PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I’m delighted to begin my message this month with some genuinely exciting news. Last week,the SCMA Education Foundation (“SCMA-EF ”) was awarded a $10,000 grant to support the development of Peer Mediation Programs in local middle schools and high schools!! The grant, generously awarded by the Judicate West Foundation, will enable SCMA-EF to continue — […]
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About Anne Sawyer
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.
Entries by Anne Sawyer
As I reach the midpoint of my term as President of SCMA, I can’t believe how quickly the first six months have flown by — nor how much we’ve been able to pack into those first six months! On May 19th, SCMA added to the list with its annual Employment Mediation Institute — traditionally the most […]
April was a bittersweet month for SCMA — a month where, among other things, we celebrated our Past Presidents, but also, sadly, a month that ended with the passing of a longtime andcommitted member of the SCMA community. On April 4th and April 6th, respectively, the Pasadena and Santa Barbara Professional Development Groups held their meetings. […]
March definitely lived up to its advance billing as another exciting month for SCMA. April is jam-packed with activity as well. Looking ahead, the annual Employment Institute is scheduled for May 19th and additional programming will be announced shortly for the month of June.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE February was another fantastic month for SCMA! On February 20th, Mark, Baer, Len Levy and Terra Russell Slavin presented their compelling workshop “Equal Rights for the LGBT Community: The Last Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement,” followed by an equally important workshop “Critical Race Theory: Introduction to the Genre, Intellectual Influences and Emerging […]
Lying for the Sake of the Deal (Ethics CLE) Let’s review what is a “bad” versus a “noble” lie and query whether a lie is different or distinguishable from partial truth, puffing, exaggeration, understatement or non-disclosure. Then let’s review and remind ourselves about some of the ethical canons that are supposed to guide our actions […]
Give Peace on #GivingTuesday 12/1 We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On #GivingTuesday, give to share peace building and conflict resolution skills with our schools. Spend Less on Black Friday and give more this Tuesday. A wonderfully […]
November 9, 2015 Dear Trained Facilitators,Thank you to all of you who have been facilitating with us for these Days of Dialogue on the Future of Policing. With your consistent presence and practice, we have conducted over 20 sessions, engaging over 1000 members of the community and law enforcement, with participants ranging in age […]
1925 ~ 2015 “The nature of men and of organized society dictates the maintenance in every field of action of the highest and purest standards of justice and right dealing…It must include sympathy and helpfulness and a willingness to forego self-interest in order to promote the welfare, happiness and contentment of others and the community […]
As summer approaches, things at the SCMA have not slowed down. We have some wonderful programs coming up in the month of June. On June 18, 2015, the SCMA is hosting an MCLE program entitled Solving Ethical Pickles in Family Law, which is geared towards those who mediate divorce and family law disputes. This program is […]