I hope you all are having a great Summer and are gearing up for a great Fall! Since I have last spoken to you, the SCMA had our annual Employment Mediation Institute at Pepperdine in late June. On behalf of the SCMA, I would like to send a huge “Thank You” to Pepperdine University for hosting our event, the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo for sponsoring the event, and our esteemed panelists for their wonderful insights into the different aspects of employment disputes. There are a few things going on as we head into the second half of 2017 and I’m very excited to let you know about them.
On August 10, we are having our annual Summer Mixer at the Wokcano Restaurant in Santa Monica! This is a great opportunity to meet and catch up with your fellow SCMA members amidst great food and great atmosphere. The Summer Mixer is free to SCMA members, so I encourage all to attend. Everyone must register to attend here:
We are also one month closer to our 29th Annual SCMA Fall Conference! This conference promises a great number of programs that will give you more tools to improve and increase your practice. In addition, William Ury, co-author of the book “Getting to Yes”, will be the recipient of our Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award and will be delivering the keynote speech at the conference! The SCMA Fall Conference will be held at the L.A. Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles on October 20 and 21, 2017. Information regarding Registration and Venue here:
I would also like to take the time to recommend the Professional Development Groups (PDG) in SCMA. Mediation can be a lonely profession and it is a wonderful resource to be able to gather with like-minded mediators in your area and talk about interesting cases, share marketing strategies, and even gain some new friends. Please look out for a PDG in your area and be a part of the growing mediation community. And if you don’t see a PDG in your area, create one! Please see our website calendar here:
Anne Sawyer is an independent Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultant. In addition her private consultation practice, she is the Executive Director of the Southern California Mediation Association.
Her mission is to foster, support and promote mediators and other neutrals and to further increase peaceful resolution of conflicts. Raising public awareness as to the many values of mediation and increase its use to address a broad variety of public and private disputes in a confidential, safe and empowering process is her passion.