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Joining an SCMA committee provides you with a unique opportunity to meet leaders in the Southern California mediation field. Becoming more involved in the organization is an excellent way to enhance your visibility in the mediation community, and offers a platform by which you can increase your network and enhance your practice. Become a leader in the Southern California mediation community and join an SCMA committee today.
If you would like to join a committee, please contact the Committee chairperson.
The communications committee enhances the relationship between the organization, it’s members, and the public. The communications committee coordinates all social media and electronic communications on behalf of the organization. Members of this committee help manage the website, weekly communications with SCMA members, the SCMA blog, the SCMA writer’s corner, and work to develop marking campaigns for various SCMA initiatives. The Committee is especially interested in finding a volunteer to assist with SCMA’s social media presence. This committee meets monthly, and committee members are asked to make a one year commitment.
- Committee Co-Chair: Victoria Gray at email@example.com
- Committee Co-Chair: Lee Blackman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles Superior Court Liaison
- Contact Tom Hanrahan at email@example.com for more information.
Members of this committee are the liaisons between the general membership and the Board of Directors. Join the membership committee to meet everyone in the organization, help develop a wide range of member benefits, and encourage others to join based on the value of membership to their professional development. This committee meets monthly, and committee members are asked to make a one year commitment.
- Committee Co-Chair: Wendy Forrester at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Committee Co-Chair: Jack Goetz at email@example.com
The Mentorship Program offers an opportunity for new mediators to learn how to succeed in the field of mediation. One of the important components is shadowing SCMA mediators.
- Program Chair David Scott Levaton, ESQ at firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the Outreach Committee is to expand the visibility of the SCMA and the process of mediation throughout Southern California. This Committee works to build and expand SCMA’s relationships with various professional organizations including bar associations, chambers of commerce, community mediation centers, mediation panels, and government organizations. Additionally this committee is working to develop ways to educate the general public about mediation and to empower individuals to request mediation as a way to resolve their disputes. This committee meets monthly, and committee members are asked to make a one year commitment.
- Committee Chair: Bill Molfetta at email@example.com
The SCMA programs committee coordinates many cutting edge events and programs throughout the year, including the SCMA Annual Conference, the SCMA Employment Mediation Institute, Professional Development Seminars, study groups, networking mixers, and more. Join this committee and be a leader in developing the events that support practice growth and development for SCMA members. This committee meets monthly, and committee members are asked to make a one year commitment.
- Committee Chair: Jason Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCMA Professional Development Groups
SCMA has created various Professional Development Groups 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. Professional Development Groups typically meet once a month in the evenings for approximately two hours, throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties and have between 10 to 20 members. Professional Development Groups are free of charge to SCMA members and are currently held in:
- Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley
- Orange County
- San Diego
- San Fernando Valley
- Santa Barbara
- South Bay
- Westside/Santa Monica
- Committee Chair: Mark Lewis at email@example.com
Ad Hoc Committee on Mediation Confidentiality
The California Law Revision Commission is studying changes to the provisions of California law that protect the privacy of mediations by barring the disclosure of mediation communications except in very limited circumstances. The study is focused on the relationship between mediation confidentiality and attorney misconduct. For detailed summary of the study, see http://www.clrc.ca.gov/K402.html.
The SCMA ad hoc committee monitors the deliberations of the Law Revision Commission, assists SCMA’s President advocate for SCMA’s members, and provides background information and resources for members interested in the mediation confidentiality study. President Siegal’s letter to the Commission is available at http://www.scmediation.org/2015/12/letter-barbara-gaal/. SCMA’s Mediation Confidentiality webpages are available at https://www.scmediation.org/mediation-confidentiality/.
Committee Chair: Joe Markowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCMA’s Mediation Confidentiality webpages are curated by Lee Blackman, who can be contacted at email@example.com.
Ad Hoc Committee on Mediator Certification
- Jack Goetz firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.