paul Crost• Stanley Dale• Lynette Kim
• Wm. Matthew Ditzhazy• Aubrey Ellis• Wendy Forrester• Lucia Galante Johnson• Lisa Kiriakidis
• Douglas Glass• Juan Carlos Gonzalez• Sue Gramacy• Victoria Gray• Kelly Knight
• Leonard Gross• Robert Hanger• James Hastings• Jeanne Jorgensen• John Kristofferson
• Leslie Kushner• Mitchell Lathrop• Jean Lawler• Sayre Macneil• Christine Masters
• Randall Meadows• Jean-Paul Menard• Vaijayanti Mondkar• John Morrison• Hali Paul
• Phyllis Pollack• Brent Rosenbaum• Jon Samnick• Caroline Stauffer• Noah Stein
• Andrea Van Leesten• Alexandra Vazquez-Sherman• Marvin Whistler• Lance Widman• Alexander Williams
• Ralph Williams, III• Wean Wong

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.


Presented by: Stephanie Blondell
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